PEUGEOT 308 SW
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Peugeot charged ahead, and three months after it launched the third generation of the 308 hatchback in March 2021, it introduced the SW version as well.
First of all, Peugeot said that the SW letters were from Sports Wagon, not from the station wagon. Just by looking at the car’s shape, it might be easier to understand why. The French carmaker traded trunk space for looks and created a design that could bring more friends than foes.
The design team took its inspiration from the 3008 crossover SUV with a front fascia that featured LED “fangs.” Its prominent mesh grille looked more aggressive than any of its predecessors, while the LED headlights peeked under the hood line. The SW’s profile revealed a cab-rearward design with raked-forward C-pillars and rear windscreen. Its third side window was sloped-down and created the image of a shooting-brake, despite the four doors.
The interior looked like its designers didn’t communicate with those who shaped the car’s exterior. While the 308 featured long, curved lines on the outside, the minimalist dashboard exposed straight lines, hard edges, and F-117 Stealth style surfaces. The steering wheel was unusually low-mounted compared to the instrument cluster. Its instrument cluster featured a TFT display for the instrument panel and a secondary touch-screen for the infotainment screen. Thanks to the increased wheelbase, the 308 SW provided more rear legroom than the hatchback version. Its 40/20/40 split-bench expanded the trunk space from 608 liters (21.5 cu-ft) to 1,634 liters (58 cu-ft).
Under the hood, the carmaker promised a choice of gasoline, turbo-diesel, and hybrid systems that could offer up to 225 hp sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.
The Peugeot 308 SW GT was the top model of the French carmaker compact-segment station wagon and provided more options than its lesser-equipped siblings.
It was difficult for Peugeot’s design department to upgrade the 2013 model since its customers highly appreciated it. But the carmaker had to improve the car and keep its customers happy. For them, it made a facelifted version in 2017.
From the outside, the most noticeable change was on the full-LED headlights, which were standard on the GT trim level. At the front, a wide grille was installed. Its design was continued on the front bumper. On the sides, the bumper featured two large air scoops. The slightly sloped roof over the trunk area and the low loading height were typical for the 308 SW GT and the SW range.
Inside, the 308 SW GT featured a better infotainment system with a touch-screen on top of the center console, integrated into the dashboard. Peugeot developed the navigation system together with TomTom, and it featured live traffic information. Its infotainment unit featured a screen-mirroring function for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Apart from its SW sibling, the GT also featured a head-up display. A set of sportier seats provided better side support for the front occupants, while in the back, a 60/40 split-bench expanded the trunk when folded from 556 liters (19.6 cu-ft) up to 1606 liters (56.7 cu-ft).
Under the hood, the carmaker installed the most potent powerplant version it had in the parts-bin that could fit inside the engine compartment: a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline unit. It paired it with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Peugeot refreshed the 308 lineup in 2017 and, along with it, it improved the station-wagon version, named 308 SW
When you have a car designed well as a carmaker, and the customers like it, it is hard to make it better.
Peugeot had to do that with the 308 lineup after four years on the market and included the new, Euro6 engines on it as well.
From the outside, the most noticeable change was on the headlights, which received the LED daytime running lights that looked like claws, inspired by the brand’s logo, the lion. At the front, a wide grille was installed. Its design was continued on the front bumper. On the sides, the bumper featured two large air scoops. The slightly sloped roof over the trunk area and the low loading height were typical for the 308 SW.
Inside, the 308 featured a better infotainment system with a touch-screen on top of the center console, integrated into the dashboard. The navigation system was developed together with TomTom, and it featured live traffic information. The infotainment unit featured a screen-mirroring function for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 5-door version offered enough room for five adult passengers. The EMP2 platform allowed more rear legroom for the passengers. The station-wagon featured a 556 liters (19.6 cu-ft) trunk, which could have been extended to up to 1606 liters (56.7 cu-ft).
Peugeot offered the 308 SW with a choice of diesel and gasoline engines. A newly developed 8-speed automatic gearbox was available for specific versions.
Peugeot places an important focus on the 308 SW thanks to the practicality aura of the model.
Thus, the new generation, which replaces the 307 SW, brings changes aimed at boosting this side of the vehicle. Like the 308 hatch, the Sport Wagon rides on the EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform) platform, with the main benefit being a 140 kg weight reduction. For instance, the cabin offers multiple assets aimed at serving such needs. From the class-leading 610-liter luggage compartment, to the simple seat-folding action, the interior of the 308 SW has many things to offer. The Peugeot 308 SW world premiere is set for the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
The 308 SW GT from the Peugeot 308 was introduced along with its sibling, the 308 SW.
But it looked sportier. It was a station-wagon built for both the driver and the family.
Some of the fathers remembered the days before they were married with kids and used to roam the streets with sporty cars. After the wife and kids appeared, they calmed down and traded the hot-hatches or other coupes for station-wagons or, even worse, for minivans. But the SW GT was introduced to bring back their desire for fast driving and hard cornering while keeping the practicality of a regular family vehicle.
The 308 SW was longer than its hatchback sibling, the regular 308. It featured an 11 cm (4.3”) longer wheelbase. Its front fascia featured a chromed rim around the grille and a slightly redesigned front apron. The ascending beltline and the last row of windows made the car looked sportier, especially with the sculptured doors. In the GT version, at the back, two exhausts were showing, but one of them was fake.
Inside, there was more room than in the regular hatchback, especially in the back. The dashboard was curved and clean, interrupted only by the infotainment screen which followed the floating-design concept. The bucket seats in the front and the rear bench were upholstered in leather with contrast stitching. By folding the seatback of the rear seat, the 308 SW GT offered more trunk-space than a BMW 5-Series Touring from the same era, despite being shorter than the premium German station-wagon.
For the engine compartment, Peugeot installed a 205 hp gasoline unit or a 180 hp turbodiesel. While the former was mated to a 6-speed manual, the latter was fitted with a 6-speed automatic.
Peugeot wasn’t a great MPV maker, but it helped build small hatchbacks and station-wagons like the 2008 308 SW.
With a crashed MPV segment, the compact station-wagons were rising, and Peugeot was there to offer a new model just before the world collapsed due to the financial crisis. Its idea was to offer a leisure vehicle fit for five adults and a decent-sized trunk. It managed to do that based on the PF2 platform.
Like its regular hatchback, the SW version featured a V-shaped power-dome on the hood connecting the front slat to the A-pillars. The semi-tall profile with a higher greenhouse. The car’s back was unusually designed, with a bump on the metallic part of the tailgate allowing the carmaker to increase the trunk area and the loading length without spoiling the car’s shape. Its raked D-pillar was unique on the market.
Inside, the carmaker was able to install five seating positions with enough legroom thanks to the higher seating position. As an option, a panoramic glass-roof was on the options list and made the interior even brighter. The split-folding seatback allowed a trunk increase from a standard 674 liters (23.8 cu-ft) to a cavernous 2149 liters (75.9 cu-ft).
Under the hood, Peugeot offered the 308SW with a wide range of engines ranged between 90 hp and 156 hp, both gasoline and turbo-diesel.