Are you resisting the advent of the SUV? Good news, the vans still have something to say! And it is the French with the lion that today we focus our attention. More charging volume, electrical operation if necessary, all with “premium generalist” ambitions. Our review of the Peugeot 308 SW Hybrid 180 plug-in hybrid.
New look, new engines, how much is the third generation Peugeot 308 SW worth in its plug-in hybrid version? We took the wheel of the Hybrid 180 model for a week, between short and long trips. This time, no super-equipped high-end version, but a middle ground with the Allure Pack finish. Which offers an ideal compromise between the Active and GT versions, both in terms of style and equipment.
Peugeot 308 SW Hybrid 180 side view: 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. Grid, crisp LED lights, new logo, it’s all there. It is, therefore, from the medium that the vehicle evolves. With its wheelbase of 2.73 m, the brake extends to a length of 4.63 m. Or 27 cm more than the sedan, in favor of a trunk of 548 liters. A very respectable figure in this category, although lower than the 608 liters of the thermal twin. All for 1.85 m in width and 1.44 m in height. Our pearly white model mounts to diamond-cut 17-inch Halong rims for a sportier chic look. The design is modern and satisfying, far from purely functional vans, which are far less appealing.
Outside, the finishes and assemblies are of very good quality. Some details are familiar to us, such as the mirrors that are also fitted to the DS4 and Citroën C5 X. Even so, we will notice the luminous lion logo, projected under the mirrors. A touch a little “too much”, but that we like. Only the dummy tailpipes are a little over the top for our taste. More subjective: we even prefer the Peugeot 308 SW to the sedan, a little “exaggerated” at the rear. Here, the trunk loses the headband in favor of a body that is more elegant than elegant, highlighting the light signature. But that, we let you tell us what you think. The overall rendering is, however, quite muscular and flattering, worthy of the French brand’s premium ambitions. A real 508 SW baby!
Life on board: “techno-spirit” atmosphere
The Peugeot 308 SW Hybrid 180 is true to the brand’s high-tech ambitions. It welcomes us in an environment at the forefront of modernity, with its new i-Cockpit. This brings together a 10-inch handset and a multimedia screen lined with customizable i-Toggles controls. There’s also the new center console and its numerous storage spaces, not to mention the essential little steering wheel. Although very easy to handle on a daily basis, we prefer a classic-sized steering wheel. Purely personal judgment, but here’s a completely objective one: the steering wheel hides the device from us! Despite its high position, instrumentation is in fact obstructed by the steering wheel unless it is fully lowered. In this case, our right knee hits it. Therefore, you will have to choose: unobstructed earpiece or space for your knees. Fortunately, this detail doesn’t spoil the onboard experience.
The 10-inch touchscreen turns out to be very complete and quite well thought out. The Apple CarPlay wireless connection is done immediately and without latency, unlike the general display. The interface does suffer from a few small lags during animations, but nothing dramatic. Onboard navigation, app wall and general controls are pretty well integrated, but still a little “gas factory” in places. Only the air conditioning control would have benefited from keeping the physical settings for the temperature rather than all the touches. In addition, heated electric seats with memory and driving aids are both intuitive and effective. Front and rear, passengers benefit from USB-C sockets for connectivity and charging. The 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!
Fitted well into the AGR driver’s seat, we benefit from a comfortable seat combined 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 with an 81 kW electric motor. The set develops an accumulated power of 180 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque, more than enough for this type of vehicle. The car responds perfectly under all circumstances, especially in electric mode, of course. Starts, insertions and overtaking are carried out with complete serenity, demonstrating exemplary behavior. In the end, the only skating moment was on the wet pavement of an underground parking lot in rainy weather. A little unavoidable when power is sent to the wheels, but still surprising at the time.
Unsurprisingly, the chassis benefits from all the manufacturer’s experience in this field. It is locked, grounded and accurate under all circumstances. If our 308 can be a little playful in Sport mode, it emphasizes balance rather than dynamism. Understand why it favors comfort over fun in curves. After all, that’s not what we ask of her (even if she always does very well, she obliges). Same note on the e-EAT8 automatic shift side, not the most reactive to pallets when you attack a little. Again, it’s fully automatic on a daily basis that the box works wonders. Its vocation is to carry passengers and a loaded trunk, and that does more than good. Whether you’re on board alone or with a complete vehicle, the Peugeot 308 SW Hybrid 180 gives you confidence.
Consumption and range: 60 km fully electric
On a daily basis, the Peugeot 308 SW Hybrid 180 excels in the three modes Electric, Hybrid and Sport. In the fully electric, the 12.4 kWh battery announces 60 km of autonomy. A promise kept with a little eco-driving. With a few harder accelerations here and there, it’s at least 50km without problems. On the charging side, it took us 1 hour and 44 minutes with the optional 7.4 kW charger. A charging time that goes up to 3 h 25 at 3.2 kW (16A) and 7 h 5 at a standard 1.8 kW (8A) outlet. As with any plug-in hybrid vehicle, it only matters if its owner considers recharging it. Taking advantage of its battery, the station wagon consumes 4.2 l/100 km in hybrid mode on a combined cycle. That’s thanks to perfectly intelligent and almost imperceptible transitions between thermal and electric in our daily journeys. Special mention to the “Energy” tab, which provides a very complete energy monitoring.
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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 much attention. On our side, reading the signs and regulating permanently allows us to consume less: 6.6 l/100 km in the city, 7.5 l/100 km on the road. On several routes (departmental, national), the mixed consumption is 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.
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