If you want an estate car without airs, but you fancy sporty looks, then the Peugeot 508 SW GT Line is a good bet, says motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay.
Like it’s saloon sibling, the Peugeot 508 SW is roomy and comfortable, and it’s handsome, too – especially in GT Line trim. In this guise, there are athletic touches which make the car look like a top of the range GT model. But, instead of a more ravenous engine – you get a slower and efficient one.
As well as factory-fitted parking sensors, climate control, DAB radio and sat-nav, the car’s also furnished with keyless entry, half leather heated seats, a reversing camera, a panoramic glass roof, LED headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels. What’s more, the rear bumper has two openings to give the appearance of the dual exhaust.
But the Peugeot 508 SW GT Line’s biggest forte is its 660 litres of load space. Even better, this can be boosted to 1,865 litres when the rear seats are folded. That’s double the room of an average family hatchback’s boot – and positively van-like with the seats down.
Behind the wheel, the 508 SW GT Line has a firmish ride, but this is cool because the harder suspension helps to eliminate body roll in corners. This makes the driving experience on snaking sections of road good fun, and you can forget you’re in a big estate car. The slight price to pay is that the Peugeot notices poor road surfaces – but it’s not bone-shakingly discernible.
The sportiness in the corners isn’t replicated on the straights, but that’s no surprise. After all, this is not a real GT – it is pretending to be. So, instead of a gas guzzling lump under the bonnet, the Peugeot 508 SW GT Line has a 120PS turbo diesel engine fitted. This power unit is economical alright, returning 67.3mpg on average, but the 0-62mph time is only 11.2 seconds. So, you won’t be doing any burn-offs at traffic lights, but why would you want to? This is not a boy-racer car – it’s a practical estate car – and a comfy and good-looking one at that. It’s also got CO2 emissions of just 108g/km, so tax bills are not costly.
Okay, it might be a bit slow off the mark, but once you get going the 508 redeems itself with its mid-range pulling power. This makes joining motorway stress-free – and overtaking is not an issue. Just don’t expect your skull to fling back on to your head restraint, because there is no ‘warp factor’ thrust when you do go for a pass on a B-road.
It’s fair to say, then, that the Peugeot 508 SW GT Line BlueHDi 120 is not going to set your world on fire, but it’ll light your pipe in all the sensible areas of car ownership. It’s a top family car – and one you’ll be glad of when you’re packing up for a long weekend away or a summer holiday road trip. It’s also stuffed with kit – and it’s an attractive estate in GT-Line trim. More importantly, it’s a low-cost car to run, although at £29,785 on the road, it’s not exactly a budget buy. That said, if you want a durable main car, then this Peugeot feels built to last. It also looks the business for, well, business – if you’re the type who doesn’t want to drive something with an ostentatious image. Why not contact Perrys Peugeot dealerships to find out more?
Pros ‘n’ Cons
- Handsome √
- Efficient √
- Roomy √
- Build Quality √
- Measured Pace X
Fast Facts (508 SW GT Line BlueHDi 120 – as tested)
- Max speed: 124 mph
- 0-62 mph: 11.2 secs
- Combined mpg: 67.3
- Engine layout: 1560cc 4-cylinder turbo diesel
- Max. power (PS): 120
- CO2: 108 g/km
- Price: £29,785