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.
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.
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.