Review: Peugeot 308 SW (2014)


Available with 130PS three-cylinder Puretech petrol engine and 85g/km 1.6 eHDi diesel engines. European Car of the Year 2014. Big and practical boot.

Not as good to drive as a Leon ST. Touchscreen system takes some getting used to. Small glove compartment.

Peugeot 308 SW (2014): At A Glance

With such a good base to work from, the Peugeot 308 SW had every chance of being an excellent estate car from the outset - and it doesn’t disappoint. The well-made cabin and impressive refinement of the hatchback remain, but with one of the most spacious and practical rear load areas offered on a family-sized estate car.

The load area itself is easy to access, with a wide opening and a low load lip. There’s a retractable, removable load area cover to keep 660 litres of load volume covered up – and if you have big items to carry there’s a simple one touch mechanism to fold the rear seats completely flat. With the seats down maximum load space is an impressive 1775 litres.

In the back row there’s enough room to seat a pair of adults in comfort, with plenty of knee and headroom. Access is good, which is handy for loading and unloading child seats, although there are now only two Isofix mounting points for child seats – the previous generation model had three.

Not only is the 308 SW one of the most spacious cars in its class, it also has some of the most modern and efficient engines. The entry-level petrol model is a 110PS 1.2-litre turbo which, despite its size, is perfectly capable and offers low emissions of 109g/km. This engine is also offered with 130PS, plus you can get a range of diesels. The range-topper is a 150PS BlueHDi, which emits just 105g/km of CO2 and has official economy of 70.6mpg.

Despite being bigger than the hatchback the 308 SW is no more difficult to drive. The cabin is quiet and the controls well-weighted, so in or out of town the car is easy to get along with. It’s an impressive motorway cruiser too, even with the smaller 1.2-litre petrol engine under the bonnet.

The 308 SW offers a great blend of comfort, style and practicality. Add in low running costs, easy driving dynamics and impressive refinement and there’s a lot to like. For those seeking a useable everyday estate car it’s certainly worth adding to the shortlist – but its competition from SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen is very strong, while the Honda Civic Tourer offers a more flexible load area and cabin. 

Road Test 308 SW 1.2 Puretech, 1.6 eHDi and 2.0 HDi

What does a Peugeot 308 SW (2014) cost?

List Price from £21,125
Buy new from £15,658
Contract hire from £205.70 per month

Peugeot 308 SW (2014): What's It Like Inside?

Length 4585 mm
Width 2043 mm
Height 1472 mm
Wheelbase 2730 mm

Full specifications

Estate cars aren’t much good without a decent boot – and on that front the 308 SW is one of the best estates on offer. It has a 660-litre capacity with the seats in place, accessed through a wide-opening tailgate. The load lip is low and flat, so getting heavy items in and out is easy – plus it’s low enough for a dog to jump in and out of without difficulty.

Dropping the middle row of seats couldn’t be easier – simply pull the two levers in the boot and they flop forward, lying completely flat. With the retractable load cover out of the way and the seats down, load volume to the roof is 1775 litres, which is very impressive. In fact it's not just good compared to rivals of the same size, but also next to cars from the class above, like the latest Volkswagen Passat.

The back row of seats offers enough space for two adults thanks to generous leg and headroom, while two Isofix mounts are provided. However, the previous 308 SW had three, so this is a step backward for the new car. Build quality is generally very good throughout, while materials are impressive on the whole, with a soft touch dashboard covering and good quality seat coverings.

Like the 308 and 208 hatchbacks, the 308 SW has a small steering wheel which you look over, rather than through, to see the instruments. It’s a little odd at first but feels natural fairly quickly. The rest of the dashboard is very minimalist, with few physical buttons. Instead, everything is controlled from a central touch screen.

This works well for the most part, but it can get a little frustrating. Going from one menu to another just to change the fan speed is a little bit tedious, for example. The main controls for the touchscreen are down the left hand side of the screen, which is a bit of a stretch for right-hand drive cars. This is a hang up from the car’s left-hand drive origin, as is the small glove box which also houses the fusebox.

Standard equipment includes most of the things you’ll need – all cars get DAB Radio, remote central locking, cruise control, LED running lights, alloy wheels, air conditioning, navigation and Bluetooth.

Standard equipment: 

Active trim includes 16-inch alloy wheels, 9.7-inch multifunction colour touchscreen, satellite navigation, USB input, automatic dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control and speed limiter, rear parking aid, leather steering wheel & gearstick, automatic headlamps and automatic wipers.

Allure trim adds front fog lights, full LED headlamps, aluminium roof rails, aluminium boot rails, electric folding door mirrors, automatic dual-zone air conditioning, front parking aid and reversing camera plus 17-inch alloy wheels.

