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Loads of space

Strong engines

Up to seven seats


Odd styling at the back

Won’t hold its value too well

The Peugeot 308 SW reviews are fairly positive. It’s a mid-sized estate that has a large boot, smart interior and the option of a 3rd row of seats. It’s not the prettiest vehicle on the market, but the 308 SW scores well for its practicality and gets fairly good reviews as a result.

It’s also comfortable, and Peugeot quality is improving these days too. With a new 308 on the way though, the SW may not be long for this world.


As an estate car, practicality is the focus here and the SW doesn’t do too badly. It’s a proper five-seater – with higher-spec versions getting three individual rear seats rather than a bench, with the option of two more small seats in the back. They’re not really suitable for adults, though.

With them stowed, the boot is massive at 600 litres. Drop the middle row too and it grows to 911 litres.

The driving position is largely okay, but some complain that the wheel and pedals are offset to the left – not so good for your back on longer journeys. Quality isn’t bad – it’s an area in which Peugeot has made huge strides in the last few years – but the large A-pillars restrict vision somewhat.


Some testers actually prefer the 308 SW to the regular 308 hatchback, citing a more comfortable ride – though this is relative, as several reviews actually say the ride quality is a little stiff. It’s no sports car, but there’s still plenty of grip – though there’s not a great deal of feel through the steering and it can kick back over bumps.

There are certainly more entertaining and – more importantly for most – better-riding estates out there, and the SW’s age is now starting to count against it.


Peugeot has slimmed down the 308 SW’s engine range over the years, so today your choices are limited to three diesels and one petrol model. The lone petrol is the 1.6 VTi, a sporty unit found in several other Peugeots and Citroens as well as the MINI Cooper. It’s smooth and least expensive to buy, but not the best option.

Two 1.6 diesels are next – the HDi 92 and the e-HDi 115. The latter is the star here, with decent performance, refinement, and up to 67.3 mpg combined economy. VED is a mere £20 per year. Topping the range is a 2.0 HDi diesel.

It’s an excellent unit with plenty of punch, great refinement and a snappy gearbox. With MPG in the low 50s it lags behind more modern units, but it’s more than up to the task of hauling the SW’s body down the road.

Value for money

The 308 SW isn’t particularly great value. Some tests note that some models can be a little expensive, and they’re certainly no cheaper than rivals. Residual values aren’t great, and while some engines are economical, overall there are more thrifty rivals.

Some reviews are still a little doubtful about Peugeot’s reliability ratings too.

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Worth noting

Don’t be fooled by the seven seat option – although you may squeeze a couple more kids in the back, they’re certainly not suitable for adults and it’s more of a “five plus two”. Unless you’re desperate for a seven-seater, you’re better off saving a little money and appreciating the huge boot.

You may also like to know that there’s a new 308 on the way soon. While no replacement for the SW has yet been announced, anyone considering the existing 308 SW may like to hold on for a next-generation version.


The reviews for the 308 SW do tend towards positivity, and if practicality and comfort are your concerns there’s still a lot here to like. Go for an economical 1.6 diesel, don’t bother with the 7-seat option, and you’ll have a useful small family car.

However, there are definitely better options out there these days, and the imminent arrival of a new 308 means only those looking for hefty discounts should really consider the 308 SW.

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