The Peugeot 308 SW is the brand’s long running compact car line that’s very popular in its native country of France. All throughout Europe, the 308 is being used as a family car, company car, fleet vehicle, Uber, and many more uses. The 308 is popular because of how practical it is and with the diesel variant being offered, Peugeot shows off their prowess in making diesel mills with the new Peugeot 308 SW 1.6 Diesel.
Breaking the Monotony With the Peugeot 308 SW
The revised design language on the Peugeot 308 SW has done away with the gaping mouth front end of previous models this makes the 308 SW look handsome. Looking at it head-on, the look is on a more restrained—yet still French—design. From the sides, it looks like your typical wagon body style, while handsome front and rear lighting elements help accentuate the Euro-centric design; not a surprise, considering the model won European Car of the Year in 2014. Under the hood is Peugeot’s excellent 1.6-Liter diesel, despite it not being turbocharged, and only produces 120hp; it has 300Nm of torque making it zip quickly through traffic like it’s not being run by 120 horses.
Getting inside the cabin of the 308 SW, you will be embraced by luxurious Alcantara seats, and the driving position is excellent. The seats can be adjusted very low to the ground with our legs at a good angle, providing a bum-catcher that’s both comfortable and sporty. Looking straight ahead, the high-mounted gauge cluster is easy to read and provides information in a clear and legible fashion. Rear cargo space is cavernous can hold most luggage with lots of room to spare. Rear seat space is a little shy on the legroom and Peugeot could have sacrificed a little cargo space for extra legroom at the back.
The ride is where the Peugeot 308 SW really distinguishes itself. I can’t think of any other word to describe it really; it’s just so, European. It feels planted in the corners, like it was trained on the Nurburgring, and it feels stable on the highway, as if the 308 stretched its legs on the Autobahn. Nothing at this price comes close in terms of refinement and ride quality. Taking turns particularly hard, the extra weight of the station wagon body style never made itself felt, and the lack of any discernible understeer makes you think twice if the car really is a FWD or not.
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