The Peugeot estate they claim can give you 99.1mpg
THE first drive of Peugeot's 308SW (estate) coincides with a handful of new engines with claimed economy of up to 99.1mpg in some cases. I stress 'claimed'.
The SW is stylish and practical with more space in the rear of the cabin and, of course, the boot.
It also heralds some new driving and safety assistance systems. These include a driver assistance pack which has radar as part of dynamic cruise control, emergency collision braking, blind spot monitoring, reverse camera and automatic parking.
The driver sport pack gives more responsive power steering with artificial sportier/louder engine noise.
The SW gets here in July and is lighter, lower and wider than the hatchback.
A 'Magic Flat' system allows you to instantly fold the rear seats while wider rear doors allow easier access. Full LEDs are fitted on the upper trim levels. In the so-called i-Cockpit, the small steering wheel is retained while overall the look is minimalist. The Touchscreen remains pernickety while gear changing was a touch notchy but mileage should sort that out.
Over a 200-kilometre test route marred slightly by high traffic volumes, the car provided a comfortable and responsive run.
But the real star was the new e-THP 1.2 litre turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol with 6spd manual gearbox.
This marks the introduction of the brand's Pure Tech petrol technology to the range. Remarkably, drives in a 1.6-litre and 2-litre diesel seemed somehow tame by comparison.
Both petrols and diesels have impressive claimed fuel consumption – from the mid-60s up to 99.1 (2.85-litre per 100km) depending on driving style. Prices or specs won't be confirmed until closer to its arrival here but expect the SW to cost between €1,000 and €1,500 more than the hatch which starts at €19,800 ex-works.