Peugeot 308 SW review

Category: Estate car

Section: Performance & drive

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  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 front right tracking
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 rear left tracking
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 interior dashboard
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 interior rear seats
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 interior infotainment
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 front tracking
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 rear tracking
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 left tracking
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 rear right static
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 front left static
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 headlight detail
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 front badge detail
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 interior front seats
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 interior driver display
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 boot open
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 boot detail
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 front right tracking
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 rear left tracking
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 interior dashboard
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 interior rear seats
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 interior infotainment
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 front tracking
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 rear tracking
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 left tracking
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 rear right static
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 front left static
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 headlight detail
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 front badge detail
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 interior front seats
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 interior driver display
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 boot open
  • Peugeot 308 SW 2021 boot detail
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

There's one petrol-only option in the Peugeot 308 SW engine range – an excellent 1.2-litre unit with 128bhp. It pulls strongly from low revs, and is as at home on the motorway as it is in town, even with a full boot or four passengers. The sole diesel engine available is a 1.5-litre unit that puts out 129bhp.

There are also two plug-in hybrid (PHEV) choices, starting with the Hybrid 180. It pairs a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined 178bhp – enough for 0-62mph in 7.7sec. The 12.4kWh battery pack offers a WLTP-certified electric-only range of up to 37 miles (the PHEV Skoda Octavia Estate can officially manage up to 41 miles). The motor’s instant acceleration makes driving in town fun, but even if you select electric-only running, anything other than a gentle prod on the accelerator will have the petrol engine piping up.

As ever, stick with smaller alloy wheels if comfort is a priority. Wheels of up to 18in are on offer in the 308 SW, but the 16in units will, we suspect, give you the most comfort. Plug-in hybrid versions ride slightly firmer than their combustion-engined siblings because of the extra weight of their battery packs.

No 308 SW is uncomfortable, though, and you won’t find yourself wincing every time you go over a drain cover or pothole.

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Handling

The 308 SW handles with a pleasing deliberateness, and the steering is light and accurate around town. It doesn’t weight up much on faster roads, but you always have a good idea of where the front wheels are heading and never have to make adjustments mid-corner.

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