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10 things we learned about the Peugeot 308 SW

Date: 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.
Category: Estate
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.