Peugeot reveals all-new 308 SW

Peugeot 308 SWThe Peugeot 308 we recently had on test impressed us here at MR – so it’s good news that the French manufacturer has revealed a smart-looking new SW estate version.

Surely one of the best looking estate cars on the market, the new 308 SW is to make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

It’s not style over substance, either. The boot capacity of the Peugeot 308 SW with the seats up comes in at 660-litres – matching that of the impressively spacious Honda Civic (and beating the enormous Skoda Octavia). 70 of those litres are under the floor, however – but, with the seats down, boot space rises to a whopping 1,660-litres.

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Folding the rear seats down is an easy process, Honda tells us, as the ‘Magic Flat’ rear seats fold down completely using levers on the side of the boot.

The boot opening is pretty decent too, at 1,060mm wide, and the lip is low making loading bulky items easy. There’s little wheel arch intrusion and there are movable dividers that can hold items in place.

As with the hatchback version of the 308, the SW is 140kg lighter than its predecessor. Engines include a choice of 110hp and 130hp three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines, with CO2 emissions starting at 109g/km.

There’s also a range of diesel engines, starting with an efficient 100hp 1.6-litre BlueHDi model that emits 85g/km and returns 88.3mpg. Likely to appeal to company car drivers due to its BIK tax rate of just 10%, this will rival the likes of the 88g/km Ford Focus Econetic and the Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion.

Prices are yet to be confirmed, but we expect they’ll start at around £17,000. We’ll bring you more on the Peugeot 308 SW when we first see it in the metal at Geneva, before it goes on sale in the UK on June 19th.

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