Test Peugeot 508 SW 2.0 BlueHDi 180 GT Line

Just over a year ago we brought you the proof of the Peugeot 508. Without a doubt, the second generation of the 508 has been a revolution. A brutal change compared to its predecessor, providing much more style, technology and a sportier set. Of course, its price also rose considerably. In any case, it does not seem to be doing badly, as it is among the best sellers in its category among individuals.

The thing is that a few weeks ago the Peugeot 508 SW, the family body of this model for segment D. Why not try it? Taking advantage of the fact that we were changing bodywork, we also asked the brand to give us a unit with another engine. Welcome to the test of this new Peugeot 508 SW in sporty GT Line finish and with the engine 2.0 BlueHDi 180 hp. Do we start

Is it a relative or a shooting brake?

As always, we start with the Exterior design. Nobody can say that the Peugeot 508 is not a striking car. It has been on the market for more than a year and continues to twist necks in its wake. Of course this unit with the GT Line sport finish and the pearly white color is very striking. And that is a family body! Also, it's not that Peugeot I would have bet very heavily on design a few years ago.

Well, honestly, I wouldn't know whether to classify it as a family member or a shooting brake. Its aesthetic is very sporty, with a short body and a certain coupé style.. Note, for example, that the doors do not have a top frame; a very sporty detail. That is why I doubt whether to classify it as a family sedan or, directly, as a shooting brake.

Be that as it may, on the front its sharp main headlights and the vertical strip of LEDs that try to simulate two fangs stand out. Said lighting acts as daytime running light and also as an intermittent light. It seems to me a very personal design, but it is no less true that this part is very exposed to possible blows that would not make us too happy. I think it's relatively easy for someone while parking to rub on those fangs and break them. I don't know how much the joke will cost, perhaps more expensive than going to the dentist... I also find the upper grille and its chrome-finish weave very attractive.

As a curiosity, the 508 bears the model name also at the front, on the central edge next to the hood.

If the front view imposes, the lateral it doesn't fall short. This is where the great length of this model is appreciated, with 4,83 meters long. It looks like a short and very long car, with a body that is also low to the ground. Despite this, a disproportionate vehicle is not seen, far from it. In this unit we have tinted rear windows and various details in gloss black, such as the roof rails, the mirror housings or the window surrounds. It looks amazing, really.

The exterior dimensions of the Peugeot 508 SW are 4.829 mm in length, 1.828 in width, 1.476 in height and a wheelbase of 2.817 mm. Yes, it is a big car.

And the rear it was not going to be less spectacular. Look at the design. The narrow LED taillights, elongated with three claws and communicated by a gloss black stripe that maintains the thickness, the straight and marked shapes, the gloss black diffuser and the presence of a rather striking dual exhaust outlet on the left side. Not bad, right? Honestly, I wouldn't know which part of the exterior design to keep.

Lots of tech inside, but is it totally practical?

El interior It also stands out for being very technological, but it has its good things and its bad things. To begin with, the access to the cabin is not good because it is a relatively short car for its segment, some care must be taken. Older or less agile people will not like it too much.

Once in the driving position, we find practically the same as we saw in the test of the 508 saloon. I mean the Peugeot Cockpit, with a very small steering wheel and with the digital instrument panel that can be seen above the aforementioned steering wheel. I personally don't like; and it is that the upper part of the ring covers the information that appears in the lower part of the instrument panel. Of course, there are people who adapt perfectly, but that is not my case.

Then we have the issue of center console, which is very prominent and personally gives me a certain feeling of being overwhelmed. Being so bulky, it gives the impression that it is not a very wide car; something that is increased by the low height of the bodywork and the relatively high beltline.

In your favor you have to materials used in the upholstery are of good qualityboth on the doors and on the dashboard. We return to the opposite side, because the system of infotainment and I don't like the structuring of the functions either. I don't see it as intuitive and it seems to me a very serious mistake to integrate the air conditioning inside the touch screen. Where the usual roulettes are, remove everything else.

The fluidity of the system is relatively correct but, as I say, I don't like the organization of the functions; and that we have some buttons for direct access to the main menus. The quality of vision is also not very there, especially in the external cameras. A failure, more than anything because the car itself and its design provide an elegant, technological and high-quality touch.

To finish off with the negative points of this front part of the passenger compartment, of course, the piano black. Peugeot has used a lot of glossy black, especially in the central part that divides the front seats. As I always tell you, this finish looks very nice, but you have to keep in mind that it is impossible to keep it clean and that it scratches relatively easily. By the way, under this prominent center console there is a hole, where the wireless charging surface and the connection sockets are located; leaving a complex and impractical access.

