2022 Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon review

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  • Doors and Seats

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    5 doors, 5 seats

  • Engine

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    1.6T, 4 cyl.

  • Engine Power

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    165kW, 300Nm

  • Fuel

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    Petrol (95) 6.3L/100KM

  • Manufacturer

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    FWD

  • Transmission

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    8 Spd Auto

  • Warranty

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    5 Yr, Unltd KMs

  • Ancap Safety

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    5/5 star (2018)

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Susannah Guthrie

The 2022 Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon is a practical car for impractical people. How thoroughly French.





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What we love
  • Steering feel is fabulous – light yet agile
  • Ride comfort is surprisingly comfortable for a car so low to the ground
  • Interior and exterior looks hold their own against prestige competitors

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What we don’t
  • Front and rear visibility are compromised
  • Cabin ergonomics could be improved
  • Idle-stop system is laggy and problematic

Want to stand out from the burgeoning SUV crowd? Buy a wagon. 

But if you want to stand out from the dwindling wagon crowd? Buy the 2022 Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon.

Cars from the French brand aren’t exactly commonplace amongst the Toyotas and Kias populating Australian roads, but on the rare occasion they do appear, they tend to make an impact. 



With its vaguely feline stance and almost five-metre-long footprint, the sole wagon offering in Peugeot’s line-up is no exception. 

It may have the word ‘wagon’ in its title, but a punchy 1.6-litre petrol engine that lets out a throaty purr when accelerating, plus a slick interior equipped with modern luxuries, work to remove any whiff of soccer mum status.

As advertised, this is one sporty wagon. Here’s what you need to know about it…



How much does the 2022 Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon cost in Australia?

Peugeot’s 508 passenger car range comes in two body types: a Fastback sedan or the Sportswagon. 

Fastback shoppers can choose between a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder turbo petrol engine, or a plug-in hybrid powertrain that pairs this engine with a battery and electric motor.

Meanwhile, Sportswagon shoppers have a single powertrain option: the 1.6-litre, four-cylinder turbo petrol engine that drives the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.



This sole variant is priced from $65,657 before on-road costs, but our car was equipped with an optional sunroof for an added $2500, and flashy red premium paint for $1050. With my location set to Melbourne, those additions bring the final price to $70,467 drive-away.

Paint colours and a sunroof are the only options available on the Sportswagon (aside from the usual accessories list), and the standard equipment list is more or less the same as the Fastback 508. 

Of course, the main reason you’d opt for the Sportswagon is the increased cargo space in the boot – it offers 43L more than the Fastback with all seats in place, or 243L more with all seats folded. 

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The Fastback is marginally more affordable than the Sportswagon, at $63,431 before on-road costs, while the plug-in hybrid Fastback is the most expensive 508 in the range kicking off from $81,610 before on-road costs. 

As for competitors, the 508 GT Sportswagon inhabits the space between two segments: the mass-market manufacturers, and the more upscale European brands.

A top-of-the-range Mazda 6 or Skoda Octavia both start at just over $50,000 before on-road costs, while the Passat’s price is more in line with the Peugeot’s kicking off from $67,690 for a flagship R-Line variant – but unlike the Peugeot, it offers all-wheel-drive capabilities. 

That makes the Peugeot look a little overpriced, but keep in mind those looking at the 508 GT Sportswagon are likely cross-shopping it with cars from prestige brands.

For example, a BMW 3 Series wagon starts at $83,900, and an Audi A4 Avant starts at $76,000 (both before on-road costs).



With that in mind, the 508 GT Sportswagon starts to look more affordable, occupying a nice middle ground for a buyer with premium leanings and providing amenities like heated front seats with massage function, self-park, a premium 10-speaker sound system, nappa leather trim and a power tailgate as standard, but without cracking the $80,000 mark drive-away. 

Key details2022 Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon
Price$65,657 plus on-road costs
Colour of test carElixir Red
OptionsPremium paint – $1050

Opening glass sunroof – $2500

Price as tested$69,207 plus on-road costs
Drive-away price$70,467 (Melbourne)
RivalsMazda 6 | Volkswagen Passat | Skoda Octavia

How much space does the 2022 Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon have inside?

I had not driven a car from a French brand in quite some time – my last spin à la Francaise was at least six years ago in a Citroen C4 Cactus, a vehicle with so much character it was impossible not to love (and laugh).

I was keen to see whether the stereotype about French cars still holds true: plenty of form, not so much function.

Having spent some time in the cabin of the 508 GT Sportswagon, I can comfortably say it didn’t do a whole lot to smash this stereotype.

