Review Peugeot 308 SW (2008 – To Date) Used car

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better to think of the Peugeot 308 SW as a estate with extra in the rear than a genuine to fully-fledged compact MPVs. Its lacks the space and versatility you expect in a purpose-built people but there’s a good amount of for the front five occupants and the two seats are fine as occasional for children. The strong engines really capitalised on by the 308’s chassis but the cabin has a quality to it and equipment levels aren’t bad.

Things have since but back in 2008, other mainstream car manufacturers developing compact MPVs seats that slid, reclined, tumbled and generally into a fantastical array of Peugeot watched from the lines like a school boy left his PE kit on the kitchen table. then, car buyers striding one of the French manufacturer’s showrooms to be stupefied by the latest feat of MPV origami would have pointed in the direction of the 308 SW.

Not an MPV but a small estate with a of extra seats in the boot. The must have been but once the customers had been from walking out, inspection would reveal extended 308 did have something to And it still does. Today, has plenty of MPV options but for many this 308SW would be a better fit.

Let’s it out.


slowness to offer what people would recognise as a MPV was a bit of a puzzle. The French marque after all, long large people carriers the 806 and 807. They’d also with MPV design in the unorthodox citycar and the van-based Partner Yet it wasn’t until 2010 the Gallic brand finally up with the 5008.

Before that, it stayed out of the compact MPV market where the of Vauxhall’s Zafira and Renault’s were having a fine of it. Perhaps the policy was designed to the way clear for Peugeot’s PSA partner Citroen to clean up with its and C4 Picasso models.

Whatever the it left Peugeot with the 307 SW and then the 308 SW – estate with a couple of extra in the boot – to offer seeking a six or seven-seater of relatively size. When the issue was addressed by the 5008, it took of the weight from the shoulders of the 308 SW, had replaced its 307 predecessor in 2008. At the time though, much of the of this car’s existence in the place was removed.

Compact cars with seven are a very rare breed for a Still, this SW always a solid product and used can make very passable cars. The 308 SW launched in 2008 the 308 hatch had already been on for a year. Most of the hatchback’s options were available, the highlights being the 1.6-litre THP in 150bhp or 175bhp guises and always impressive HDi diesels.

Trim levels ranged S through SE and Sport, with SR added later.


Although a compact estate have an element of the oxymoron it, the 308SW is less compact most. Peugeot insisted the SW needed to be able to seat with two occasional seats can be fitted into the rear but are really only any good for children. As a seven-seat MPV, the 308 SW the pack but as a five-seat estate some extra kids’ it’s much more

With the rear seats in there’s 674 litres under the load cover, while the rear seats removed, a massive 2,149 litres up to level. Let’s put those into perspective. An Audi A4 of the same era claimed to be the biggest in its sector, yet could swallow a 490 litres behind its back

There’s a lot of room in a 308 SW. This just a 308 hatch with a tacked to its boot either. The is 100mm longer than the car, which allows seat passengers to enjoy extra space.

The rear overhang was increased by to get that headline luggage bay while the panoramic glass that gives the interior a light and airy feel was in size by 27 per cent compared to the on the hatch. It extends beyond the of second row passengers for a truly effect. Access to the rear is by separately opening tailgate for those moments when to the rear prevent you opening the tailgate.

Peugeot aimed for a ambience on the 308 and this is more in the higher you climb up the trim range. Equipment on all variants to power steering, remote central locking with electric front windows, a column adjustable for reach and a CD player, a trip computer and operated door mirrors.

Peugeot 308


SW buyers a premium of only around to get an SW estate model instead of a hatch and the gap between the two models on the market is smaller still. It the 308 SW an affordable way to get a seven seat even if it does give a little on practicality to proper MPVs. As a rough guide, models are now commanding between and £12,000 depending on engine and


The 308 should be a reasonably reliable There have been a few of electrical problems so check the car’s various systems are correctly. Most cars have had a tough family so check for scratches, scrapes, pen stains and general signs of wear and tear.


It’s certainly hard to the 308 SW’s range of engines. were no fewer than options to mull over, of them particularly weak. The petrol contingent employs VTi technology using variable timing and lift to adapt the process according to the demands placed on the engine by the driver.

highlights include the 1.4-litre level unit that 95bhp and at the other end of the petrol the 1.6-litre THP, good for In between, there’s a 1.6 VTi with and a 1.6 THP engine with 150bhp (or in auto form). The diesel consists of Peugeot’s excellent HDi diesel engines.

There’s a 1.6-litre unit in 90 or 110bhp form and a 2.0-litre option topping the range will get from a standstill to in 10.1s. While the engines are top the 308 never garnered much of a as a driver’s car, though a step forward from the old The steering isn’t rich in and the balance between ride and handling ability never hits the sweet spot.

To be this is more of an issue if buying the hatch model, the SW version being more towards practicality and angled at for whom handling finesse is of a concern. The car is comfy and smooth being particularly nimble or

By Steve Walker

(approx on a 2008 308 SW 1.6 S) Consumables for the 308 SW are reasonably An air filter is around £15 an oil filter retailing at approximately Spark plugs are £10 with a timing belt in at the £40 mark.

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