What’s this then?
You’re looking at the new Peugeot 308 SW, an estate car version of the just-launched 308 hatchback.
If you’re not familiar with the new 308, then everything is new. From the sleek styling to a new class-leading diesel engine, the 308 is brand new from the ground up.
At 4.58 metres long it’s a relatively sizeable car, but that’s worked wonders with the boot capacity which swells to 610 litres from the 470 of the hatchback. Peugeot also says it has a flat floor and seats that can be folded in one action from inside the boot, so the practical aspects have been thought through here.
What’s under the bonnet?
Peugeot’s 1.6 THP petrol and 2.0 HDI diesel units can be expected, but the real news is the new 1.6 BlueHDI diesel unit available from launch.
As Peugeot confirmed to us when we drove the hatchback, it’ll give the car class-leading economy and emissions, with just 85 g/km of CO2. The company hasn’t listed a corresponding economy figure but since CO2 and MPG are related functions, we know it’ll be about 88 mpg combined. It’s also Euro 6 emissions compliant and at 140 kg lighter than before, the 308 SW should be light enough to ensure respectable performance.
How much will it cost?
Pricing is as-yet unknown. The 308 hatchback range begins at 14,495 for the 1.2 VTi Access, but it’s unlikely such a small engine will appear in the SW. That new BlueHDI model starts at 19,095 as a hatchback, and if Peugeot’s previous hatch to SW pricing structure is continued, you can expect to pay little more than a grand extra for the estate version.
Aside from a reminder that the 308 SW will feature Peugeot’s ‘i-cockpit’ interior – with a small wheel, raised dials and minimal switches and buttons – there’s little else to note here. More details should be revealed when the model makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in early March.
Oh, and then there’s the looks. Is it just us, or is this one of the best-looking estate cars in years?
There are plenty of estates on offer in the segment, though the two the 308 SW will be most often compared to are the Ford Focus Estate and Volkswagen Golf Estate. Until pricing is known a complete comparison won’t be possible, but if the hatchback is anything to go by the SW should be more than competitive – it’s a huge step up from the old 308.
And in a line?
Elegant, spacious and economical – the new class-leader?