On the plus side, getting into the car is made easy with straightforward keyless entry – so easy even my one-year-old son was able to trigger it by putting his tiny hand on the handle. 

It also looks fantastic at first glance, with sunken, sporty seats and a sleek, tiered dashboard, all muscular lines, shiny chrome buttons and glistening screens.



The heated front seats are firm but comfortable and offer maximum electric adjustment, as well as a massage function that allows you to choose from techniques like “cat’s paw” and certainly adds a level of luxury to the driver’s experience. 

Unfortunately, I quickly noticed some niggling complaints. 

For starters, although the wide centre console allows for increased storage (including a wireless phone charger, two cupholders and a narrow but deep bin with closing lid), it encroaches on the driver’s knee room and makes the overall space feel more cramped, especially for larger drivers. 

Headroom in the front seat is moderate, and a well-sized sunroof means the space is light-filled, giving the illusion of extra room.

The back seat has adequate legroom for adults, but it certainly doesn’t feel as spacious as other wagons I’ve driven recently, so maybe lower your expectations if you’re cross-shopping larger options like the Skoda Superb.

Toe room, however, isn’t great, and I had to wedge my shoes under the seat in front to give myself enough knee room. 



I had a hand’s-width of headroom, but it felt like less because the roof headliner dips right at the back-seat passenger’s eyeline, which makes the area feel smaller. 

Narrow door bins will be able to accommodate maybe a phone and a wallet, plus there are two central air vents and two old-school USB ports. 

Installing my son’s Britax Brava child seat was an exercise in strength and perseverance. The ISOFIX tether points on the two outside seats are hidden away in little zippered compartments, and the lower roof line and smaller door opening add a degree of difficulty to the entire process.

Once a child seat is in place, you’d be hard-pressed to fit more than one other person in the back seat. Additionally, loading and unloading my (very heavy) toddler did a number on my back due to the low load height and sloped roof.

I can comfortably say that parents of young kids will find this a major nuisance on a daily basis – but then again, this car feels like it’s not really aimed at them. 

The 508 GT Sportswagon’s boot provides 530L of cargo room courtesy of a space that feels as wide as it is long, but is somewhat compromised by its shorter height. 



As a result, taller objects might have to be loaded on their side. The rear seats fold 60:40, which means that fitting two child seats in the back will completely remove your ability to access the boot from the second row. 

The seats also don’t fold completely flat, so anything you load in there will be on a slant. 

With the seats folded, the cargo capacity rises to a whopping 1780L, which is bigger than a lot of large SUVs, even with their back row folded flat. 

In case of emergency, a steel space-saver spare wheel is stored underneath the boot floor. 

2022 Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon
SeatsFive
Boot volume530L seats up

1780L seats folded

Length4790mm
Width1860mm
Height1420mm
Wheelbase2800mm

Does the 2022 Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon have Apple CarPlay?

Peugeot’s infotainment system is comprehensive, with solid graphics and well-sized, high-resolution screens – but the ergonomics are lacking, making it particularly fiddly to use while on the go.

Although a wireless phone charger is standard – located in a gap in the centre console directly below the gearshifter – Apple CarPlay and Android Auto both require a cable to connect, which essentially negates the value of the wireless charger. 



The USB ports are the old-school USB-A kind – a win for people like me, who are yet to update their cables to USB-C, but frustrating for the more tech-savvy shopping. 

Additionally, key controls for infotainment and climate are spread over a three-tiered system that I found particularly nonsensical. 

Music, phone and climate controls are all managed by the 10.0-inch touchscreen, but menu shortcuts are also available via piano-key-style physical buttons just below the touchscreen, and then additional climate controls sit below that, in the form of touch buttons. 

It can mean you’re desperately punching buttons and screens while keeping your eyes on the road in order to get the function you’re after. 

One saving grace is the handy ‘climate control off’ touch button, which is great for bypassing the fussy touchscreen when the fan is too noisy or the temperature gets too hot or cold. 

The 12.3-inch driver display can be configured to your tastes, but a large digital speedometer is a helpful inclusion, and I loved the “minimalist” setting, which only gives you the bare essentials – a refreshing departure from the cluttered dashboard. 



Hilariously, in a move that’s either intentional or accidental (I don’t know which is funnier), any driver profiles outside of ‘driver 1’ automatically revert the car’s entire operating system to French. 

So if you have more than one person regularly driving the car, it might be time for them to download Duolingo – at least until they can set their profile preference back to English. 

