Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort
The 508 SW Hybrid's unusual dashboard layout might deter some, but it feels high-tech, sporty and comfortable
If you’ve not been in a Peugeot recently, you might be in for a bit of a shock – the 508’s cabin is a long way from more conventional rivals. That said, the 'i-Cockpit' layout, with its small, low-set wheel and instruments perched higher up on the dash does work well, provided you can find a driving position that gives you a full view of the dials.
Peugeot’s quality has taken a real step up, too, and while it’s not quite there with some German offerings, it feels like a genuinely premium product, with nice materials, a quiet and refined cabin and plenty of technology. The sci-fi looks don’t detract from usability, either.
Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid dashboard
The 508 SW Hybrid’s dashboard is dominated by two things: An unusually small, two-spoke steering wheel (with a squared-off top and bottom), and a view of the dials above it. Some drivers might find their ideal driving position slightly obscures the dials with the top of the wheel, but the layout does feel sporty and is fundamentally unchanged from non-hybrid 508s – you just get slightly different information on the digital display ahead. The metallic physical switches on the centre console feel good to use, too.
Equipment, options & accessories
As the SW Hybrid can be specified in several different trim levels, there’s a wide range of kit available. Even entry-level Allure cars are well specced, with automatic emergency braking, road-sign recognition, blind-spot monitoring, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, part-electric cloth/leather-effect seats and ambient lighting, while the GT Line and GT trims only offer more from there.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
There’s a 10-inch display perched centrally in the dashboard through which the car’s infotainment is controlled. It’s not the most responsive system on the market, but mercifully Peugeot has provided a bank of physical buttons below it (quite nicely picked out with a metal finish) that skip between major functions like audio, navigation and driving data, including the hybrid system’s behaviour. Some functions use the instrument display ahead of the driver.
In This Review
- 1VerdictPractical, good looking and frugal (provided you plug it in), the 508 SW Hybrid is a compelling alternative to similarly specified SUVs
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsFuel economy depends on how frequently you plug it in, but CO2 emissions are low and driving modes make things easy
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe 508 Hybrid's road tax and company-car BiK rates will be very attractive to some customers, while Peugeot’s warranty is better than many
- 4Performance, engine & driveIts weight hampers outright performance, but the 508 SW Hybrid drives well and has composed handling
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingThe 508 SW Hybrid's unusual dashboard layout might deter some, but it feels high-tech, sporty and comfortable
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe 508 SW Hybrid's boot isn't the largest in the class, but still beats some premium rivals, while back-seat space is better than in the hatchback
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThere's no Driver Power score yet, but 508 SW's 3008 sister car received an excellent rating that should put your mind at ease