308 SW GT Line 1.2 PureTech 130
has always been decidedly
good at producing estate cars
confirming that is their five-door,
family-friendly 308 SW wagon which
now, thanks to the newly-introduced
GT Line spec, comes with an extra
level of premium appeal...
AT FIRST GLANCE, GT LINE models can easily be mistaken for the more potent
180hp 2.0-litre GT versions but if kerb appeal allied to a versatile character
and 50+mpg are what hold the key to your heart then the three-pot, petrol-powered
308 estate could be just the thing to turn your head.
Rolling on identical 18-inch 'Diamant' fluted 5-bar alloy wheels, the smartly-tailored
cut of its jib is not the 308 SW's only ace it holds a full hand
of them: in addition to svelte looks it has a PureTech engine for real-world
economy; a premium cabin ambiance serving up comfort for the entire family;
and seriously impressive load space.
not at the nose but at for what for most SW buyers will be equally important
the tail. A good start: the lightweight tailgate is an easy lift.
Converting the large, regular-shaped 660-litre boot into a full-blown, van-matching
1,660-litre cargo hold takes but seconds: pull the release levers in the boot
and the 1/3:2/3-split seatbacks spring forward while at the same time the seat
bases also drop lower to create a perfectly flat loadbay floor.
Converting the large
660-litre boot into a full-
1,660-litre cargo hold
takes but seconds:
pull the release levers in
the boot and the
seatbacks spring forward
to fold perfectly flat...
Handy side pockets with lift out sides panels add even more versatility; as
too does the useful load-through hatch behind the centre armrest. If you need
to load to the roof then the luggage cover cassette can be quickly stowed away
in a customised space beneath the boot carpet.
Glance down while you're standing at the boot and you'll spot a black lacquered
rear diffuser flanked by twin chromed tailpipes pipes more GT
Line trim features. Back in the boot there's a space saver along with some extra
oddment storage space and a proper stay for when you need access to the spare
or to store some out of sight items.
Back to the sharp-end and what's behind the iconic Lion emblem and slim LED
headlights. The 308 range offers powerplants to suit many users, starting with
a pair of three-cylinder turbocharged 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engines (110
and 130hp) to 1.6 and 2.0-litre HDi and BlueHDi turbodiesels of between 92 and
180hp. Just so you know, Peugeot's 'Blue' engines reduce nitrogen oxides by
90% while eliminating 99.9% of diesel-fuel particulates and offer CO2 as low
as 82g/km to deliver the cleanest diesel units possible.
The 1,199cc three-pot PureTech engine we tested packs a lively 128bhp (130hp)
backed by 170lb ft of torque at 1,750rpm. PureTech is a new three-cylinder Peugeot
engine family designed to be ultra-efficient while delivering the power, torque
and driveability of 1.6-litre engine from fuel-efficient, low-CO2-emitting smaller
capacity 1.0 or 1.2-litre units.
Note that 'driveability' word in the previous paragraph it's not
just marketing-speak because the 130hp model's on-the-job performance is satisfyingly
committed with the benchmark 0-62mph taking 12.6 seconds and a top speed that's
well above the 'ton' at 124mph. Extend it and you'll even hear a growl…
Paper figures aside, it's a pleasant engine to pull you along (the 308 is, of
course, front-wheel drive) whether it's partnering you in traffic or whisking
you along a fast-flowing motorway. Pick-up is strong at the legal limit in sixth
gear and the three-cylinder really does feel more like a 2.0-litre
plus it's gutsy enough to tow a braked 1,200kg.
fact, travelling at speed, the 308 is defined most by its polished demeanour,
a demeanour that keeps all those aboard unruffled while its smooth-riding chassis
makes light work or covering large distances.
The 130hp models
is satisfyingly committed
with the benchmark
0-62mph taking 12.6
seconds and a top speed
thats well above
the ton at 124mph.
Extend it and theres
even a growl...
Real-world fuel economy is also a given after 700+ test miles
our overall test average worked out at 49.3mpg against the official 56.5mpg
(45.6 town; 65.6mpg touring). At MotorBar we drive the same way as other real-world
drivers because we want our test consumption figures to be achievable by the
Which is why we're confident that the everyday 308 SW owner using this same
three-cylinder 130hp model will be sure to see figures on the good side of 50mpg
while still enjoying their driving. And that's no bad thing! More good news:
you pay no road tax in the first year and subsequent years you'll only have
to cough up £30.
Swing open a front door and you'll be welcomed by the inviting cabin that's
smartly trimmed and mixes tasteful materials with quality fit and finish and
exudes a definite premium air. Doors shut first time, every time, with a quality
The driver sits behind a cowled instrument binnacle with classy tear-shaped
bezels housing crystal clear dials that's viewed over rather than
the traditional through-the-rim a low-set, small diameter, flat-bottomed
sports steering wheel with a great-to-grip perforated leather rim; part of an
arrangement that Peugeot calls its i-Cockpit.
