While the popularity of station wagons is declining, Peugeot is also launching a SW version of its latest generation 308. It combines the advantages of the compact with a larger trunk. In addition, it is also offered with a number of plug-in hybrid variants.
Crossings dominate the streets, but at Peugeot we know a lot: there’s still room for a sleek van. The fact that you have to play the card of design more than the card of practicality is the small sacrifice needed to be noticed these days.
However, this is not bad at all because it is certainly subjective, but this 308 SW is a work of art on wheels. With clean lines and a kind of ducktail spoiler on the tailgate. This is a truck that can’t be called boring. The same could not be said of his predecessor. Now that we’ve mentioned its predecessor, the new model is almost identical in size. Logically, if we know that it is in fact an evolution of the second generation of the 308.
It seems that just yesterday Peugeot unveiled its i-Cockpit, a design line for the dashboard with a minimum number of buttons, a small steering wheel and a very high instrument panel. Today, the minimalism of the i-Cockpit has faded a bit. There are nine shortcut keys and the line is busier. The advantage, however, is that this 308 SW offers much more ease of use. Probably thanks to the powerful infotainment system with shortcut practices. The correct visibility of the meters will depend on your size, as always.
If the previous 308 was a miracle of comfort … then this generation will continue this tradition. There are optional AGR seats, approved by a group of German physiotherapists, practical storage compartments, sufficient recharging points, and so on. In addition, the materials used show quality. It’s a pleasure to slide into this 308. Well, especially in the front, because the back seat can get a little cramped for tall people.
A car without electrification is slowly becoming a thing of the past! Because even the most mundane small engines today carry a lightweight hybridization system. Initially, Peugeot offers four options for this 308 SW. Starting with two classics: a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder turbo petrol with 110 or 130 hp and a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel with 130 hp. Upstairs, Peugeot has placed two plug-in variants. Although it is essentially the same installation.
Thus, the two plug-in models are equipped with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbo gasoline engine, a 110 hp electric motor and a 12.4 kWh battery. The power difference of the system lies in the adjustment of the combustion engine. The result ? A plug-in of 180 hp and one of 225 hp. It is therefore mainly about power, as both versions have CO2 emissions of about 25 g / km and a theoretical electrical range of 60 km.
Here we test the Hybrid 180 version at the GT finish level. This variant aims to highlight the dynamic qualities of the 308 SW and combines them with a fiscally attractive engine (for a while). What immediately catches your eye? Peugeot knows how to adjust its EMP2 platform! Like its predecessor, the 308 SW is a dynamic station wagon capable of combining dynamism and comfort. Thanks to the extra weight (312 kg!) Of the connector, the 308 SW also gives the impression of being a solid car. This is, of course, the case with a 1.6 ton car …
And driving? The electric motor is strong enough to drive full time in “EV” mode and the theoretical range of 60 km has increased to 70 according to our experience. Hybrid mode (where the car itself switches from combustion to electric) knows how to strike a good balance while the 8-speed automatic gearbox shifts quietly. However, once the battery is empty, we notice that the gasoline engine needs its revs to advance the set.
We said this at the beginning of this essay: modern station wagons are increasingly looking at design. The downside is that the trunk often has to give way to some space. In the case of this 308 SW, it’s not that bad. With 608 liters, it barely loses 2 liters compared to its predecessor. However, if you opt for the plug-in version, the trunk is reduced to 548 liters due to the battery. In other words, it is the engine that affects the trunk and not the design.
As for the bill, the hybrid is shown at a minimum of € 37,850 (France: € 39,050), ie a supplement of about € 10,000 with respect to the entry level. Our GT Pack test model (France: Hybrid 225 only) carries the entire package for almost € 47,000, including the blue leather interior for € 1,100 and the Focal audio system for € 800. Although in this 308 you will be able to enjoy an amazing luxury, you will have to put your hand in your wallet …
The new 308 SW builds on the qualities of its predecessor and adds a distinctive design and improved passenger compartment. Plug-in hybrid versions guarantee a fiscally efficient ticket without compromising driving comfort. Peugeot has done its homework well, that’s for sure.