Is the 2022 Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon a safe car?

The Peugeot 508 range received a five-star score from ANCAP when it was tested in 2018. 

It scored highest for adult occupant protection, where it received 96 per cent, followed by child occupant protection, where it was rated at 87 per cent. In the vulnerable road user protection and safety assist categories, it was rated at 71 per cent and 76 per cent respectively. 

Regardless of the body type you choose, every car in the Peugeot 508 range receives the same level of active safety and driver assistance technology as standard.

The 508’s lane-keep assistance offers road edge detection to keep you from drifting out of your lane, and provides steering intervention when needed. However, it occasionally misreads road edges in merging lanes and can tug you in the wrong direction, but is able to be overridden when required. 



Other inclusions are blind-spot detection, adaptive cruise control that can slow to a stop and then start again, a forward collision warning, and an auto high-beam function. 

The car also provides live speed limit updates, but unfortunately they can be delayed or inaccurate, so don’t rely on them. 

One thing that’s missing is a rear cross-traffic alert, which is becoming an increasingly common feature on cars of this price point and would have been handy given the Sportswagon’s rear visibility is limited. 

The 508 GT Sportswagon also offers fully automated self-park capabilities, but activating it is a complicated and needlessly lengthy process, requiring you to hold the self-park button down, keep your foot on the brake, then respond to multiple prompts on the touchscreen before it can engage.

Frankly, reverse parking is far easier. And get this – when I tested the self-park system, it hit the kerb. Not a glowing endorsement. 

Otherwise, the 508’s rear-view camera with front vision and 360-degree capabilities is handy and allows you to access a close-up view of different angles, which is particularly useful when you need to gauge your distance from the car behind while parking.



2022 Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon
ANCAP ratingFive stars (tested 2018)
Safety reportLink to ANCAP report

How much does the 2022 Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon cost to run?

Peugeot offers its new-car buyers a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, which could more or less be regarded as the new automotive industry standard. 

Servicing costs can be calculated in advance via Peugeot’s Price Promise Program, which estimates three years of servicing for the 508 GT Sportswagon will cost $1986 in total, while five years will cost $3394. That works out to roughly $678 per visit over five years and service intervals are every 12 months or 20,000km, so it’s not exactly an affordable undertaking. 

However, while the average annual service cost for a top-of-the-range Mazda 6 is only $315 per visit over five years, Volkswagen charges an average of $900 per visit for its Passat wagon over the same period – so the Peugeot sits at a comfortable midpoint. 

The annual insurance premium to insure the Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon is $1566.82, based on a comparative quote for a 35-year-old male driver living in Chatswood, NSW. Insurance estimates may vary based on your location, driving history, and personal circumstances. 

As an additional cost, Peugeot also stipulates a minimum of 95-octane unleaded for the 508 GT Sportswagon, which will mean spending a little extra at the bowser. 

At a glance2022 Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon
WarrantyFive years, unlimited km
Service intervals12 months or 20,000km
Servicing costs$1986 (3 years)

$3394 (5 years)

Is the 2022 Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon fuel-efficient?

Peugeot claims fuel consumption of 5.5L/100km for a mix of freeway and urban driving, or 6.8L/100km for purely urban driving.



I wasn’t able to come close to either claim in my week of mostly urban driving, returning a fuel consumption reading of 9.1L/100km, which fell to a final figure of 8.9L/100km with some longer freeway stints in the mix. 

In my experience, that’s usually a figure reserved for cars much larger than the Peugeot, but it’s perhaps unsurprising given the potent engine and the punchy driving style the car seems to cultivate.

Fuel UseageFuel Stats
Fuel cons. (claimed)5.5L/100km
Fuel cons. (on test)8.9L/100km
Fuel type95-octane premium unleaded
Fuel tank size62L

What is the 2022 Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon like to drive?

I’ll start with the good stuff first. As a freeway tourer or weekend getaway car, the Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon is hard to beat, injecting so much fun factor into even the most mundane driving loop.

The lowered stance enhances the race-car feel and allows you to feel exhilarated without feeling out of control. The steering feel is light but the precision and response are so satisfyingly sharp, and this is only improved at speed. 

The 1.6-litre, four-cylinder turbo petrol engine delivers outputs of 165kW and 300Nm, which is enough chutzpah to have you feeling like a regular Daniel Ricciardo.

The eight-speed automatic transmission is eager and willing to deliver – particularly at speeds of 60km/h and above – and acceleration is enthusiastic and exciting, without being anti-social, although you may encounter a slight lag when taking off from stationary.

