The Peugeot E-308 SW at a glance
- New Stellantis electric drive with 115 kW/156 HP
- Range according to the manufacturer up to 409 km
- 51 kWh battery, 100 kW DC fast charging
- Precise handling, lots of comfort
- Less space in the trunk than with a combustion engine
- Starting price from 45,765 euros
China was once again faster
The Chinese car manufacturers have even honed this domain: the station wagon is the favorite child of the Europeans and especially the Germans. But the first electric caravans rolled to us from the Middle Kingdom. In the compact category, it was MG that crossed the finish line first with the MG5. In the upper middle class, Nio followed suit with the BMW five-series competitor ET5 Touring, before the Munich-based company itself will present its i5 Touring in spring 2024. After all, Peugeot can now officially be pleased to be “the first European automobile manufacturer to offer a 100 percent electric station wagon variant.” The joy about this is likely to be short-lived, because as we type these lines, the electric Opel Astra Sports Tourer is also available in the starting blocks.
Both Stellantis products have the same platform components and the same drive: The front engine with 115 kW/156 HP (combined power consumption: 15.9-15.1 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km; electric Range: up to 409 km)² is not a real powerhouse, but like all electric units it has a decent suit. The permanently excited synchronous machine moves the 1.8 tonne weight effortlessly, even on mountain stretches, and circles the 4.60 meter long station wagon through the curves with surprising ease. The only thing we have to complain about is the steering. In the Sport position it is far too stiff. The chassis does its job really well. Even with the bumpiest speed stops on the road, the car doesn’t buck; the springs and dampers work cleanly and precisely.
Range test: How many kilometers does the E-308 really manage?
The acceleration (10.0 seconds from zero to 100 km/h) and the chassis are one thing, but what is much more important is how far you can go with the E-308 SW. There is usually a large gap between the theoretically possible and the actual range, often an entire mountain range. And the Peugeot E-308 SW is no exception. The test: We start with a full 51 kWh battery (net) and 422 kilometers. That would be pretty neat! After a distance of 172 km in battery-friendly temperatures around 20 degrees and occasional sporty driving, we park the car again. The balance: We consumed a little more than forecast: 16.7 instead of 15.9 kW per 100 km. The remaining range is only 132 km on the clock. And that’s surprisingly little: Because that means that we had to leave behind a range of 290 kilometers over a 172 km route. If you extrapolate this further and experience shows that you “refuel” the battery at 50 kilometers, then you realistically have 250 kilometers available. Correspondingly less natural in the cold season.
Every buyer needs to know this before putting the French station wagon in the garage: it can only do long distances to a limited extent. In addition to the small battery, the charging times are also rather average. There is no more than 100 kW on the DC column (11 kW AC), although this should be enough to charge the battery from 10 to 80 percent in around 35 minutes. If you have a weak bladder, you might be happy about the resulting frequent breaks, but everyone else might be annoyed. Speaking of which: Unfortunately, there is no active charging planning that is linked to the navigation system. A separate app, which is coming soon, is intended to eliminate the shortcoming. It is included free of charge for six months in the Connect Plus package, after which you can subscribe to it for a fee. The subscription model also applies to all other equipment variants.
The electric Peugeot has to make compromises when it comes to the trunk, but…
The space available in an electric station wagon is just as important as the range. Here the E-308 only has to make slight compromises compared to the combustion engines and hybrids that remain in the Peugeot range: it is 60 liters less, but that is manageable because there are still very decent 548 and 1,574 liters available . The bench can be folded down quite conveniently using two levers in the side wall. Unfortunately there is no flat loading area, but the step is not too big. From the outside, the E-308 looks pretty sophisticated. At least in the front. Because like the larger E-3008 coming next spring, the compact already has the new brand face with the revised and more present lion logo.
The radiator grille is quite large and flows like the mane of the Peugeot heraldic animal. The new E-308 isn’t necessarily cheap either, but it’s not a new car at the moment. With a purchase price of 45,765 euros, it is around 2,000 euros higher than the electric Astra Sports Tourer. This is also intentional because the Stellantis Group wants to position the Peugeot brand a little higher than Opel. However, the basic model should have more features than its corporate brother from Rüsselsheim.
The Peugeot E-208 is also new
Speaking of relatives: The slightly smaller Peugeot 208 is also coming at the end of the year. The bestseller (one million copies sold) has been visually refreshed: the vertical light claws at the front and the horizontal ones at the rear make the kitten from Peugeot look quite self-confident. The E-208 also gets the 156 hp drive with the 51 kWh battery (combined power consumption: 14.5-14.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km; electric range: up to 410km). It should have a range of up to 410 kilometers and is a bit more agile than the E-308. No wonder, after all, it weighs a good 200 kilograms less. Cost: From 40,325 euros.
The E-308 drives precisely, quickly and surprisingly agile. It is practical, easy to use and comfortable. Unfortunately, the Frenchman doesn’t go far enough with the built-in battery and costs too much. So the Lion King becomes more of a tame living room lion. (Text: Rudolf Bögel | Images: Manufacturer)
Technical data Peugeot E-308 SW*
- Model: Peugeot E-308 SW
- Drive: Front engine/automatic
- Perfomance: up to 115 kW (156 HP)
- Torque: up to 270 Nm
- Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 9.8s
- Maximum speed: 170 km/h
- Battery capacity: 51 kWh (net)
- AC/DC charging power: 11KW/100KW
- Combined power consumption: 15.9-15.1 kWh/100 km²
- CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km²
- Electric range combined: up to 409 km
- Dimensions L/W/H: 4.64m/1.85m/1.44m
- Wheelbase: 2.68m
- Empty weight/payload: 1,791kg/459kg
- Trailer load/support load: 0/80kg
- Trunk volume: 548–1,574 litres
- Price: from 45,765 euros