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Review – Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid 225 (2024)

May 17, 2024

1. The Peugeot 508 is spacious

With the current popularity of SUV models, you would almost forget that a station wagon is also an excellent choice as a spacious family car. In the back of the Peugeot 508 SW fits 530 liters of luggage, or even 1,780 liters with the rear seats folded down. Also nice: if you choose the plug-in hybrid, the battery does not come at the expense of luggage space. All liters remain available. Only point of improvement: there is not really room for the charging cable. It should be loose or under the cargo floor. The latter is again inconvenient if you have luggage.

There is also plenty of room in the back seat. With a height of 1.80 m (and the front seat in a good position for us), we sit in the back just fine “behind ourselves. Headroom in the rear is also adequate, which is something we see differently even in SUV(-like) models. Something to keep in mind though: on the sides, the roof does extend quite far down, so pay attention to your head when getting in and out.

Interior view of the 2024 Peugeot 508 SW showing the rear seats upholstered in red leather with detailed stitching. The car door is open and the seats look clean and well maintained, highlighting the refined design of this Hybrid 225 model.

The image shows the empty trunk of a Peugeot 508 Hybrid 225 with the rear door open. A car tool kit is attached to the left side of the carpeted trunk.

The interior of the trunk of the Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid, as highlighted in the 2024 review, features a black bag on the left side. The trunk has carpeting and some storage compartments on the sides.

2. The Peugeot 508 offers plenty of choice

The Peugeot 508 offers a lot of choice in trim levels. The standard engine is a 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine with 96 kW (130 hp), and there is also a choice of no fewer than three plug-in hybrid versions: one with 132 kW (180 hp), one with 165 kW (225 hp) and one with 265 kW (360 hp). The latter is reserved for the Peugeot Sport Engineered version, better known as the PSE, a serious sports version.

There are also three trim levels to choose from: the Allure, the GT and the aforementioned PSE. Standard GT trim already offers rich equipment, including matrix LED headlights, a high-positioned digital instrument cluster (which eliminates the need for a head-up display) and several advanced assistance and safety systems. The GT extends that especially with leather upholstery and a slightly more luxurious trim of the ex- and interior. In addition to sporty equipment such as an active suspension, the PSE offers extras in the form of a Hi-Fi Premium Focal audio system and even a night-vision camera. Of course, some of the aforementioned equipment is also available as an option for the lower trim levels.

The night vision function works well. It clearly distinguishes pedestrians and cyclists from other roadside objects and warns of them when necessary. This is sometimes a bit premature: we also sometimes received a warning for a cyclist who was just riding safely on the other side of the road. Another point for improvement is that the lane assist intervenes a bit very quickly with a steering correction.

A gray 2024 Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid 225 is parked on a paved surface near a row of leafless trees at an outdoor location. The license plate reads

3. The Peugeot 508 drives fine

In general, Peugeot’s models offer fine handling, and the Peugeot 508 is no exception. The seating comfort is good and the car’s suspension is very comfortable. Short bumps in the road surface are noticeable, but not to a disturbing degree. We drove the HYbrid 225 trim, the most powerful plug-in hybrid after the sporty PSE trim. The full 165 kW (225 hp) of power is only available with enough energy in the battery, but even with the battery empty, it still feels fast and powerful. The gasoline engine then delivers 133 kW (180 hp). Besides having the extra power available, the 508 does drive a little smoother with a full battery. In fact, the electric drive manages to mask shifting moments nicely. The battery is never completely flat, so that you can always drive away from a standstill with electrical assistance.

A silver Peugeot 508 SW with license plate T-334-SR is parked on a cloudy day in a paved lot surrounded by leafless trees and manicured hedges.

4. The Peugeot 508 is economical

Depending on body and engine variant, the gasoline models of the Peugeot 508 have an official average consumption of 5.8 to 6.0 l/100 km (roughly 1 on 17). Consumption for the plug-in hybrid models is 1.1 to 1.2 l/100 km (over 1 in 80), or 1.8 l/100 km (1 in 55) for the sporty PSE version. Depending on the version, the all-electric range of the plug-ins is about 60 km. Of course, these WLTP values fall or stand on how you use the car. For example, do you have an (un)economical driving style or do you charge the plug-in hybrid’s battery neatly?

