Review: Peugeot 307 SW (2002 – 2008)

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Makes sense of the 307. Up to seven forward-facing seats. Good to drive. Decent diesels.

Pre-facelift cars still had quality problems

Peugeot 307 SW (2002 – 2008): At A Glance

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Friday 10th February 2006

It was a bit embarrassing being asked to long-term test a facelift Peugeot 307SW when I was already long-terming a Ford C-Max. But it has made for quite a useful comparison.

For a start, the 307SW is a genuine 7-seater. The fact that the centre three seats individually slide as well as double fold means that with a bit of co-operation most families of seven can make sure everyone has enough legroom. At 5 9 I can arrange the seats so I am comfortable in all seven of them.

And thats the 307SWs unique selling proposition. It is now the one and only station wagon with seven forward-facing seats that can comfortably accommodate seven.

It lacks a few things my C-Max has, such as cruise control and optional satnav. Its not as easy to get in and out of. Nor is it quite as comfortable.

However (makes a change from but), Peugeot seems to have been working on the engine.

It should be exactly the same 136PS PSA 16 valve diesel as the C-Maxs. Yet it doesnt feel the same.

Whereas in the C-Max, torque comes in with such a wallop it can spin its front wheels in 2nd, the Peugeot takes its time. And now Ive just about got the engine run-in its proving to be as smooth in its power and torque delivery as the always excellent 1.6 16 valve diesel. Add to that the superb ride quality, the wonderful Peugeot steering feel, and the handling, it really has become a pleasure to drive. And it seems to stretch a gallon of the smelly stuff a bit further than the C-Max too.

Then it blotted its copybook. Okay, Id been in a hurry and Id done what I advise my readers never to do. Id started from cold, driven half a mile and switched off to buy some stop lamp bulbs. Then I started again and drove a mile or so to fit them. Then I started the engine again, third time from cold and depollution system faulty came up on the dash together with a lack of power. I drove through the lack of power, ignored the warning and as soon as I had the engine properly warmed up on the motorway the warning went out.

One thing is for sure: there is not another MPV anywhere in the world that outhandles the 307SW (not even the Mazda 5). It drives, grips and gives even more pleasure than the 307 hatchback. And with the 138PS (136bhp) 2.0 litre 16v HDI its geared to give 35mph per 1,000 rpm in 6th, so you can cruise all day at 90mph and around 2,500rpm. In fact, its so high geared that you need to use lower gears for lesser speeds: 5th is more appropriate for a 50 limit, 4th for 40mph contra-flows, and 3rd for 30mph limits. So while its a fantastic tourer and people mover, with that ultra-tall 6th it probably isnt a very good caravan tower.

Inside, just like an MPV, you get three individual sliding, double-folding, removable centre-rear seats and two folding, removable forward-facing rearmost seats, which are sold as optional extras. Unlike an MPV, you also get a wonderful full-length heat-reflective glass roof that brightens up the interior on a sunny day and can be curtained off with an electric blind when the sun refuses to shine.

Its a 7-seater that goes and handles like a sports car, yet only chucks out 148g/km CO2 and averages 50.4mpg on the combined cycle. And it has the very neat feature of door mirrors which automatically fold when you lock the car. What more could you want?

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.6 16V 37 mpg 11.4–11.9 s 178 g/km
1.6 HDi 110 55–57 mpg 11.5–12.0 s 131–134 g/km
1.6 HDi 90 55–57 mpg 12.8–13.3 s 131–134 g/km
2.0 HDi 50 mpg 10.8 s 148 g/km

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Which is more comfortable and quiet, the SEAT Ateca or Volkswagen Golf Estate?

My 10 year old Peugeot 307 SW, which I have enjoyed, needs replacing. Both the new SEAT Ateca 1.4 petrol DSG (18-inch wheels) and the new Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.5 petrol DSG (16-inch wheels) suit my needs on paper as regards to space and driver assistance packages. I've driven the Ateca and I'm waiting to drive the Golf. Apart from space and specs, a quiet comfortable ride is very high on my needs list. Without the ability to test drive the two vehicles "back to back" on the same roads I expect to find it hard to compare between them. Logic suggests that on wheel/tyre size alone the Golf should be the winner for comfort and quietness although there are clearly other factors that effect ride comfort. I would very much value your opinion as to which vehicle is likely to be the most cosseting.
SUVs have bigger wheels than cars, usually by an inch or two, but what's important is the amount of tyre between the rims and the road. Atecas can come on 16-inch ‘Design’ alloy wheels with 215/60 R16 tyres; 17-inch ‘Dynamic’ alloy wheels with 215/55 R17 tyres or 18-inch bi-colour alloy wheels with 215/50 R18 tyres. But the big thing here is that the Golf as VAG's latest 1.5 ECO engine and though the 1.4 TSI 150 is good, it isn't the latest engine. The Golf will probably be on 16-inch wheels with 205/55 R16s.
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