Some Things About the Peugeot 308 SW

A new vehicle with some interesting characteristics

By Gary S. Vasilash

Peugeot has rolled out with a new vehicle, the 308 SW with, given the profile of the vehicle, the “SW” standing for “station wagon,” although that is probably not the case given that station wagons aren’t called “station wagons” in France or other parts of Europe where the 308 SW will be sold.

All that said, it looks like a station wagon.

New Peugeot 308 SW. (Image: Peugeot)

There are several interesting things about this vehicle that Peugeot thinks is important to know.

For example, there are several places to put things on the interior of the vehicle, places that are “entirely dedicated to well-being and practicality.” That’s one way of describing those places that often end up being sticky on the bottom surface and full of random debris.

The vehicle can be purchased entirely on line (depending on the country, of course: something that wouldn’t happen in the U.S. unless a dealer is involved, the vehicle is a Tesla or it is a used car).

The 308 SW can be equipped with an array of powertrains, ranging from gasoline engines to hybrids to, yes, even diesels.

The steering wheel is, for some reason, compact. Outside of a school bus or a Class 8 truck, are there really oversized steering wheels in vehicles?

And then there’s this: the 308 SW offers a cargo volume that can accommodate “608 litres of water and up to 1634 litres of water with the seat fully folded.”

To be sure, there are many ways of measuring cargo space, from luggage to Amazon Prime boxes to jellybeans (sweepstakes use, only).

But water?

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