Peugeot 307 SW 2.0 review (2001-2008) – MSN Cars UK

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Peugeot 307

SW 2.0 review (2001-2008)


Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cylinder

Fuel type:

Transmission: 5-speed manual

of test: November 2003

doesn’t offer a conventional people carrier; it leaves market for sister company hugely-successful Picasso to deal Instead, the French maker the 307 SW – for all intents and purposes a 307 with a glass roof and two seats in the boot. This is an Peugeot has used successfully in the (the 504 and 505 ‘Family’ seven-seaters to mind) but will the formula against high-rise rivals?

as even regular hatchback are decidedly MPV-like in appearance, the thinking has some grounding.

Where does it fit?

unique. No other maker a seven-seater estate car in this for similarly-configured rivals, you have to far up the automotive hierarchy ladder to V70 and Mercedes’ E-Class estate. No, for the it’s the compact MPVs provide main competition, seven-seat models such as the Premacy, Vauxhall Zafira and Touran.

The Citroen Picasso, C-MAX and Renault Scenic are all immediately giving Peugeot a advantage. However, the extra are not standard; they cost £300 for the pair.

Is it for you?

are strongly put off by compact MPVs for reasons – including the man’ image, slab-sided sheer bulk and less-involving due to the extra height. It’s in areas where Peugeot its 307 SW will score. Certainly a much more car-like seater, and actually looks flashy with its aluminium rails and full-length glass

And from behind the wheel it just like a regular slightly taller than a hatch but not too tall, long meeting a distant windscreen decent visibility thanks to seats. Alas, like all MPVs, there’s no luggage to speak off when fully-occupied. And do you stow the seats when you do the luggage space?

What it do well?

Peugeot 307

It’s a very drive. The 2.0-litre engine may high revs to perform (diesel power is arguably a sensible choice) but it’s smooth and quiet at all times. The car ‘big’ and commanding to drive even though it’s enough through town, and a reasonably convincing executive car

Handling is sharp and unaffected by the compact MPV roll and lean; a twisty sequence it’s impressive, though passengers may not be as impressed as the driver due to the high speeds it’s capable of. of course, to be able to carry passengers will always be a for parents of popular children.

doesn’t it do well?

But those will have to be children; cramped inside. As expected, the area is tight – is acceptable given the sportier than traditional vehicles. less acceptable is a severe of legroom for the middle perches, by an odd driving position which the seat to be slid back than normal in order to operate the pedals – further into precious It’s all quite compromised.

Even access to the rear is as the door openings seem a narrow. Compared to the latest Scenic, it’s far less and practical. Surprisingly, ride is also lumpy when particularly around town.

when carrying passengers transformed, suggesting firm to yield consistent handling no what the load.

What’s it to live with?

Economy the 2.0-litre petrol engine is at 34mpg combined, but takes a when the car’s laden as it has to be hard. Peugeot’s excellent HDi diesels make much sense in this car. But quality and refinement are good, the is neat and climate control effective – they to be as the roof lets in a lot of light, there is an electric blind.

Big, comfortable seats in the front but the driving position, too-close pedals and too-distant wheel, doesn’t. It’s a little tricky to park as the are distant, but Peugeots are mechanically and the SW should shake off high Even if there are a few trim occasionally inside.

Would we buy it?

The ‘disguised MPV’ styling have attractions, as does the that it seats more than more acknowledged MPVs. But the pay-off is a lack of flexibility, particularly for rear who will almost certainly cramped. Details such as the glass roof please but take the focus off a lack of while the 2.0-litre petrol struggles noticeably when

Economy also takes a too. For parents of children who to take friends out at weekends, the 307 SW sense; but if you’re after an to a conventional MPV, you’ll to look elsewhere. Arguably, the presence of the Citroen Picasso, is perhaps what Peugeot

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