GT Line adds 18-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, twin exhaust and black laquered rear diffusor, aluminium style pedals and door sills, alf alcantara trim sports seats with red stitching, driver and front passenger lumbar adjustment and massage function, GT style leather steering wheel with red stitching along with GT style carpet mats.

GT trim adds sequential LED direction indicators, GT style leather steering wheel with red stitching and GT badge, Driver Sport pack (increased responsiveness of power steering, engine and gearbox to accelerator pedal, red instrument panel display of dynamic parameter information: acceleration, power delivery and turbo), keyless entry, dynamic cruise control, emergency collision alert and an emergency collision braking system

Child seats that fit a Peugeot 308 SW (2014)

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What's the Peugeot 308 SW (2014) like to drive?

The 308 SW has a diesel-focused engine range, but there is a petrol-offering in the form of a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo, producing either 110PS or 130PS. It might sound too small to propel a big estate, but it’s actually very good. There’s a lot of torque (235Nm) available from low engine speeds, so there is no need to work the engine hard – plus it remains quiet on the go. It’s even at home on the motorway.

The diesel range is broader – there are 1.6-litre engines with 92PS, 110PS, 115PS and 120PS, plus there is a 2.0-litre BlueHDi with 150PS. The most efficient of these is the 1.6-litre BlueHDi with 120PS, which produces 85g/km of CO2 and has official economy of 88.3mpg. This engine is available with a smooth automatic transmission, as is the range-topping 150PS 2.0-litre and the 130PS 1.2-litre petrol.

It might cost more, but the 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel is a better bet than the older 1.6-litre e-HDi units. It is more efficient, plus it offers more useful in gear performance thanks to greater peak torque. That means you don’t have to rev as hard when accelerating onto slip roads or overtaking.

Peugeot has concentrated on making the 308 SW easy and relaxing to drive, rather than exciting. This means smooth, precise, well weighted steering, a light clutch and a reasonably smooth gearchange – although it isn’t as slick as the transmission in a Volkswagen Golf Estate.

Around town the 308 SW doesn’t feel particularly bulky or difficult to drive, despite its size – but it is more at home on A-roads and motorways. Impressive refinement means the 308 SW remains quiet and relaxed even at 70mph, regardless of engine.

Find a twisting road and the 308 SW keeps its composure well, with little body roll and a sense of safe, surefootedness – precisely what you want from a family car. It’s not what you would call fun though – for that kind of estate the SEAT Leon ST is a better bet. 

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.2 Puretech 110 55–67 mpg 11.6–12.4 s 99–117 g/km
1.2 Puretech 130 52–61 mpg 9.4–12.6 s 106–123 g/km
1.2 Puretech 130 Automatic 54–63 mpg 9.5–11.1 s 106–119 g/km
1.2 Puretech 130 EAT8 52–54 mpg 10.2 s 119–125 g/km
1.5 BlueHDi 100 76 mpg - 100 g/km
1.5 BlueHDi 130 74–76 mpg 10.0–10.6 s 99–100 g/km
1.5 BlueHDi 130 EAT6 - - 105 g/km
1.5 BlueHDi 130 EAT8 72 mpg 9.7 s 102 g/km
1.5 BlueHDi EAT8 72–76 mpg 9.7 s 98–102 g/km
1.6 76 mpg 12.0 s 95 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 100 79 mpg 11.8 s 92–94 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 115 74–76 mpg 10.6–12.5 s 95–100 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 120 72–88 mpg 9.9–10.7 s 85–102 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 120 Automatic 71–74 mpg 9.9–10.6 s 99–105 g/km
1.6 e-HDi 115 74–76 mpg 12.0–12.5 s 95–100 g/km
1.6 HDi 115 74 mpg 12.5 s 100 g/km
1.6 HDi 92 74 mpg 13.7 s 99 g/km
1.6 THP 225 48 mpg 7.6 s 136 g/km
2.0 BlueHDi 150 71–74 mpg 8.9–10.1 s 99–105 g/km
2.0 BlueHDi 150 Automatic 61–67 mpg 8.4–10.0 s 99–112 g/km
2.0 BlueHDi 180 Automatic 69 mpg 8.6 s 107 g/km

Real MPG average for a Peugeot 308 SW (2014)

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Real MPG

33–83 mpg

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What's a good family car on a £10,000 budget?

We need to buy our first family car. We have two small children, so need room for a buggy. It will be mostly used for short journeys, but with some longer trips. Our budget is up to £10,000. We’d prefer automatic and aren’t keen on SUVs. And I am very short, so want something where I can easily have good visibility.
We'd recommend a Honda Civic Estate. It's very practical and your budget will get a 2016 model with a reliable 1.8-litre petrol engine and automatic gearbox. Also consider a Peugeot 308 SW (estate) with the 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine or Vauxhall Astra Estate with the 1.4-litre turbo.
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