New Peugeot 308 SW estate on sale now for £25,200
Bold new Peugeot 308 SW is more practical and offers plug-in hybrid power
- 608-litre boot
- Plug-in hybrid promises up to 37 miles of range
- On sale now from £25,200
The all-new Peugeot 308 SW estate has a starting price of £25,200 and is available in five trim levels, with a choice of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrains. The estate version follows the new 308 hatchback that went on sale earlier this year but offers more space inside and a bigger boot.
2021 Peugeot 308 SW: trim levels, specifications and pricing
Like the new 308 hatchback, the 308 SW will be available in five trim levels from launch but the entry-level Active Premium model will only be available with a choice of petrol or diesel power. Allure variants upwards can be had with plug-in hybrid powertrains.
The Active Premium model sits on 16-inch alloy wheels as standard and features a grained black ‘diffuser effect’ rear trim with a matching rear cluster strip between the tail lights. It’s also equipped with automatic LED lights and an automatic windscreen wiper, along with full LED lights at the rear featuring the carmaker’s ‘three-claw’ signature.
Inside, there’s Peugeot’s i-Cockpit cabin, featuring a 10-inch digital infotainment touchscreen with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Other standard features include a multifunction steering wheel, rear parking sensors, a frameless rear-view mirror, and driver and front passenger comfort seats.
All versions of the 308 SW come with safety and driver assistance features such as programmable cruise control and speed limiter, Lane Keeping Assist, traffic sign recognition, Active Safety Brake and Intelligent Speed Adaptation as standard.
The Allure model starts at £27,050 and add 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels and an upgraded front grille with horizontal chrome stamping. Inside, the seats are trimmed in leather effect cloth material with contrasting mint stitching and there’s ambient lighting in the door panels. The Allure comes with Peugeot’s Connected 3D sat-nav with live traffic updates, a new i-Connect voice-operated assistant and customisable i-Toggles. Front and rear parking sensors are also standard, along with a 180-degree reversing camera and Active Safety Brake technology.
The Allure Premium model, priced from £27,950, has safety assistance features such as Peugeot’s Drive Assist Pack, with rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function and long range Active Blind Spot detection. Customers will also benefit from wireless smartphone charging and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
The GT model is priced from £29,850 and introduces 18-inch diamond-cut, two-tone alloy wheels. The brand’s new lion emblem is also featured on the side wings, while the radiator grille features a dark chrome chequered design. Bi-tone roof rails are also added, which are useful for carrying roof boxes and bicycles. All GT models feature full matrix LED headlights and Peugeot’s 3D ‘claw effect’ tail lights.
Inside, the GT features the brand’s new Clean Cabin Technology, which Peugeot says helps to reduce the amount of pollutants entering the cabin from the outside. Also standard is the 3D i-Cockpit with a configurable 3D head-up instrument display panel, along with a heated steering wheel.
Standard equipment on the GT includes a Driver Sport Pack, featuring personalised colour schemes for the digital display. You can also adjust the steering wheel and accelerator responses to feel shaper and more sporty. The compact steering wheel is trimmed in full grain leather with green stitching, while the Alcantara cloth seats feature a leather effect. Buyers can also spec the GT with an optional Focal sound system.
The range-topping GT Premium is priced from £31,450, reaching £40,000 for the PHEV model, and adds 18-inch two-tone black alloy wheels and an AGR-certified (for Aktion Gesunder Rücken) driver’s seat with massage function. Both the front driver and passenger seats are heated and are equipped with four-way electric lumbar adjustment.
The GT Premium model comes with Drive Assist Pack Plus, which comprises semi-autonomous lane positioning assist technology, a 360-degree colour HD rear camera and semi-automatic parking assistance. There’s also a powered tailgate that you can open by waving your foot under the rear bumper.
Engines and PHEV powertrains
From launch, customers will have a choice of petrol and diesel engines, along with two PHEV powertrains on Allure models onwards. The 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel, both producing 128bhp, send power to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
The two PHEVs, meanwhile, combine an electric motor and 12.4kWh battery with a 1.6-litre petrol engine. The180 version produces 178bhp while the more powerful 225 produces 222bhp but both are capable of travelling up to 39 miles in pure electric mode, while emitting just 25g/km of CO2. This means all 308 SW PHEV models boast a Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rating of just 11%, making them an attractive option for company-car drivers.
Both powertrains come as standard with a 3.7kW on-board charger, with buyers able to add a faster 7.4kW as an option. Topping up the battery will take around two hours when using a 7.4kW home wallbox charger, while using the standard 3.7kW cable will take nearly four.
Interior and design
The new Peugeot 308 SW carries over the styling of the hatchback with the same striking front end. The same intricate front grille and bumper design are featured, with thin LED headlights and the brand’s ‘tiger claw’ daytime running light design.
From the B-pillar onwards is where the 308 SW’s roof line extends into a rear spoiler, giving it a more angular profile than the old car. At the rear, revised LED lights are fitted, joined by a protruding line across the tailgate. Other changes from the hatchback include the positioning of the rear number plate, which has been moved from the bumper to the tailgate.
The 308 SW shares the new interior and dashboard design found in the hatchback. All models feature a new multifunction steering wheel and a pair of 10-inch screens. These consist of a digital dial cluster and a touchscreen infotainment screen running Peugeot’s new i-Connect Advanced software. On Allure models and above, a panel of touch-sensitive ‘i-Toggle’ switches sit beneath, which can be customised to access the car’s main functions such as the air conditioning and audio.
Dimensions and practicality
The 308 SW is longer than the hatchback, with a 57mm longer wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) and a 212mm longer rear overhang because of the bigger boot. Peugeot claims the increased dimensions mean the 308 SW offers more space for rear passengers and 608 litres of boot space in regular petrol and diesel models, which can be expanded to 1,634 litres with the rear seats folded flat. A 40:20:20 folding rear bench is standard fit and is operated by two switches located in the boot. This is upgraded to a 40/20/40-split on Allure models onwards.
Peugeot has yet to confirm the boot dimensions for the plug-in hybrid models, although this is likely to be reduced due to the battery.