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Peugeot 307

Peugeot 307

SW review

by Ross Finlay (26 April 2002)

Although until now we’ve published only a short item on the general design of the Peugeot 307 SW . this car is very high on the list of new models which have brought readers into CARkeys via the various search engines.

The idea of a car which is part conventional hatchback and part mini-MPV obviously appeals, especially to people who quite fancy one of the latter, but don’t necessarily like the high stance all vehicles of this type are forced to adopt.

As one of the latest-generation hatchbacks from a styling point of view, the 307 has been adapted very neatly to its SW status. That’s for station wagon, but Peugeot doesn’t want to call it either that in full, or an estate. As far as the company is concerned, this is a new kind of car, and conventional labels won’t do.

Okay, the SW has the familiar 307 bodywork as far back as the B-pillar and what’s effectively an estate car rear end, but it stands on a 100mm longer wheelbase than the original car, is 120mm longer in the rear overhang, and 10mm wider overall.

Among the surprising things about the specification is the fact that a panoramic glass roof is standard, not an extra-cost option. The glass panel extends rearwards over the second and even the third row of seats (if fitted), and the SW has an electrically operated shutter which can close under the whole roof, or as far as the occupants want. The shutter is trimmed in exactly the same way as the rest of the upper panelling, although with less in the way of padding.

It makes the SW a real dual-purpose car, open to sunlight in the summer and closed snugly off in the winter.

Peugeot has taken a highly unusual attitude to the variable seating necessary these days for any manufacturer wanting to attract family buyers to this type of car. The standard rear cabin has three individual seats which can be moved fore-and-aft or, in a simple manoeuvre, taken out altogether.

So the SW can have two seats up front and two behind, and the two in the back can be placed so that they offer better elbow room than is possible when all three are installed. When needed, the rear seats can be folded forward to increase the already generous luggage space, which is loaded over a low sill.

But there are also mountings, behind them, for a pair of occasional third-row seats, which can be bought from Peugeot dealerships, either singly or as a pair, for an extra £165 each. Looking at the very handy amount of luggage space the SW offers in its five-seater mode, I think many owners will be quite happy with that combination, although the way the over-the-back seats are offered is certainly unusual.

Peugeot 307

Up front, it’s all familiar 307, in particular the very attractive metal-rimmed instruments and the fact that even a tall driver doesn’t have the faintest idea how far away the number plate is. Many owners will take quite a while to get used to the dimensions of the SW in parking.

There are 1.6-litre and two-litre 16-valve petrol engines, and a pair of two-litre HDi turbo diesels from that amazing Trémery factory which works 24 hours, seven days a week. In the SW, they’re available in both 90bhp and 110bhp trim.

There may not be as many diesel-engined SWs sold as is usual in other Peugeot model ranges, because most of them will probably be private buys rather than company cars, and the owners won’t have Benefit In Kind to worry about.

On the road, the 1.6-litre petrol model felt very smooth-running, with a slicker gearchange than I found on the diesel. The advantage the SW has over conventional mini-MPVs is that it does feel just like an ordinary car on the road, with fluid handling – and very good ride quality – which isn’t compromised by excess height.

Prices start at £13,660 for the five-seater 1.6-litre S model and rise to £16,390 for the top-rated seven-seater HDi 110 SE. Some versions with the two-litre petrol engine will be available with automatic transmission from later in the year, when the list is complete.

The 307 SW has been well worth waiting for, and it’s an ingenious design, as well as good-looking, with plenty of interior colour options. And the dynamics are away ahead of any mini-MPV.

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