Kicking it into the Sport drive mode adds firmness to the steering and immediacy to acceleration, and sharpens the package further for those who need X-factor on the commute.

For a car so low to the ground, it takes bigger hits really well, although it can start to feel a little off-kilter over consistently rough ground, like the random patch of cobblestones on my drive to my son’s childcare centre. Otherwise, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by the ride, which feels supple and protected. 

As is the case with plenty of sports-oriented cars, however, I found this experience started to fall apart around town. 

Firstly, it may seem nitpicky, but I found you really have to push the brake hard in order to turn the car on with the push-button start. Most cars can register light-to-medium foot input, but the Peugeot requires you to really plant your foot before permitting the engine to start. 

Then there’s the steering wheel – which feels comically small and more suited to a go kart than a family wagon. However, this could be a matter of personal preference – while I found the wheel size felt out of proportion to the rest of the car, my much taller and broader husband loved the racier feel, and so did plenty of my colleagues.

Connected to the steering wheel is a cruise-control stalk that I found impossible to use on the move. The steering wheel blocks it from view, and the system is not intuitive enough to use by touch alone. Once activated, however, it does an excellent job of slowing down according to the car in front and keeping you centred in your lane. 

My biggest complaints arose in stop-start traffic and when manoeuvring. The Sportswagon’s idle-stop system is at best laggy, and at worst anxiety-inducing. On multiple occasions it left me stranded in intersections when trying to perform a right turn, or delivered such a delay when I was turning from a side road onto a main road that I nearly had a run-in with oncoming traffic.

In one particularly stressful moment, I was stopped at a red light on a slight incline when the light turned green and I took my foot off the brake and moved it to the accelerator, only to have the car roll back a full metre before the engine re-started. It was alarming. 

The throttle can also be touchy when manoeuvring and parking, which is stressful in tight spaces and narrow streets where you crave precision and don’t want to leap forward in large increments. 

When turning with the steering wheel on full lock on a wet road, I also experienced a skating sensation from the front wheels that was by no means a deal-breaker, but certainly something I haven’t experienced in other wagons to date.

Additionally, the Peugeot’s brakes developed a squeaking noise towards the end of my week with it, which would no doubt prove annoying over a longer time period. 

Another challenge was the visibility at the front and rear. A particularly large A-pillar (the section separating the front windshield from the front side windows) means cyclists and pedestrians can be completely obscured, creating a sizable blind spot. 

Meanwhile, the back seat headrests block out most of the rear windshield in a double blow to visibility. I found I had to be extra vigilant with head checks as a result. 

Key details2022 Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon
Engine1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol
Power165kW @ 5500rpm
Torque300Nm @ 2750rpm 
Drive typeFront-wheel drive
TransmissionEight-speed torque converter automatic
Power to weight ratio118kW/t
Weight (tare)1395kg
Spare tyre typeSpace-saver
Tow rating1600kg braked

745kg unbraked

Turning circle10.8m

Should I buy a 2022 Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon?

The Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon is the perfect car for people who’ve spent their life favouring fun over function, but now have to find a comfortable compromise between both. 

It’s by no means the most accommodating or utilitarian wagon available (in my opinion, Skoda’s offerings lay claim to this title), nor is it the most affordable, family-friendly, economical or polished.

Depending on your perspective, some of its quirks – like a fussy idle-stop system, limited visibility and a messy infotainment interface – could be viewed as either adding character and charm, or detracting from daily functionality. 

However, if you’ll allow me to lazily lean on an overused stereotype, the 508 GT Sportswagon’s sleek looks, luxury accoutrements and addictively enjoyable driver experience give it a je ne sais quoi that could see it edge ahead of some more sensible choices.

How positively French. 

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Susannah Guthrie

Susannah Guthrie has been a journalist since she was 18, and has spent the last two years writing about cars for Drive, CarAdvice, CarSales and as a motoring columnist for several in-flight and hotel magazines. Susannah’s background is news journalism, followed by several years spent in celebrity journalism, entertainment journalism and fashion magazines and a brief stint hosting a travel TV show for Channel Ten. She joined Drive in 2020 after spending a year and a half at the helm of Harper’s BAZAAR and ELLE’s online platforms. Susannah holds a Bachelor in Media and Communications from the University of Melbourne and cut her teeth as an intern for Time Inc in New York City. She has also completed a television presenting course with the National Institute of Dramatic Art. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and her one-year-old son who, despite her best efforts, does not yet enjoy a good road trip.

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