Peugeot 508 SW

The Peugeot 508 SW

21 June 2018

PEUGEOT has unveiled arguably the most stylish executive estate car ever, in the stunning shape of the new 508 SW.

Based on the equally sleek saloon model, which is due here in a few months, the load-lugging version will arrive in January 2019.

The newcomers put its designers at the very top of their game, having created some of the most pleasing models for both Peugeot, Citroen and DS in recent years.

Their innovative and revolutionary designs are in stark contrast to the lack-lustre attempts of their German rivals, whose products are invariably little more than evolutionary updates of current cars.

Such is the quantum leap forward by Peugeot’s new executive saloon and estate models that it is almost a shame to carry on the 508 moniker, which has always been merely a minor plyer in the UK.

Badge-obsessed Brits traditionally ignore excellent alternatives such as this Peugeot and Vauxhall’s impressive Insignia in favour of more costly BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz models.

However, the tide could finally turn with the arrival of this stunner, which even gets frameless doors that are almost unheard of in an estate car.

The interior carries on the executive luxury theme, with wrap-around seats offering five massage programmes, a range of premium trim and upholstery materials and a panoramic opening glass roof.

Total load space is 1780 litres, of which 530 litres comes from the boot with luggage cover closed, and there is even a hands-free, powered tailgate.

The arrival of the estate model at the beginning of next year will follow the saloon version’s appearance here towards the end of this year.

First Edition versions will be limited to just 200 vehicles for the UK, which is one of Peugeot’s biggest global markets, before the general release of the new fastback in a full range of trim and equipment guises.

Those ordering on-line now will be rewarded with four years’ servicing and a set of FOCAL Wireless headphones.

The limited-edition version exclusively features chequered front grille trim in gloss black and 19-inch Augusta wheels, plus a multipoint massage driver’s seat with Alcantara and part Nappa Mistral full grain leather seat trim.

It is also equipped with a wide range of advanced technologies including fully automated parking assistance, a 360-dgree colour camera system and night vision.

Additionally, there is active suspension, a pedestrian-friendly active bonnet, adaptive cruise control, engine stop and go, active blind spot detection, automatic emergency braking, advanced driver attention alert, and active lane keeping assistance.

You also get keyless entry and start, automatic tailgate opening activated by a waggle of the foot beneath, and even automatic parking.

At the rear there are full LED so-called claw-effect tail lights whilst at the front is the high-gloss chessboard grille flanked by the sort of horizontal and vertical lighting arrangements that endow the vehicle with a uniquely distinctive appearance.

Inside the truly premium interior there is full grain leather, a ten-inch  touch-control screen angled towards the driver and a 12.3-inch head-up digital instrument panel. It also features i-Cockpit Amplify, which enables the driver to choose between two levels of ambience – Boost and Relax.

The mainstream range will be offered initially with a choice of half a dozen 1.6-litre and two-litre petrol and diesel engines with power outputs ranging from 130bhp to 225bhp, plus a further choice of manual or automatic transmissions.

In the second half of 2019, the range will be supplemented by a Plug-in Hybrid petrol engine with a zero-emissions  range of 50 km. The batteries will be stored under the seats to preserve the roomy boot.

The full range of prices are yet to be announced but the First Editions arrive here in October and cost £36,975 and £37,400 in petrol and diesel guises.