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Peugeot e-308 SW review

£41,045 - £43,245
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Published: 20 Jun 2024
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Driving

What is it like to drive?

The e-308 SW is an uncomplicated car that doesn’t require too much from you to drive, but it’s probably more fun than you’d imagine it’s going to be. Let's face it though, that's likely to be a very low bar. The steering is incisive and helps you to place the car exactly where you want it.

Is it good for long distances? 

The e-308 SW is rated at 254 miles of official range, which will work out at more like 200 miles of real world driving: enough for longer journeys punctuated by charging rest stops. The ride is smooth over undulations and larger bumps but can get a little noisy over potholes and the like. It feels like the kind of mature, fuss-free machine you’d expect from a carmaker like Peugeot.

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It’ll also seat four people in decent comfort with a good bit of luggage, so a family touring holiday off along the continent isn’t out of the question.

How fast will it charge?

The e-308 SW will max out at 100kW charging, which is solid if unspectacular. But it’ll get you from 20 per cent to 80 per cent charge in 30 minutes.

On a 7kW home charger it’ll do the same in a whisker under 4.5 hours and it’ll take nearly 15 hours on a domestic wall socket. The onboard charger is actually rated at 11kW if you can find a decent three-phase AC socket. A good feature for winter is that all e-308 SWs come with a heat pump as standard, which helps efficiency when the weather is cold.

How fast will it drive?

The official 0–62mph time is 9.9 seconds and the e-308 SW will max out at 106mph: not the sort of heroics you expect from an electric car, but everyone’s had enough of wheel-scrabbling torque and grim-faced acceleration by this point. Peugeot’s done well to ease the e-308 back a notch and create a car that’s more flexible for urban and long-distance use. 

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You get Eco, Normal and Sport modes that ramp up the power levels, but the e-308 SW is fine left in Eco mode unless you’re running late or want to overtake something. There isn’t a one pedal driving mode or adjustable regen aside from selecting B mode on the drive selector, which ramps up the regen for hill descents and stop-start traffic.

Otherwise the car is designed to simulate combustion engine braking, so there’s no option to coast like all the electric ninjas like to do.

Highlights from the range

the fastest

115kW GT 54kWh 5dr Auto
  • 0-629.8s
  • CO20
  • BHP154.2
  • MPG
  • Price£43,245

the cheapest

115kW Allure 54kWh 5dr Auto
  • 0-629.8s
  • CO20
  • BHP154.2
  • MPG
  • Price£41,045

the greenest

115kW GT 54kWh 5dr Auto
  • 0-629.8s
  • CO20
  • BHP154.2
  • MPG
  • Price£43,245

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