On the bright side inside I would highlight the short driving position, very sporty, and with the legs stretched out. Also the quality of these optional seats. It is a very elegant red "seller" leather that has heating. Of course, it costs a whopping 3.050 euros, a somewhat expensive whim and in which, personally, I think it should also include ventilation. The front seats incorporate electrical adjustment and have a massage function.

I don't forget about focal sound equipment. It is true, it is not cheap, it is 850 euros extra, but the sound quality is very good. Music-loving customers are sure to appreciate its ten speakers, bass cabinet and twelve-channel amplifier. If music or audio equipment is not something that excites you, you can do without it.

The rear seats of the Peugeot 508 SW are improvable

El access at rear seats It's better than the sedan body, but still worse than many of its alternatives. It is the toll to pay for such a sporty and aspirational design, despite being in a family body. You have to be a little careful when entering and exiting. As they say, you can't have everything in life...

Once inside, in this second row of seats the improvement in habitability with respect to the sedan is noted. We've got several inches more headroom, and with the roof in a higher position and the windows slightly larger, it doesn't feel as cramped. Legroom is adequate, but could be improved, and as is common in most cars, there is no room for five adults to travel comfortably. The side seats are comfortable and collect relatively well.

For the rest, we have air vents without temperature regulation, two USB sockets in the central area, a folding armrest, pockets on the backs to place papers or magazines and, finally, the impression of quality in these rear seats is still quite elevated. Can we see the trunk?

Peugeot 508 SW trunk

In this Peugeot 508 SW we have a gate with automatic opening and closing. When we open it, we are greeted by a 530 liter trunk. This data places it more or less in the average of the segment, but the good thing is that it offers quite usable shapes, elements to hold the load and more than correct interior upholstery. We can lower the seats in two asymmetrical parts (60:40) from the trunk itself by means of handles, reaching 1.780 liters.

mechanical offer

What are the available engines in this Peugeot 508 SW? Well, we have diesel, gasoline and plug-in hybrid engines. Let's go by parts, as "Jack the Ripper" said.

If we start with the family diesel, the access versions carry the 1.5 hp 130 BlueHDi engine, which is the only one that can also be combined with a manual gearbox, since the rest necessarily come with the EAT8 transmission, with a torque converter. Above we find a 2.0 BlueHDi that is offered in both a 160 and 180 hp version.

The range of gasoline It always revolves around a 1.6 PureTech block, which is available with a power of 180 hp, to which must be added a 225 hp that only makes an appearance with the GT sports finish. Recently added to the range is a plug-in hybrid mechanics with 225 hp, which takes precisely this 1.6 gasoline engine as a combustion propellant.

At the wheel: its chassis stands out

It's time to get behind the wheel and take action. We start with the benefits of this tested version which, as we mentioned at the beginning, consists of the GT Line finish and the engine 2.0 Blue HDi 180, a motorized diesel which is necessarily linked to the 8-speed automatic transmission, torque converter type.

This engine does not actually give 180 hp, but 177 CV according to its technical sheet. This power is delivered at a speed of 3.750 rpm. Its maximum torque is 400 Nm and appears from 2.000 laps. Among its benefits we find a 0 to 100 in 8,6 seconds and a top speed of 231 km/h. Meanwhile, it approves a combined WLTP consumption of 5,8 l/100 km.

Continuing with the engine, but already speaking of the impressions that it has transmitted to us, I admit that the 130 hp diesel that I tried some time ago in the Peugeot 508 sedan I liked better. Obviously this one from BlueHDi pushes more because it has more power and torque. The car runs a lot when we ask, but a little less than expected. I repeat, despite this, it has a more than enough response for this model. A lower version would also suffice.

But what has convinced me the least is that it turns out quite noisy. It is an engine that is noticeable in the passenger compartment, especially in relatively strong accelerations. It should be a bit more isolated. As I mentioned above, it is combined with an 8-speed converter-type automatic transmission. Is gearbox it works correctly. It's not particularly fast - it's not slow either - but it is. has been soft almost always, something that is very welcome in a car of this style.

Where the Peugeot 508 SW stands out the most is in the tuning. As usual in Peugeot, it has a slightly hard setting, but it is not dry. Despite being a family, the chassis behaves really well if we practice a sporty driving, with an agile and fast operation, where the support changes happen in a few moments and with a direct direction. In that sense, the truth is that it is satisfactory, so potential buyers who enjoy curved areas will feel very comfortable with it. The driving position, low and with the small steering wheel, helps this feeling (although it covers part of the frame).

