Peugeot 308 SW - Best estate cars
When it comes to compact estates, the 308 SW is ahead of the pack with its classy cabin and efficient engines
The current 308 SW presents a much better buy than the model it replaces, not least because of the new, elegant styling. Add to this the super economical diesel engines and big boot, and the 308 SW is an attractive proposition for a lot of motorists.
That being said, motorists looking for a practical estate which is also a riot to drive may want to look elsewhere as the ride is over-soft and the handling is not as engaging as others – but then again, the primary purpose of an estate is not to be a track day hero.
Based on the 308 hatchback, the SW gets treated to a longer rear end and extended wheelbase, helping create one of the most spacious cabins in the class. The pick of the petrol engines is the new 1.2-litre e-THP 130, a three-cylinder unit which produces an impressive 128bhp and goes a long way to promoting downsizing technology.
One final note, drivers hoping the 308 SW is available as seven-seater, like the last car, will be disappointed as it solely available with five seats this time round.
Best estate cars to buy in 2019
- 1IntroductionA good estate car delivers practicality, space and low running costs - here are the 10 best estates on sale in the UK today
- 21. Skoda Octavia EstateThe Octavia is based on a Golf platform, but it's far larger and more versatile than its sibling, especially in Estate guise
- 32. BMW 5 Series TouringThe 5 Series Touring adds versatility to the latest model's hi-tech construction and kit
- 43. Volvo V60The Volvo V60 has been reborn into a hugely stylish and desirable car, yet still offers brilliant practicality
- 54. Skoda Superb EstateThe Superb Estate is even more versatile than the hatchback on which it's based
- 65. Vauxhall Insignia Sports TourerThe latest Insignia moves upmarket, and an increase in size boosts the estate's practicality
- 76. Volvo V90The V90 returns the Swedish maker to the front of the upmarket estate car pack
- 87. Mercedes E-Class EstateThe E-Class Estate leads the way for boot space in the executive class
- 98. Peugeot 308 SW - currently readingWhen it comes to compact estates, the 308 SW is ahead of the pack with its classy cabin and efficient engines
- 109. Volkswagen Passat EstateUpmarket design and plenty of hi-tech kit mark out this perennial family estate
- 1110. BMW 3 Series TouringLike the larger 5 Series, the 3 Series Touring mixes practicality, sharp handling and efficiency to devastating effect