We unfortunately did not always have the opportunity to neatly charge our HYbrid 225. We also made quite a few (highway) trips that were well beyond the electric range. Even so, with a leisurely driving style, we were still able to drive almost 40 kilometers electrically on the highway. We ended up with an average practical consumption of 6.1 l/100 km (over 1 in 16). So that is comparable to the theoretical values of non-hybrids. Still, within the circumstances (lots of highway driving, little charging) we don’t think it’s a bad score.

A gray Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid is parked on a paved lot next to some trees. The car has a visible yellow and blue European-style license plate that reads

5. The Peugeot 508 looks good

This last point is of course completely subjective, but as far as we are concerned, the design is also a reason to consider the Peugeot 508. The facelift did not change that. It is perhaps the most beautiful Peugeot you can buy right now. Moreover, it sets you apart in a mass of SUV-like models these days.

A gray Peugeot 508 SW hybrid station wagon is parked on a paved lot with bare trees in the background. The car has a yellow license plate with the number

Close-up of the front left headlight and grille of a sleek, modern 2024 gray Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid. The headlight features distinctive vertical LED strips.

Close-up of the grille of a 2024 Peugeot 508, featuring the distinctive Peugeot logo with a lion's head.

A gray Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid station wagon is parked in a paved lot near bare trees and grassy areas. The license plate reads

Close-up of the left rear of a gray Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid with distinctive red-lit taillights. Part of a European license plate is visible on the right. Trees are in the background.

Close-up of the rear of a gray 2024 Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid 225, showing the taillights and a prominent 'HYBRID' badge.

A gray 2024 Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid 225 is parked on the side of a road with leafless trees and a grassy field in the background. The car has a Dutch license plate that reads

Close-up of the front wheel and tire of a 2024 gray Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid 225, with the word

Close-up of a silver Peugeot 508 SW with a 'HYBRID 225' badge on the side, with blue and black lettering. Trees with bare branches are visible in the background.

Interior of the 2024 Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid with steering wheel, digital dashboard, touch screen and red leather seats. The image includes the front seats and center console with various controls.

A car dashboard in the 2024 Peugeot 508 SW with a GPS navigation screen and below it several control buttons, including those for the innovative Hybrid 225 system.

A car dashboard with a touchscreen displaying a map and various buttons for different controls, including air conditioning, seat heating and driving modes, is impressively showcased in the new Peugeot 2024 models.

Inside view of the 2024 Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid, showing the sleek steering wheel with logo, advanced digital dashboard, touchscreen infotainment system and luxurious red leather seats.

Close-up of the center console of a Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid with several controls, including a gearshift, an electronic parking brake button and several other buttons. The sleek, modern design is highlighted in this review from 2024.

Close-up of the center console of the 2024 Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid with an engine start/stop button, drive mode selector and shift buttons labeled P, R, N, D and B.

Inside view of the 2024 Peugeot 508 showing the steering wheel, digital dashboard and touchscreen display on the center console. Vehicle controls have been enhanced with buttons and knobs for ease of use.

Close-up of a 2024 Peugeot 508 SW car dashboard with a smooth, dark wood-like finish with linear grain patterns.

A close-up of the dashboard of the 2024 Peugeot 508 SW featuring a sleek, matte black texture with subtle grain patterns accented by dark, stitched leather and a chrome strip. The Hybrid 225 model showcases innovative design and eco-friendly technology.

A Peugeot 508 SW interior featuring two front seats with red leather upholstery and diamond stitching, a black steering wheel and an open driver's door. This 2024 Hybrid 225 model combines luxury with state-of-the-art technology.

Close-up of the back of the Peugeot 508 SW's car seat, upholstered in reddish-brown leather with intricate stitching patterns and perforated side panels. The 2024 Hybrid 225 demonstrates impeccable attention to detail.

Close-up of the headrest of a red leather car seat featuring the embossed Peugeot logo with a lion in a shield, part of the sleek design of the new Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid.

Close-up of a round car speaker with a metal grille installed in the dashboard of the 2024 Peugeot 508 Hybrid 225, with raindrops visible on the windshield in the background.

Close-up of a 2024 Peugeot 508 SW interior showing a loudspeaker with a perforated metal grille labeled

Close-up of the sill plate of a Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid 225 car with the brand name

An open car cover showing the engine and various components of the Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid's engine compartment, offering a detailed view of a comprehensive 2024 review.

A car engine is visible with the hood open, revealing various components in the engine compartment of a 2024 Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid 225 parked on a paved surface.