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Peugeot 308 hatchback - Practicality & boot space

The 308 hatch isn’t the most practical car of its type but there’s always the estate version

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The new Peugeot 308 is larger than the previous model but it’s not up to the standards of the best models in this class, which is a shame. The 308 is far from cramped but in a family hatch we expect a little more space inside and the boot has shrunk as well - though it’s still a good size.

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It’s worth remembering that the SW estate version exists. This model has more boot space and feels more spacious inside, though it has its own rivals (the Ford Focus Estate and Volkswagen Golf Estate) that outshine it for practicality too. This bodystyle is also available as the electric E-308 SW, making it one of the very few electric estates on the market.

Peugeot 308 interior space & storage

There’s enough space in the back seats for most people but the 308 isn’t as spacious as a Ford Focus; there’s more legroom and headroom in the Ford and the 308’s rear seat backrest is rather upright. The Skoda Octavia is the model to choose if you want back-seat space, as it outclasses the 308 in this department thanks to significantly more space inside.

Boot space

An advantage of the mediocre rear space appears to be boot volume, because there’s up to 412 litres of space available in the boot with the seats up, which is less than the previous 308 – yet it’s still a bit more than the 380 litres available in the Volkswagen Golf and Citroen C4. Fold down the seats and there’s 1,323 litres available in total, which is less than the 1,555 litres available in a Skoda Octavia.

Those figures are reduced In the plug-in hybrid models because the batteries take up space. This means there’s only 361 litres with the seats up and 1,271 litres with them folded in the PHEV models. This is still competitive, though, roughly matching the Toyota Corolla and giving the Peugeot 100 litres more than the SEAT Leon e-Hybrid.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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