Peugeot 508 SW vs Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake, station wagons in SUV hunting

The Volkswagen Arteon took advantage of its mid-career restyling to afford an unprecedented Shooting Brake version. A perfect rival for the Peugeot 508 SW which has dominated this segment of seductive station wagons since its release in 2018.

What if the station wagon was back? Abandoned for several years in favor of SUVs, the favorite vehicle of families in the 90s has not said its last word. Even better, he reinvented himself his last years leaving behind his nice break side of daddy.

Not to mention the off-road or hyper sports versions, the large sedan with trunk now intends to capitalize on several strengths: space on board and cargo space of course, not to mention driving pleasure and style.

A recipe perfectly assumed by the new generation of the Peugeot 508 SW released two and a half years ago, and by its latest competitor, the Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake. Shooting Brake, that is to say hunting station wagon, a category of vehicles existing for more than a century and making a comeback.

Obviously, no question of transporting freshly hunted game but of taking the whole family and the luggage that goes with it. All with style! Sculptural lines, a fleeting roof drop, frameless doors and a faux coupé silhouette, the Peugeot 508 SW or the Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake flatter the retina.

Add to the German its large LED bar integrated into its huge chrome grille and the French fangs, and you get two proposals to modernize the family car, make it sexy and almost sporty. Except that obviously, the main purchase criterion for this type of vehicle remains the space on board.

Arteon in front

As much to say it right away, the Arteon leaves with an advantage … of size, its upper length of almost 10 cm (4.87 m against 4.79 m) which logically benefits the wheelbase (2.83 m against 2.79 m) and therefore the livability. It’s simple, in the back seats, the space is quite simply worthy of a limousine. And a few details such as the tri-zone air conditioning or the heated rear seats contribute to this ambiance premium.

In the 508 SW, there is room too, but less. The headroom is much less generous, the legroom more restricted and there is no comfort equipment as in the Volkswagen. Fortunately, the Frenchwoman makes up for it with more practicality : lower loading sill, folding rear seat from the boot using levers.

It also hasmore cargo volume with the seats folded down (1,780 liters against 1,632 l). The trunk of the Arteon is for its part larger in normal configuration (565 liters against 530 l).

In short, each has its strengths, exactly as in the front seats. Modern and neat presentation in the 508 with the famous small steering wheel and aviation-style touches, and a more classic but equally opulent atmosphere in the Arteon.

Sport and / or comfort!

With their sleek, almost sporty silhouettes, the two station wagons embody driving pleasure. Except that once on their wheels, the differences in philosophy are notable. Bigger and heavier, the Arteon has clearly made the choice of versatility with neutral handling. Flawless but without really character either.

Quite the opposite of the 508 SW which is much more dynamic. The 100 kg difference on the scales and the biting front axle of the Lioness distill a good dose of satisfaction to its driver. Enough to forget the backpack at the back and relegate far behind the SUVs!

On the other hand, in terms of comfort, the two breaks are equipped with controlled damping as standard and it is the Arteon which benefits from the best settings, absorbs even better all types of pavement. Proof that the Volkswagen will be aimed at an audience that may be a little older.

Engines also reinforce this impression. The 225 hp 1.5 turbo petrol unit of the 508 is logically more efficient than the 190 hp 2.0 turbo petrol 4-cylinder which may be a bit tight to run at 5 with the trunk filled to the brim. For more power, you will have to opt for the R version of 320 hp, or the plug-in hybrid of 218 hp.

The cheaper 508

The French 4-cylinder is also surprising less noisy than its German counterpart. On the other hand, the two units are perfectly associated with their respective gearboxes, automatic EAT8 for the French and DSG7 for the Arteon.

Finally, let’s talk about prices, the 508 SW starts its prices at 38,600 € for the PureTech 180 EAT8 version in Active Pack finish while the Arteon Shooting Brake displays an entry ticket of € 47.590 for the 190 DSG7 in Arteon finish.

Our trial versions 508 SW PureTech 225 EAT8 GT Pack and Arteon Shooting Brake 190 DSG7 R-Line are sold respectively € 50,100 and € 52,010. A price difference in favor of the 508 SW which is widening with engines and equivalent equipment.

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