Peugeot 308 SW Hybrid 180 – Our TEST in pictures

Peugeot 308 SW Hybrid 180

Are you holding out against the advent of the SUV? Good news, station wagons still have their say! And it is on the French lion that we set our sights today. More loading volume, electric operation if necessary, all with “premium generalist” ambitions. Our test of the Peugeot 308 SW Hybrid 180 plug-in hybrid.

New look, new engines, what is the third generation of Peugeot 308 SW worth in its plug-in hybrid version? We took the wheel of the Hybrid 180 model for a week, between short journeys and long journeys. No over-equipped high-end version this time, but an in-between with the Allure Pack finish. What offer an ideal compromise between the Active and GT versions, both in terms of style and equipment.

Peugeot 308 SW Hybrid 180 look side: baby 508

As with previous generations, the Peugeot 308 SW Hybrid 180 shares a lot with its sedan sibling. We thus find an identical front face, with a sporty design and characteristic fangs from the manufacturer’s range. Grille, sharp LED lights, new logo, it’s all there. It is therefore from the middle that the vehicle evolves. With its wheelbase of 2.73 m, the break stretches to reach 4.63 m long. Or 27 cm more than the sedan, in favor of a trunk of 548 liters. A very respectable value in this category, although less than the 608 liters of the thermal twin. All for 1.85 m wide and 1.44 m high. Our pearly white model is mounted on 17-inch diamond-cut Halong rims, for a more sporty chic look. The design is modern and rewarding, far from purely functional station wagons, which are much less attractive.

Outside, finishes and assemblies are of very good quality. Some details are familiar to us, such as the mirrors that also equip the DS4 and Citroën C5 X. We will note all the same the luminous logo of the lion, projected under the mirrors. A little “too much” touch but which we like. Only the dummy tailpipes are a bit exaggerated for our taste. More subjective: we even prefer the Peugeot 308 SW to the sedan, a little “overdesigned” from the rear. Here, the trunk loses the headband in favor of a more elegant than sleek bodywork, highlighting the light signature. But that, we let you tell us what you think. The overall rendering is in any case rather muscular and flattering, worthy of the premium ambitions of the French brand. A real baby 508 SW !

Life on board: “techno-spirit” atmosphere

The Peugeot 308 SW Hybrid 180 is faithful to the brand’s high-tech ambitions. She welcomes us in an atmosphere at the forefront of modernity, with her new i-Cockpit. This brings together a 10-inch handset and a multimedia screen lined with customizable i-Toggles controls. There is also the new central console and its numerous storage spaces, not to mention the essential small steering wheel. Although very easy to handle on a daily basis, we prefer a classic-sized steering wheel. Purely personal judgment, but here is a completely objective one: the steering wheel hides the handset from us! Despite its high position, the instrumentation is indeed obstructed by the steering wheel, unless it is lowered completely. In which case our right knee hits it. It will therefore be necessary to choose: clear handset or space for the knees. Fortunately, this detail does not ruin the experience on board.

The 10-inch touch screen turns out to be very complete and rather well thought out. The wireless Apple CarPlay connection is done immediately and without latency, unlike the general display. The interface indeed suffers from a few small slowdowns during the animations, but nothing dramatic. On-board navigation, wall of applications and general controls are rather well integrated, but still a little “gas factory” in places. Only the air conditioning control would have benefited from keeping physical settings for the temperature, instead of all touch. Moreover, heated electric seats with memory and driving aids are intuitive and effective. Front and rear, passengers benefit from USB-C sockets for connectivity and charging. Allure Pack finish obliges, our Peugeot 308 SW Hybrid 180 ignores certain options. No electric tailgate or 3D display handset.

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Performance and handling: it’s a 308!

Well wedged in our AGR driver’s seat, we benefit from a comfortable seat coupled with good lateral support. Ideal conditions to launch our Peugeot 208 SW Hybrid 180 on the road. Under the hood, our station wagon is powered by a PureTech 150 engine, coupled to an 81 kW electric motor. The set develops a cumulative power of 180 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque, more than enough for this type of vehicle. The car is perfectly responsive in all circumstances, especially in electric mode of course. Starts, insertions, and overruns are done in complete serenity, while demonstrating exemplary behavior. In the end, the only moment of skating was on the wet pavement of an underground parking lot in rainy weather. A bit unavoidable when the power is sent to the wheels, but still surprising at the time.

Unsurprisingly, the chassis benefits from all the manufacturer’s expertise in this field. It’s locked, grounded and accurate in all circumstances. If our 308 can be a bit playful in Sport mode, it emphasizes balance rather than dynamism. Understand by this that it favors comfort rather than fun in the turns. After all, that’s not what we ask of her (even if she always does it very well, 308 obliges). Same observation on the e-EAT8 automatic gearbox side, not the most reactive to the pallets when you attack a little. Again, it is in full automatic on a daily basis that the box works wonders. Its vocation is to take passengers and a loaded trunk, and that, it does it more than well. Whether you are alone on board or with a full vehicle, the Peugeot 308 SW Hybrid 180 gives us confidence.

Consumption and range: 60 km all-electric

On a daily basis, the Peugeot 308 SW Hybrid 180 excels in the three Electric, Hybrid and Sport modes. In all-electric, the 12.4 kWh battery announces 60 km of autonomy. A promise kept with a bit of eco-driving. With a few stronger accelerations here and there, it’s minimum 50 km without problem. On the charging side, we took 1h44 with the optional 7.4 kW charger. A charging time that goes to 3h25 in 3.2 kW (16A), and 7h05 on a standard 1.8 kW (8A) socket. As with any plug-in hybrid vehicle, it is only of interest if its owner thinks of recharging it. By using its battery, the station wagon consumes 4.2 l/100 km in Hybrid mode on a combined cycle. This thanks to perfectly intelligent and almost imperceptible transitions between thermal and electric on our daily journeys. Special mention to the “Energy” tab which gives a rather complete energy follow-up.

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A good way to understand and optimize our driving according to the routes. On the other hand, thermal consumption flirts with 8 l / 100 km on the highway without paying too much attention. On our side, reading the signs and permanently regulating allow us to consume less: 6.6 l/100 km in the city, 7.5 l/100 km on the highway. On various routes (departmental, national), the mixed consumption stands at 6.8 l/100 km. Correct values ​​given the 1,659 kg of our Peugeot 308 SW Hybrid 180. The PHEV version starts at €39,050 in the Active finish. Our Allure Pack model starts at €41,650. It’s expensive, but Peugeot admits: fleets represent 70% of customers in this segment. It is therefore above all the companies that will find themselves there. For individuals, we recommend the GT Pack finish and everything that goes with it, from style to equipment, as long as it is.