10 things we learned about the Peugeot 308 SW
20 November 2015
Author: Alisdair Suttie
Sporty family cars and diesel engines were once Peugeot's fortés. Al Suttie finds out if the 308 SW GT revives those key strengths.
|Key rival:|| Ford Focus Estate|
|Model tested:|| 308 SW ST TDCi|
|Price as tested:|| £26,845|
1: It's a handsome beasty, the 308 SW GT, especially in the dark metallic blue of our test car.
2: Peugeot has remembered how to make a car ride and handle at the same time with the GT.
3: A shame there's no manual gearbox option to make the diesel SW GT feel sportier as performance only feels adequate.
4: Paddle shifters on the steering wheel are finger-tip easy to use, but the 'box's responses can be slovenly.
5: Hard to fault claimed economy of 68.8mpg and a real-world 55.2mpg during our test mileage on mixed roads.
6: The boot's so big it has an echo. It's also got no lip or drop to the load floor, so it's a doddle to load in those overstuffed bags for life.
7: More rear legroom than the hatch offers excellent space and makes fitting a kiddy seat that bit easier.
8: The low-set steering wheel and high-mounted instrument binnacle works better in the 308 than 208, but still not sure it's needed.
9: Why Peugeot thought anyone would want the engine sound like an old Volvo T5 is unclear, but Sport mode offers this aural trick.
10: espite Peugeot's sporting heritage, the 308 SW GT diesel doesn't quite appeal in the same ways as a Skoda Octavia vRS wagon.