The 308 SW makes a good tow car, but it’s up against very good rivals. It proved stable at a steady cruise but was less happy slowing down from high speeds, when the Al-Ko ATC system picked up more movement than usual. Braking was also below average, needing 11.6 metres to come to a halt from 60mph.
At high speeds through the lane-change test, car and caravan couldn’t agree on which direction to take.
For a front-wheel-drive car, the 308 performed well on the hill start. The handbrake held easily, and while there was some wheelspin to contend with, car and van had no trouble reaching the top of the slope.
Inside, the Peugeot has a well-built cabin with room for five. The rear seats can be removed to give lots of luggage space. However, it would be easier if they folded into the floor.
With the seats in place, our practicality testers found room for all but one luggage item. There’s a handy 12V socket in the boot, although we’d have preferred a full-size spare wheel.