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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Peugeot 308 SW

Overall verdict
This is among the best compact estates on sale (partly because it isn’t really compact at all).


Space, some fine engines, road manners, design


The touchscreen-averse are relegated to the base model


What is it?

An estate version of a former European Car of the Year, the Peugeot 308. Now, the 308 hatch isn’t a total stand-out in our rankings, but the estate has a trick or two up its sleeve. It’s built on a stretched wheelbase. The back seat is moved aft to use up some of that stretch, and the rest is given over to the boot. More rear overhang than the hatch gives a further elongation of the boot.

At the same time as the SW, Peugeot launched some low-emission high-economy engines that aren’t at all sluggish, making the whole 308 range is more alluring.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 BlueHDi 180 GT 5dr EAT8
8.4s 110g/km 61.4 177 £29,890
The cheapest
1.2 PureTech 110 Active 5dr [6 Speed]
98g/km 56.5 110 £21,870
The greenest
1.5 BlueHDi 100 Active 5dr
91g/km 76.3 102 £22,510