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PEUGEOT has been bucking the trend in past 12 months, increasing its market share last year to 4.3% in a UK market down 6%.

That makes the brand the seventh largest player in UK car sales while last month it was voted most dependable brand in the latest JD Power survey.

It has now launched the all-new SW version of the Peugeot 508 in the UK, bringing a new sense of style to the highly competitive D-segment estate car market.

It brings some of the radical styling traits of the saloon to the estate car and at just 1.42 m in height and 4.78 m long, there is a dynacism to the body shape, stylised by smooth, flowing lines and a sleek, low roof.

Frameless doors are a unique estate car feature for a mainstream carmaker.

The interior features ergonomic, wrap-around seats offering five multi-point massage programmes, a range of premium and sophisticated trim and upholstery materials and a panoramic opening glass roof.

With the aid of the Magic Flat function, allowing the driver to fold back the two sides of the rear bench seat, the 508 SW is never short of space, with a total load space capacity of 1780 litres.

Of this total volume, 530 litres comes from the boot (with luggage cover closed), designed to be simple in shape and entirely practical, with hands-free, powered tailgate.

There is also the latest generation Peugeot i-Cockpit and a full suite of driving aids.

New features for the range include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Lane Keeping Assist and a Night Vision system – a first for the segment.

This system utilises an infra-red camera to detect living beings in front of the vehicle at night time or in low-visibility conditions to maximise safety.

Developments in engine efficiency have been driven towards delivering best-in-class CO2 emissions figures, with the new generation PureTech and BlueHDi engines.

The two new petrol options – a 180 S&S EAT8 and 225 S&S EAT8 – are based on the PureTech 1.6-litre engine. Four diesel options are based on the BlueHDi 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre – a 130 S&S BVM6, 130 S&S EAT8, 160 S&S EAT8 and 180 S&S EAT8. Our petrol engines are certified to Euro6d-TEMP and Diesel engines are certified to Euro6d-TEMP-EVAP.

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In the second half of 2019, the range will be supplemented by a Plug-in Hybrid petrol powertrain with an extended ZEV range of 50 km (WLTP cycle).

Prices start at £26,845 rising to £40,944 for the range-topping First Edition, 2.0L BlueHDi 180 EAT8 S&S 8-speed automatic


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Chris Wright
Chris Wright has been covering the automotive industry nationally and internationally for 30 years. Following spells with consumer titles he became News Editor of Automotive Management (AM), Editor of Automotive International, International Editor for Detroit-based Automotive News, and Editor of Dealer Update. He has also co-authored several FT Management Reports and contributes regularly to Justauto.com

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