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Peugeot 508 SW – The French idea of a luxury station wagon

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Erik Stríž
Project manager, editor
Bratislava, Slovakia

The new Peugeot 508 SW is on the right track to become a typical D-segment car with a high standard of comfort, safety and technology. The SW version has high ambitions and demonstrates its impressive abilities at any given opportunity.

The sedan and the SW versions are Peugeot’s two current major leading projects aimed at gaining on the pricier and mostly German end of the market. The brand new 508 also stands as an example of the upcoming model portfolio design. The superb SW variant can pose a real threat for BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Where does Peugeot find so much courage?

Peugeot 508 SW is an impressive car at the first glance that proves its maturity especially by the sophisticated and elaborate design with attention to detail, created to speak to who rather didn’t appreciate the French design until now. The signature design of the front headlamps, an appealing coach with some graceful curves and a reasonable amount of chrome accessories complete the premium look of the vehicle.

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The new 508 (both sedan and SW) boosts with advanced technology that demonstrates the goal to enter the premium segment. Technologically proficient public is focused mainly on its efficient fuel use in alignment with the Euro 6 standards, blind spot detection system and reversing camera connected to a head up touchscreen display. Such details make the difference between a standard and a really good car.

The exterior has a new immediately noticeable shape even for an untrained eye yet it stays loyal to its recent rebranding and model redesign launched a couple of years ago. There are new front and rear headlamps, the front ones accentuated by full LED technology, new front grille featuring the famous Peugeot lion in the middle, a revamped, more horizontal bonnet and slightly redesigned bumpers.

To put it briefly, 508 experienced some major changes while it retained its original nature. You won’t mistake the brand for another car; Peugeot’s brand stays very intuitive as well. The interior of the brand new Peugeot 508 launched in September points clearly at the desired segment.

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The German brands gained a serious competitor because of the car’s highly impressive interior details and materials, as well as its onboard technology and driving experience. Applied was the i-Cockpit concept which is successfully being used in small cars in order to save space, equipped with a central console with a 7“ touchscreen display. Control panels and gearbox are right next to a spacious armrest that quite traditionally reveals a large storage space. We can see Peugeot doesn’t follow the mainstream and offers a choice between the six-speed manual gearbox on entry level and a six-speed automatic gearbox EAT6 in premium. The steering wheel is equipped with standard sleek pointers and a color display informing about the technical conditions, current driving conditions and offering basic navigation instructions.

Advanced features at a premium include keyless smart entry with push-button start, 4-zone automatic air conditioning, adjustable full LED lights, an electronic parking break and an on-board advanced communication and service system and facilitate the transition to a higher level of comfort and class. You will find both gas and diesel engines on the market. The Euro 6 gas engine 1.6 THP 165 S & S developing 165 horsepower and the 2.0-liter BlueHDi 150 BVM6 diesel engine deserve some special attention, as well as the more powerful variant BlueHDi 180 engine with EAT6 automatic gearbox.

Erik Stríž



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