The Peugeot 308 SW BlueHDi 180 GT is stylish, spacious and comfortable, says our motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay.
The Peugeot’s factory fitted equipment is first-class, too. Kit comprises satellite navigation, dual-zone air-conditioning, a driver assistance pack and DAB radio. And you get sporty GT styling touches all around the car.
The French-manufactured estate competes with the likes of Ford’s Focus estate ST and VW’s Golf estate. There is just one power unit offered, a two-litre 180PS diesel, joined to a six-speed automatic transmission, which flicks between the cogs impeccably. It is also a pragmatic machine, offering up 660 litres of boot space. This expands to 1,775 litres with the rear seats folded down. That’s even more room than the Golf estate and Focus estate.
On The Road
On the road, the Peugeot 308 SW BlueHDi 180 GT is happy as a clam at high tide, bowling along at motorway speeds for hours on end. It is just as capable on winding countryside roads, due to its strong suspension and its ‘driver sport pack’, which is fitted as standard. Included in this package is a brawnier engine tone, along with a display to show turbocharger boost, clout and acceleration. The steering gets a little weightier too, while throttle and gear change reactions hot up even more.
The Peugeot 308 SW BlueHDi 180 GT’s zero to 62mph dash is realised in 8.6 seconds, thanks to the engine’s 180PS and 296lb-ft of torque. The estate car feels quick – not hot-hatch fast – but the Peugeot has enough strength to make certain you’re able to join the rapidly rolling stream of motorway traffic from slip roads effortlessly. What’s more, there is plentiful grip and the 308 SW BlueHDi 180 GT corners extremely competently, with insignificant body roll. There is a large amount of feedback offered through the steering wheel, too.
The Peugeot is also cost-effective, delivering a combined fuel economy figure of over 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 107g/km. This makes it an economical car and, taking into consideration its comfort levels, it’s a delightful estate to drive – or simply enjoy being a passenger in. Visit Perrys to test a Peugeot 308 SW BlueHDi 180 GT out for yourself!
Pros ‘n’ Cons
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- Max speed: 135 mph
- 0-62 mph: 8.6 secs
- Combined mpg: 68.9
- Engine layout: 1997cc 4-cylinder, turbo diesel
- Max. power (PS): 180
- CO2: 107 g/km
- Price: £27,815