Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Like the 308 hatchback, Peugeot 308 SW safety has been awarded five stars by Euro NCAP.

Driver, passenger and side airbags are standard as is electronic stability control to help prevent the car getting out of shape if you enter a corner too quickly.

The optional Driver Assistance Pack includes Dynamic Cruise Control, which automatically regulates the car’s speed to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front, and Emergency Collision Alert which sounds an alarm and displays a warning if it senses a potential collision. The third system included in the package is Emergency Collision Braking, which can bring the car to an emergency stop automatically if the driver does not react to either avoid or reduce an impact.

Arguably the touch screen can be a slight distraction on the move as you’re switching between menus and functions, but it becomes easier as you get used to it.

This is really what the car is all about, and it ticks plenty of boxes. First of all, boot volume is very good indeed. In fact, it’s larger than the already huge Peugeot 508 SW estate.

With the rear seats up there is 660 litres of space to the parcel shelf, or 810 litres to the roof. Fold the rear seats down and there’s 1,515 litres to the window line or 1,775 to the roof.

The rear seats go completely flat, thanks to a design which moves the seat base forwards and downwards when the backrest is released. You can trigger the seats to fold via quick-release levers in the boot or release controls on the seats themselves.

Helpfully, a load-through hatch in the centre of the rear seat backs is standard across the range and there’s space to stow the parcel shelf diagonally below the boot floor over the spare wheel well.

There’s less underfloor space than many of the 308 SW’s rivals, however, and the floor itself could be more flexible. The parcel shelf itself is a retractable tonneau cover, like many other cars of this type, and it’s sometimes reluctant to retract smoothly. It’s usefully small when it is retracted, though.

Rails either side of the boot floor with sliding and removable tie-down hooks are another useful feature and the plastic pockets at the sides of the boots can be removed to make it easier to load wide objects. There are also hooks inside the cabin to fit an optional full length dog net.

Compared with the hatchback, Peugeot 308 SW practicality has been enhanced by a 9cm longer wheelbase for improved rear passenger knee room and a 22cm longer rear overhang to create the big boot.

As a result the rear doors open wider and the seats are positioned 29mm further back than the hatchback so it’s easier to access child seats and so on. Roof rails are standard on all models.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Peugeot 308 SW.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Access equipment

Access standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Roof rails
  • Steel wheels
Access optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Height adjustable drivers seat

Active equipment

Active standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Active optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Roof rails

Allure equipment

Allure standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Allure optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Partial leather seat trim

Feline equipment

Feline standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Feline optional equipment
None available

GT equipment

GT standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
GT optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat

GT Line equipment

GT Line standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
GT Line optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Partial leather seat trim

Tech Edition equipment

Tech Edition standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Tech Edition optional equipment
None available