2022 Peugeot 308 SW debuts to add a touch of class to compact station wagons
Since not all of us have infected the SUV virus, many European brands still believe that the old station wagon has potential with customers. Peugeot is one of them and today is introducing its slink 308 SW, which will take on the Volkswagen Group’s Trifecta: SEAT Leon Sportstourer, Skoda Octavia Combi and VW Golf Variant.
The 308 SW is probably one of the most beautiful compact cars on the old continent, as it largely takes over the attractive design of the hatchback and at the same time brings a longer roof into the mix for more practicality. We could honestly do without the wrong exhaust tips, but that’s a trend these days and we’ll have to tolerate them for a while longer.
As a wagon, it’s all about loading capacity. It jumps from the hatchback’s 412 liters (14.5 cubic feet) to 608 liters (21.5 cubic feet), which, while not at the top of the segment, the 308 SW still offers more than you will likely ever need. If that is not enough, folding down the standard 40:20:40 split rear seat increases the volume to 1,634 liters and enables an object with a length of more than 1.85 meters to be loaded.
Compared to its predecessor, the 308 SW, the next generation model is now six centimeters longer and lowered by 20 millimeters. The width of the front and rear axles has been retained, while the windshield has a more curved layout to give the car a sleeker look.
Compared to the regular hatchback, the SW has a rear overhang that is 21 cm longer to create a large loading area. Open the hands-free tailgate and you will find practical features such as a 12 V socket, two storage nets, bag hooks and LED lighting.
Aside from the chunkier Derrière, it’s essentially the same hatchback we spotted a few months ago. It has matrix LED headlights in the high-end version as well as full LED taillights, 16- to 18-inch wheels and two 10-inch screens inside. The avant-garde cabin has been carried over and will allow the 308 SW to stand out from more conservatively designed competitors, including the Renault Megane Estate.
Similar to the five-door model, its more practical brother drives on the EMP2 platform and offers the choice between two plug-in hybrid powertrains. Both PHEVs share an 81 kilowatt electric motor, a 12.4 kWh battery and an eight-speed automatic transmission, while a gasoline engine has either 150 hp or 180 hp. This corresponds to a combined output of 180 or 225 hp. The battery should have enough juice for around 60 kilometers per WLTP.
A conventional 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine with turbocharging is offered with 110 and 130 hp, combined with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic in the case of the more powerful configuration. Anyone who drives a lot of motorway kilometers will probably opt for the 1.5-liter diesel with 130 hp and the same gearbox selection. Peugeot has already confirmed an all-electric 308 hatchback, but it’s too early to say if the car will also get the zero-emission treatment.
While the hatchback is gradually making its way into other euro markets during our conversation, the car won’t arrive until early 2022. Similar to the tailgate, it is assembled at the Stellantis plant in Mulhouse. In the near future, Opel will introduce its mechanically related next-generation Astra in both body styles.