Peugeot 308 estate promises improved practicality, prices start from £16,845 as order books open

Pricing for the new Peugeot 308 SW estate has been announced, with the Skoda Octavia estate rival starting at £16,845. Order books have already opened for the new model, with the first deliveries expected in June.

Peugeot says it has given the 308 SW the same qualities which allowed its hatchback sibling to win Car of the Year in the run up to the Geneva motor show last month, seeing off competition from the likes of the BMW i3 and the Tesla Model S.

The 308 SW has 610 litres of space on offer, more than matching the storage offered by rivals including the Volkswagen Golf estate and Ford Focus estateThe car's rear seats can be folded flat from inside the boot, increasing total load space to 1660 litres.

The 308 SW grows to 4580mm in length from the 4253mm of the five-door hatchback. The wheelbase of the two models is the same, although the estate’s boot capacity offers 140 litres more than the hatchback. 

Engine options in the 308 SW include a frugal 1.6-litre BlueHDi version with CO2 emissions of 85g/km. Other engine options include a 1.2-litre e-THP petrol with either 110 or 130bhp, emitting as little as 109g/km. All engines are connected to either a five or six-speed manual transmission, or six-speed automatic.

The 308 SW is underpinned by the same EMP2 platform as the hatchback, and Peugeot claims that its new model is 140kg lighter than its predecessor.

Peugeot's four trim levels, dubbed Access, Active, Allure and Feline are available. Entry-level models get LED lighting, a DAB digital radio, USB and Bluetooth connectivity and air conditioning. Active models add dual-zone air conditioning and a 9.7-inch colour touchscreen, while Allure models benefit from new 16-inch alloy wheels and a reversing camera.

Top-end Feline models get 18-inch alloy wheels, sports seats and keyless entry.

Prices for the 308 SW start at £16,845 for a PureTech 1.2-litre model in entry-level Access trim, rising to £18,295 for the same engine in Active specification. A top-spec 2.0-litre BlueHDI model in Feline trim costs £25,145.

Additional reporting by Darren Moss

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6 January 2014
It looks like an XF Sportbrake from the rear.

1 April 2014
Looks good value and I must say, having looked at this at the Geneva Show last month, it's a very impressive car and a vast improvement on the old 308 and 307 SW, the latter of which we owned once upon a time. The fit and finish is absolutely fantastic and pretty much VW-rivalling. Legroom in the back isn't the best, as has been noted, but that boot is huge and very useable with those handy handles which flip the rear seats down. I'd also say it's one of the better looking estate cars, better even than perhaps the Golf, which to my eyes looks too much like a shrunken Passat from the rear. Hopefully this'll do well for Peugeot because it feels like old-school French comfort.

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17 April 2014

The Autocar road test noted the the 308SW has a 110mm longer wheelbase than the sedan, which I would think would translate into greater (and hopefully reasonable) rear seat legroom, however your comment indicates that rear seat legroom is still not up to par.

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