Peugeot 508 HYbrid SW review (2020)

12 Aug 2021, 11:41  •  Review  •  Door koen

Nice, with the Peugeot 508 HYbrid SW (station wagon) you can drive 1 in 20. On petrol of course, so why still diesel?

The diesel is steadily falling out of favor. For years it was the most interesting option for business drivers due to its low fuel consumption. The high pulling power of a diesel engine also ensured a brisk and pleasant driving behaviour.

Times are changing: the hybrid is advancing!

You understand that change when you drive the Peugeot 508 HYbrid. This is a so-called plug-in hybrid (plug-in hybrid). So a car with a sturdy battery and ditto electric motor. Once fully charged at the socket or charging station (can be done in 3.5 hours and in 1.75 hours with optional 7.4 kW on-board charger), you can cover up to 52 km completely electrically. That obviously saves fuel. When the battery is empty, the 1.6-litre petrol engine kicks into action.

Consumption Peugeot 508 SW HYbrid

You understand that this saves a sip on a drink for consumption. Peugeot estimates a saving of up to 40%. The practice is just as promising. With commuting, charging at the office and not too far business trips, a consumption of 1 liter per 20 km can easily be achieved or even more favorable if you drive as much as electric, as we discover while testing. Those are diesel values. The 508 HYbrid also equals a diesel in pulling power, because the electric motor and combustion engine work together when you step on the gas a little deeper to accelerate a bit faster. 165 kW (225 hp) together, the engines deliver a lot of pulling power straight from a standstill.

Hybrid driving and especially with a plug-in hybrid requires a different mindset. If you want to get the maximum benefit, charging is a must wherever possible. But that’s not always possible. As a business driver you may be on the road for a large part of the day. The Peugeot 508 HYbrid has some tricks up its sleeve, such as more modern plug hybrids.

Peugeot 508 e-save

With the Peugeot 508 HYbrid you can choose the eSave mode in the Hybrid and Comfort driving modes. Then the battery (11.8 kW) is charged by the petrol engine while driving. You can choose in advance from values of 10 km, 20 km or maximum electric driving range. You can reach 10 km in less than an hour’s drive. If you get into a traffic jam, or if you drive into a city, you can continue fully electric.

Utilizing the electric motor BMW

It is precisely when you stop and drive off that you save on consumption, because an internal combustion engine is much less efficient than an electric motor when braking and accelerating. After all, it uses no energy when you are stationary and when you brake, the electric motor supplies power back to the battery as a generator: this is called regeneration. In any case, without loading with eSave, a practical average of 1 to 15 can be achieved, which is neat for a car of this size and weight. Peugeot reports that up to 1.3 l/100 km is possible according to the WLTP test method. This includes a large share of electric driving, which is only possible if you drive more shorter distances electrically and can charge often.

Switching to electric or regeneration

Regeneration also happens when you let go of the gas on the highway, the petrol engine stops and the car continues to roll, whereby the electric motor starts to charge. You can see that displayed in the cockpit because the consumption meter moves to -charge-. The speed display also changes from white to blue as soon as the 508 switches to electric drive or regeneration.

Charging in hilly area

Charging is totally awesome in hilly area. By putting the automatic transmission, an eight-speed gearbox, is standard with the 508 HYbrid, in the driving position -B-. Then the electric motor slows down. A descent only yields six to eight kilometers of electric driving range, as it turns out. It also saves wear and tear on brakes or, more annoyingly, overheated brakes. Here, the Peugeot 508 HYbrid clearly scores points compared to a car with only a combustion engine.

Another side of the Peugeot 508 Hybrid

Business driving is not just economical driving. The eye and all other senses want something too, right? So enough counting, time for the other face of the Peugeot 508 HYbrid. To get straight to the point: comfort is top notch. In the Hybrid and Comfort driving modes, it looks like a floating carpet. On the highway, even he takes bumps with a smooth swell, as you know from French limousines of yesteryear.

Optima forma?

The tested version Bleu Lease GT-Line in a pearly white color (Blanc Nacré) offers a pleasant interior. The checkered seats upholstered in crimson-red leather are inviting and sit at their best. They are electrically adjustable in all directions. The seat can be extended manually for extra support to the thighs. And the seats offer a massage function in which eight pneumatic cushions play a role. Crawling Cat mode sounds and feels the most exciting. As if a cat is working on your back with its paws on the back of the chair, but without nails. In short, you can last a long time on these chairs and you stay fit, even after hours of steering.

Peugeot 508 full LED lighting

The Peugeot 508 has been on the market in this capacity for more than a year. The front impresses with the sharp look of the headlamps with full LED lighting and because the edge of the hood has been extended over the lamp units. The daytime running lights on the left and right are characteristic of the new Peugeot models.

Peugeot Station wagon version

The station wagon version of the 508 is elongated with a sloping roofline. With the rear seats folded down, you have a great long cargo space. The height is somewhat limited by the sloping roofline. You may also sit with the crown against the roof in the back if you are above average tall.

Peugeot i-Cockpit

Typical Peugeot of this time is the i-Cockpit. You see a fully digital instrumentation above the steering wheel. That is not only at the bottom, but also at the top somewhat flattened to hinder the view as little as possible. You can set the instruments yourself via various pre-programmed graphic projections or choose a personal setup. It’s different, it takes some getting used to and then just plain fun.

Peugeot 508 hybrid phone pairing

It also takes getting used to operating the many functions in the central display. Still, the thinking behind it makes sense. With seven piano-like keys under that display, you choose the main functions, such as navigation, climate control or audio. Then you can select settings, enter data or call up information by touching the screen. The pairing of the phone is also excellent.

Conclusion

Would we want the Peugeot 508 HYbrid? Yes, and especially because of a number of his own character traits, which distinguish him from other businesslike peers. The comfort is unprecedentedly high, especially for this time when chassis only seem to have harder suspension. The car is nevertheless stable. Still a sportier feeling chassis? Then choose the Sport driving mode. Electric driving is great, quiet and powerful. In the Electric driving mode, the combustion engine only assists above 135 km/h. The appearance is stubborn and striking. And due to the low CO2 emissions of an average of 30 g/km (WLTP), the fiscal BPM levy is low, making the purchase price of this version quite tempting compared to a diesel. In fact, Peugeot no longer even supplies a diesel version of the 508. What does it cost? At the moment, the HYbrid is available as a station wagon from 48,650 euros. The Sedan is available from 46,960 euros. But we realize that most will opt for a lease construction and then the monthly rate is quite favorable due to the low consumption. For more information, visit www.peugeot.nl.

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