Combined with style and power

Driving report of the Peugeot 508 SW
Combined with style and power

He looks sporty, powerful. 20 inch rims, heavy duty bumpers with small flaps at the front, side skirts and rear. The look is complemented by black chrome elements and kryptonite green applications.

Without a doubt, the Peugeot 508 SW with the additional designation PSE is a station wagon with style and power. A plug-in hybrid with a total output of 360 hp and currently the most powerful street-legal Peugeot ever.

When you press the start button, it’s discreet at first. The 508 starts moving electrically and quietly. The electric motors on the front and rear axle each produce around 80 kW and deliver plenty of torque on the spot.

If you really want to, you can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds with full power (factory spec). The electric support only stops at a speed of 190, then it is only the conventional 1.6-litre petrol engine that with its 200 hp works up to the top speed (250 km/h). Purely electric, you can roam almost 40 kilometers with a fully charged 11.5 kWh battery, and the fuel consumption per According to the trip computer, 100 kilometers is 8.5 litres. If the power supply is refreshed from a household outlet, estimate about six and a half hours.

Despite the looks and its powerful propulsion, the plug-in is not a true athlete. The extra kilos due to the e-technology raise the vehicle’s weight to a noticeable 1.9 tonnes. The sports suit steers ultra-directly during fast turns, but without feedback to the person at the wheel.

The sometimes unexpected power supply in turns is just as difficult to get used to. Sometimes the e-boost kicks in immediately when accelerating, sometimes the internal combustion engine pushes. This results in a somewhat nervous driving behavior when full power is required. In everyday driving, however, there is no reason to complain.

In keeping with the sporty requirements, the SW has three-mode damping, wheel spacers and larger brake discs, as well as five selectable driving modes, with the “Comfort” level being a comfortable everyday choice.

With a length of 4.78 metres, the car offers very good space for all passengers both front and rear. Only when getting in and out do the rear seat passengers have to be careful not to hit their heads. Because not only is the upper edge of the doorway quite low, the round is also quite wide. Once this slight handicap is overcome, all occupants can look forward to plenty of legroom and headroom.

Even giant seats still have air between the apex and headliner. The comfortable but narrowly fitted seats give the driver and front passenger good lateral support. The fine shape is also due to the fact that the rear section tends to get very dirty when it rains, and the sloping rear window limits the headroom of the family labi. The cargo volume is between 530 and 1780 litres.

In the interior, the driver will find high-quality materials – the finest everywhere and decorated with various sporting applications. The different push buttons to select different functions take some getting used to at first, but quickly become practical. The many storage options are practical – large water bottles can be stored in the door compartments – as well as the two USB charging sockets at the front. Also practical: there is an inductive charging surface.

With its selection of driving and safety assistants as well as its infotainment equipment, the station wagon presents itself as more than modern, right down to a night vision device. The background noise is also one of the facilities that the Peugeot flagship has to offer. Despite the frameless windows, wind noise remains pleasantly subdued at all speeds

Undoubtedly, Peugeot oriented itself towards German competitors when it designed its sports suit (68,240 euro test car price). But their dominance in this country is hard to break. So the 508 will be more of a choice for those who appreciate an individual vehicle that cannot be found on every corner.

Despite the looks and its powerful propulsion, the plug-in is not a true athlete.


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