Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid reliability & safety
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
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety 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.
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 trim (over and above the Active available elsewhere) there’s a strong roster of safety kit, too, 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. GT Line adds LED headlights and GT throws adaptive cruise control with lane-positioning assistance into the mix.
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 costsThe 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
- 4Engines, drive & performanceIts weight hampers outright performance, but the 508 SW Hybrid drives well and has composed handling
- 5Interior & comfortThe 508 SW Hybrid's unusual dashboard layout might deter some, but it feels high-tech, sporty and comfortable
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe 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 - currently readingThere's no Driver Power score yet, but 508 SW's 3008 sister car received an excellent rating that should put your mind at ease