Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ideas above Its Station? Peugeot's Latest 308 SW Is Aiming High. ANDY ENRIGHT Assesses Whether the French Have Zeroed Their Sights Correctly

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ideas above Its Station? Peugeot's Latest 308 SW Is Aiming High. ANDY ENRIGHT Assesses Whether the French Have Zeroed Their Sights Correctly

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Byline: ANDY ENRIGHT

THE Peugeot 308 SW is that rarity, a compact estate car that not only looks good but is practical too.

ere's no seven-seat option this time but otherwise, this model comes with a classy interior, a state-of-theart chassis and, thanks to a weightloss programme, some excellent e ciency numbers.

e 308 SW rides on the same chassis as the hatch and is all about renement and a relaxed gait. e suspension carries no great surprises, with a standard front strut and rear torsion beam arrangement.

Peugeot has tted rear trailing arms that allow greater longitudinal arc in the wheel travel. It sounds esoteric but it makes for a smoother ride when the rear wheels hit ridges or bumps. e electrically-assisted power steering is geared towards ease of use rather than detailed feedback but perhaps that's just as well. It makes the 308 SW very comfortable around town in the sort of usage it will mostly see.

e petrol engine line up is based around a PureTech 1.2-litre e-THP three-cylinder engine oering either 110 or 130bhp. Go diesel and you're looking at a 1.6-litre turbodiesel. ere's a base version with 92bhp or an e-HDi model with 115bhp and Stop-Start. Next up are the new generation BLUEHDI diesels, either a 1.6 with 120bhp or a 2.0-litre unit with 150bhp, the latter oering the option of auto transmission.

e top GT variant gets 2.0 BLEHDI diesel power with 180bhp.

Peugeot has quite some track record in this sector. Since the arrival of the 304 in 1969, every generation of the 300 series has included an estate variant and estates tend to mop up around 10 % of what the manufacturers call C-segment cars.

is one might account for a little more than one in 10 Peugeot 308 sales. ere's usually a lot of nonsense spoken by car stylists but the buzzwords around the 308 SW really do ring true. …

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