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OUR FLEET TEST DRIVE: Peugeot 508 SW - 1st Report

Date: 29 November 2011   |   Author: Tristan Young

[1] Satnav

When BusinessCar first drove the 508 in early 2011 we were so impressed we asked for a long-term test version.

Of the two best-selling versions, we went for the 2.0-litre HDI (the other is the 1.6 HDI). We also asked for the SR trim level Peugeot has put together for fleet drivers because it has the near-essential satnav [1], Bluetooth and cruise control as standard for a very attractive price of £22,220 for the estate [2] (which we went for) or £1000 less if you want the saloon.

The competitive price coupled to a low CO2 figure of 125g/km means a 20% PAYE taxed driver will only be shelling out £66 a month to HMRC.

As well as receiving a well-equipped car, drivers will also be getting one that is well built. One of the things we've noticed already is the way the doors shut - it's a classic gauge of quality. All five doors feel substantial, and also close perfectly every time no matter how much or how little effort you put into them.

Like we said at the time, the only thing likely to slow 508 sales is the lack of a German badge on the front.

With the car arriving brand new, we've only had a couple of fills of diesel for two reasons. The first is the 72-litre fuel tank. This is at the upper end of fuel tank capacities and should be a standard requirement for all cars because the less you have to stop to re-fuel the better. However, a large fuel tank wouldn't be any use without good economy, and fortunately the Peugeot's official consumption figure is 58.9mpg. Our earliest average may be 'just' 48.4mpg, but that still equates to a range of 766 miles.

On the current tank of fuel, which has almost exclusively been used on the motorway network, I'm heading for a theoretical range of nearly 1000 miles thanks to an average of more than 60mpg [3].

You also have to remember that this isn't even the most economical, or eco-special, 508 you can buy because it still has a gutsy 140hp 2.0-litre diesel up front.

However, the feature best-liked so far is the comfort. Without losing any body control, Peugeot has developed a large family car that rides better than any of its German rivals and that makes covering those long motorway journeys a relaxing affair. If there is one criticism, it's that the super-comfy seats are set a touch high - even on their lowest setting - although it is something you quickly get used to.

Long may this happy motoring continue.

Peugeot 508 SW 2.0 HDI SR
Claimed combined
Our average consumption48.4mpg
P11D price£22,220
Model price range£19,475-£30,275
CO2 (tax) 125g/km (18%)
BIK 20/40% per month£66/£133
Service interval20,000mls
Insurancegroup 25
Boot space (min/max)512/1598 litres
Engine size/power1997cc/140hp
Top speed/0-62mph130mph/10.1secs
Why we’re running itTo find out if this key
fleet model can offer a
high-value, lower cost,
alternative to the
prestige players
PositivePossibly the
most comfortable car
in it’s class, good kit
NegativeHeight of driver’s seat