It is true that it is a car with very good interior finishes in most of the upholstery and that this unit, with the red leather interior, gives a great feeling of quality. However, it is no less true that It wouldn't have hurt to be a bit better isolated. And not only because of what he mentioned before about the engine, but also because they "sneak in" some aerodynamic and rolling noises. Eye, I'm not saying it's bad in that sense, but there are better soundproof alternatives.

And finally, let's talk about consumptions. During this test of a week and more than 600 kilometres, the Peugeot 508 SW has registered a final consumption of 6,5 l/100 km. We have shot all kinds of routes and at different rhythms -sometimes calmer and others more joyful-; driving more on fast roads, which is the main stage for this type of car. It seems to me a correct consumption, but it is true that the 130 hp saloon spent us approximately one liter less.

Test Peugeot 508 GT Line diesel 130
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Conclusions

There is no doubt that the Peugeot 508 SW, despite being a family-style model, has a very well-known aesthetic. Have a sporty, youthful and technological character, three features that a decade ago would be impossible to combine with the D-segment in ranch version, don't you think?

To my way of seeing, It has details to improve, especially in the interior. Yes, many of the interior upholstery have convinced me, but not the solutions of the prominent center console with hardly any space to leave objects, the Peugeot i-Cockpit or the little practicality of the infotainment system, which is something that we have been citing for a few years now. of the French group.

Regarding comportamiento, the chassis is the best part of this car. At least, from our point of view. The 180 hp BlueHDi 177 engine pushes to spare, although it seems that the occasional horse has been left on the road. In any case, the worst thing about it is its noise, especially when cold and also during important acceleration phases. Consumption is not bad, but the 1.5 hp 130 diesel is less thirsty, although not as resolute. Perhaps the new 160 hp diesel is the ideal.

Finally, it's time to talk about Prices. Below we leave you a table with the prices of all versions of the Peugeot 508 SW according to the brand's configurator as of the date of this article. Our test unit, for having several extras, round the 47.000 euros. It is true that it is a very equipped car, but the truth is that this rate is frightening.

Peugeot 508 SW prices

Motor Change Finished Price
Motor Change Finished Price
1.5 Blue HDi 130 manual 6v Active 29.050 €
1.5 Blue HDi 130 automatic 8v Active 31.250 €
1.6 Pure Tech 180 automatic 8v Activate 32.100 €
1.5 Blue HDi 130 manual 6v Business Line 30.600 €
1.5 Blue HDi 130 automatic 8v Business Line 32.800 €
1.5 Blue HDi 130 manual 6v Allure 31.650 €
1.5 Blue HDi 130 automatic 8v Allure 33.850 €
1.6 Pure Tech 180 automatic 8v Allure 34.700 €
2.0 Blue HDi 160 automatic 8v Allure 35.500 €
Hybrid 225 automatic 8v Allure 40.150 €
1.5 Blue HDi 130 manual 6v GTLine 33.950 €
1.5 Blue HDi 130 automatic 8v GTLine 36.150 €
1.6 Pure Tech 180 automatic 8v GTLine 37.000 €
2.0 Blue HDi 180 automatic 8v GTLine 39.300 €
Hybrid 225 automatic 8v GTLine 42.450 €
2.0 Blue HDi 180 automatic 8v GT 43.300 €
1.6 Pure Tech 225 automatic 8v GT 43.500 €
Hybrid 225 automatic 8v GT 46.450 €

Editor's opinion

Peugeot 508 SW GT Line 2.0 BlueHDi 180
  • Editor's rating
  • 4 star rating
29.050 a 46.450
  • 80%

  • Peugeot 508 SW GT Line 2.0 BlueHDi 180
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  • Exterior design
    Publisher: 90%
  • interior design
    Publisher: 65%
  • front seats
    Publisher: 65%
  • rear seats
    Publisher: 60%
  • Trunk
    Publisher: 80%
  • Spring Suspension
    Publisher: 75%
  • Consumption
    Publisher: 70%
  • Comfort
    Publisher: 75%
  • Price
    Publisher: 55%

Pros

  • Exterior design
  • dynamic behavior
  • Interior materials

Cons

  • little roomy interior
  • High price
  • Infotainment system and Peugeot i-Cockpit

Gallery Peugeot 508 SW


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