Peugeot 308 SW estate - Reliability & safety

Signs of improvement in reliability, with the hatchback ranking well in surveys

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The Peugeot 308 put in a much more impressive showing in our 2017 Driver Power survey than it's managed in previous years, inspiring positive feedback in a number of important areas. You can be confident that you and your family will be safe in the 308 SW, too – a long list of safety kit is thrown in, although some useful features are only available to those willing to pay more.

Peugeot 308 SW reliability

Peugeot hasn't always had a sparkling reputation for reliability, but the 308 seems to have turned a corner in recent years. While Peugeot as a brand came in 12th place out of the 30 brands featured in our 2019 Driver Power survey, the 308 came exactly 50th in the ranking for the top 100 cars. That's not bad for a car that's now been on sale for six years. However, the Peugeot 3008 with which the 308 shares many components, was ranked as number one out of the top 75 cars in the survey in 2018.

It'll come as good news to all that low running costs topped the list of the 308's positive attributes, closely followed by its impressive engines, attractive looks and smooth ride and handling. Interior comfort, practicality and space were also well received, while a long list of standard safety features drew positive comments.

Owners also reported above average reliability and build quality, with only 11.8% of owners reporting having experienced one or more faults within the first year of ownership.


The Peugeot 308 hatchback was awarded five stars for safety by Euro NCAP thanks to the impressive safety kit it gets as standard. Driver, passenger, chest and curtain airbags are all included – as is electronic stability control.

Peugeot’s Connect SOS and Assistance system is available as an option (standard on Tech Edition GT Line and GT models). This can contact the emergency services in the event of an accident and lets you ask technical questions about the car if you have a problem.

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