For The 1.6-litre engine feels livelier than the entry-level 1.4, and it's smooth and frugal, too. Access may be the most basic trim, but it comes with air-con and the full safety specification.
Against The engine is audible when revved, although not excessively so, and this is the only trim to miss out on alloy wheels.
What Car? says
In terms of value for money, this is probably our favourite petrol engine in the range. However, we still think it's better to dig a little deeper and choose a more frugal diesel model.
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Target Price team says:
The more you spend on your Peugeot 308 SW, the more it becomes like a mini-MPV. Although the base Access and SR trims come with a conventional 60/40-split centre row of seats, Active and Allure models have individual seats in the second row. Another two seats, that can be bolted into the boot floor, are available as an option.
We reckon Active and SR trim are the sweet points in the range – Access cars are a little too basic, Allure cars are a little too expensive.
As with the 308 hatchback, the SW works best with the 110bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine. It’s smooth, flexible and gives really impressive economy.
Reader test team says:
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