Peugeot 508 SW as a plug-in hybrid in the test: Elegant instead of economical

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Peugeot has also been selling the 508 Station Wagon as a plug-in hybrid since 2019. Has a special position within the group, because there is no model that is directly comparable. Opel will only be able to follow suit with the next generation of the Insignia; Citroën has left this class. The DS9 is available with this drive, but not as a station wagon.

After all, 16 percent of the 508 newly registered in July 2021 had a plug-in hybrid. That is a little less than the VW Passat GTE Variant (28 percent), the main competitor of the Peugeot 508 on the German market. But it shows that the massive state funding package is working.

There is currently no battery-electric range in the classic large station wagon segment. Because these cars are often used on long journeys, at first glance it makes perfect sense if the daily commute can be driven with electricity and the internal combustion engine is available for the journey. The 508 SW Hybrid e-EAT8 with a system output of 165 kW (225 PS) had to show how well the combination of gasoline and electric motor can fulfill this hope.

Electrically powered, the Peugeot managed 44 km. The factory specification is 47 to 52 km, depending on the tires. When recharging, 10.9 kWh flowed into the battery, resulting in a power consumption of 24.8 kWh / 100 km including conversion losses. Peugeot gives a warranty of eight years or 160,000 km up to a capacity limit of 70 percent for the battery.

In order to be eligible for funding, the requirements of the Electromobility Act (EmoG) must be met: Either the combined CO2-Emissions according to the EU fantasy formula are below 50 grams per kilometer (factory specification test car: 36 g CO2/ km) or the range must be above 40 km. This value will be increased to 60 km in 2022 and to 80 km in 2025. That is the current status. However, it is quite likely that the funding conditions will soon tighten. One plan provides for the CO2Limit from October 2022 and bring the 80 km rule forward by one year.

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The success of the plug-in hybrids (August share: 12.7 percent of all new registrations) is primarily due to government funding. The so-called innovation bonus of 7177.50 euros is less decisive here. It is more important to halve the taxation of the monetary benefit when using a company car for private purposes. In the case of station wagons, the proportion of commercial registrations is traditionally particularly high.

Length runs: The Peugeot 508 SW is a classic large station wagon. In the plug-in hybrid version and with the maximum equipment “GT Pack”, the basic price is 54,300 euros. The so-called innovation bonus of 7177.50 euros can be deducted from this. (Image: Christoph M. Schwarzer)

How borderline this regulation from the point of view of the CO2-Emission is shown by a look at the gasoline consumption of 7.2 liters of premium gasoline. With this value, the Peugeot 508 is pretty much on par with the VW Passat GTE. This is hardly surprising in the case of cars of roughly the same size and weight, whose drive train is reduced to little more than the difference between the automatic converter (Peugeot) and the dual-clutch transmission (Volkswagen).

If 7.2 liters of premium gasoline are burned per 100 km, 168 g of CO are produced2 / km. This in turn corresponds to a consumption of 6.3 liters of diesel fuel per 100 km, because more CO2 per liter. During the two-week test period, there was no rest, but rather a leisurely ride. The traffic was heavy, and the Peugeot’s comfortable set-up tempts you to glide rather than heat.

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