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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
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Peugeot 308 SW (08-14)

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The 308 SW may look like an ordinary family estate, but it has a trick up its sleeve that makes it one of a kind - an extra row of seats in the back. While there are plenty of people carriers and 4x4s able to transport seven passengers there are few manufacturers that offer so many seats in a vehicle of this size, so the 308 SW has obvious... read more

PROS

Available with seven seats, cavernous and versatile boot, economical diesels

CONS

Five-speed gearbox is poor, ungainly rear styling, other estates are better value for money, jittery ride

Vauxhall has produced yet another capable variant of the Astra in the form of the estate. It offers more rear legroom than the hatchback models as well as a usefully large carrying capacity. It might not have the biggest boot in the sector, but it is helped by some innovative features such as the FlexOrganiser, which can keep various items in the... read more

PROS

Wide choice of engines available, strong build quality, good-sized boot

CONS

Drab interior, awkward button layout on dash, other estates are more stylish

The Renault Megane Sport Tourer does a decent job of combining load-lugging capability with stylish looks. It's not something that can be said of similar cars of this size that often tend to lack one or the other. Large cargo bay This estate version is aimed at the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf estates and its load area of 1,567 litres with the... read more

PROS

  • Attractive styling
  • Roomy, practical interior
  • Impressive load space
  • Wide engine choice

CONS

  • Lacks premium image
  • Switchgear is fiddly
  • Unsporty drive

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