Yes it's a different approach but it works perfectly; the driving position is
fine, and the low wheel aids shoulder comfort it really helped
my frozen shoulder immensely on long journeys. It also sharpens up the driver:machine
relationship as even modest inputs at the helm produce a noticeably quicker
directional change making the 308 feel remarkably wieldy.
To go with the sports wheel are sports seats with suede centre panels; their
bolstering errs on the side of comfort (which is good!) and they proved to be
extremely comfortable even when we were trapped for over four hours in stop-start
traffic on the M25.
Also part of the I-Cockpit 'treatment' is the refreshingly de-cluttered fascia
the solitary knob is the on/off volume switch for the infotainment
system. Most functions are now controlled directly through the 9.7-inch tablet-style
touchscreen in the centre of the dash; even the dual-zone automatic AirCon is
operated by quick finger-taps on the screen.
its 4.5-metre body length there's loads of passenger space inside in all directions
both front and rear passengers enjoy a good fist of headroom;
the front passenger can also really stretch out his or her legs; and there's
enough room between the front seats for full use to be made of the sliding,
height-adjustable centre armrest.
To go with the flat-
bottomed sports wheel
are sports seats
their bolstering errs on
the side of comfort
and they proved to be
even when we were
trapped for over four
hours in stop-start traffic
on the M25...
Both front seats also come with not just power lumbar adjustment but also a
massage function. Perfect on a long trip.
Thoughtful touches include the electric parking brake that automatically applies
itself when you switch off the ignition; plenty of in-cabin storage; and a very
well sited left-foot rest for long trips 'in the cruise'. And although it's
outside, we liked, in this larcenous age, having a proper locking petrol cap
(no extra key worries as it uses the ignition key).
Pay the extra £500 for the panoramic full-length glass roof and you most certainly
won't be disappointed: it floods the already airy cabin with light (a one-shot
powered interior sunblind lets you regulate just how much sun is makes it through)
and adds a whole new dimension to road travel. Rear seat passenger in particular
seem to love basking in the back (the glass panel stretches past their headrests).
Four one-shot up/down make it easy to let in real air and some summer breeze
while tinted glass and privacy glass from the B-pillars back keep you out of
the paparazzi line of fire.
While ticking the option boxes, another desirable well-priced 'extra' is Peugeot's
Driver Assistance Pack that gets you dynamic cruise control plus Peugeot's Emergency
Collision Alert and Braking system all for just £450.
Sitting immediately below the GT models, GT Line models are very well specced:
half-Alcantara trim sports seats with discreet red stitching, powered lumbar
adjustment and massage front seats, GT-style leather rimmed wheel with red stitching
plus GT-style carpet mats, aluminium style pedals and door sills.
Also standard are front and rear parking aids supplemented with a reversing
camera, 2-zone auto AirCon, all electric windows, power door mirrors with powerfold
(on demand and on locking), automatic electric parking brake, 9.7-inch touchscreen
for the infotainment system that includes SatNav (with traffic sign recognition),
Bluetooth, auto-dim driver's mirror, auto lights and wipes, LED rear lights
as well as LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, tinted and privacy
glass, roof rails, and standout 18-inch alloy wheels.
you went for the panoramic glass roof then your back seat passengers will feel
like a million dollars. Also earning their approbation will be the spacious
rear cabin with its decent foot and knee room and the fine lower back comfort
provided by the rear backrests. And although it will deprive them of the wide
centre armrest with built-in cupholders, even the carrying of a third adult
between them won't damp their satisfaction too much.
Dynamically the 308
estate is as good as its
offering a pleasing blend
of complaint ride and
handling out on the
open road and with the
family at home the driver
can indulge in some
Dynamically the 308 estate is as good as its hatchback sibling, offering a pleasing
blend of complaint ride and tidy, self-assured handling out on
the open road and with the family at home the driver can indulge in some enthusiastic
driving helped by the same good visibility that de-stresses driving in city
traffic and which works equally in your favour on quick secondary country roads
where it's easily placed with confidence.
While the fascination with big wheels shows no sign of fading away, UK drivers
are noticeably becoming equally keen on ride comfort perhaps we
have the third-world road surfaces to thank for that! Whatever, the 308 SW GT
Line manages the trick of delivering enjoyable handling as well as a very civilised
ride comfort. Not only does it do so very well, but it's a quiet ride with no
external sound intrusion even from the wind and road surface. On the move it's
nicely refined, hushed even a car both passengers and drivers
With it's smart Audi-esque presence and posture, tasteful interior and well-judged
ride and handling combination, the family-friendly 308 SW makes an impressive
showing in the stylish estate stakes.
308 SW GT Line 1.2 PureTech 130 | £22,345
Maximum speed: 124mph | 0-62mph: 12.6 seconds | Test Average: 49.3mpg
Power: 128bhp | Torque: 170lb ft | CO2 115g/km