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Peugeot 308 SW 2023 long-term test


However, I’m encountering a problem that’s well-documented in reviews of the 308: the steering wheel cuts off the bottom of the digital dial display. I can’t lower it any further because then it makes contact with my legs. 

For me, the main attraction of this quirky i-Cockpit layout is the pairing of that digital dial display with a 10.0in infotainment touchscreen. I’m told it’s a ‘love it or hate it’ sort of system, so it will be interesting to see how I cope given my patience tends to wear thin pretty quickly. 

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also included, or you can make use of the in-built sat-nav. Among my favourite parts of the interior are the iToggles, which are an example of touchpads done right. They’re big, responsive and customisable, and have so far proved handy. 

Elsewhere, the Drive Assist Pack (usually optional but standard on pricier trims) bolsters safety with adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, blindspot monitoring and automatic emergency braking. 

Like its hatchback sibling, this estate certainly looks the part, continuing Peugeot’s run of eye-catching and stylish designs, plus it has been given a differentiated look at the rear, with a redesigned bumper and a larger windscreen.  

All in all it’s one of the best-looking estates and certainly far more attractive than most of the cookie-cutter SUVs and crossovers many Brits are clamouring for. And the optional Elixer Red pearlescent paint is the icing on the cake. 



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