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Peugeot 308 SW
4/10

Overall
verdict

Arguably a better proposition than the odd-looking and less practical boggo 308, the Peugeot 308 SW somehow looks right, and there’s masses of space and/or a seven seat option to swing in its favour.

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  • I’d rather have this than a regular 308, but then I think I’d rather superglue my face to the arse of thoroughbred than buy either.
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  • Our choice

    308 SW 2.0 HDi 150 Allure 5d

    Price £22,195

    BHP 150

    LB FT 240

    MPG 55

    CO2 134

    0-62 MPH 8.90

    Top Speed 127

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What is it?

When we said the 308 falls short, we didn't mean we wanted them to physically make it longer. But in fairness they've improved it by adding a huge load area.

Driving

The inherent softness of the 308 in faster corners is less of a let down in the SW, if only for the reason that you expect less of a car with load bearing abilities clearly at the fore.

The default choice with non-sporty Peugeots is one of the brand's undeniably solid diesel engines. The fairly bulky 308 wants the 2.0-litre HDi, a lump that's both torquey enough to feel quite quick, but smooth and refined enough to be easy to live with.

On the inside

A vast load space (especially in comparison with the under-achieving regulation 308) and the option of a third row of very occasional rear seats, means the 308 SW is pretty damn practical.

Owning

Decent economy and low tax is guaranteed if you plump for a diesel, but residuals will be poor. The 308 is no cheaper than its superior mainstream rivals, but will probably fair rather worse over time.

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