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Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid reliability & safety rating

There's no Driver Power score yet, but 508 SW's 3008 sister car received an excellent rating that should put your mind at ease

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating rating

4.0 out of 5

Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety assist
5 stars (2018)96%86%79%

With many 508 SW Hybrids likely to be used by families, it’s reassuring to know it’s among the safest large family cars on sale. Crash-testing by Euro NCAP saw high scores in all areas, while even in the car's most basic trim levels there’s a huge array of electronic assistance and safety technologies fitted as standard. The 508 may even have thrown off the pall of unreliability that Peugeots used to suffer – its 3008 stablemate finished second in the 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey.

Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid reliability & problems

The latest 508 hasn’t yet appeared in the Driver Power survey, but Peugeot in general has seen its position rise over recent years, and the mechanically similar 3008 (at least in non-hybrid form) should be a good indicator for the 508 – at last count, a reasonably low 11.8% of owners reported faults, while Peugeot itself finished in an impressive eighth place out of the 30 manufacturers listed – the highest of any French marque.

Safety

The 508 SW hasn’t been separately crash-tested in estate or hybrid form by Euro NCAP, but the Fastback received a full five-star rating with some very impressive individual scores, such as 96% for adult protection and 86% for child protection. With the SW Hybrid range starting at Allure Premium trim, there’s a strong roster of safety kit, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assistance, speed-limit detection, road-edge detection, a distance alert to warn you if you’re driving too close to another car, plus blind-spot monitoring, automatic high-beam headlights and road-sign recognition.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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