The 308 is a great example of Peugeot’s efforts to reposition itself as a more upmarket competitor. We like the hatch version which provides outstanding fuel consumption in the real world as well as on the official test, but does it work as a family estate?
Adding weight to a car is never a good starting point as it dents fuel efficiency and handling, however thanks to the crash diet Peugeot’s engineers put the 308 through it is well placed to cope with an estate makeover. The final result is a sub 1,300 kg kerb weight which many hatchbacks would be pleased with.
Having said that, dropping an extra 110 kg into the mix has to have some effect and it can be seen in a slight increase in the 0-62 mph time and a slight increase in thirst. However going by our experience of the same engine in the hatch, as long as you don’t use all the boot space on every trip 70+ mpg is easily achievable which is an excellent result.
All of this talk of efficiency and a low kerb weight may lead you to conclude that the SW has limited boot space. The good news is that with 660 litres on offer it is well equipped to cope with estate duties. Dropping the rear seats reveals 1775 litres so the occasional mattress or fridge should be covered too.
The 308 SW offers space, efficiency, decent refinement and even an enjoyable drive. As ever with modern Peugeot’s just make sure you can see the controversially positioned speedo and rev counter over the tiny steering wheel; if you can we can heartily recommend handing over your cash.