The new Peugeot 308 SW estate has a seats-up boot capacity to match the class-leading Skoda Octavia estate’s.

The 610 litres of the 308 SW, seen here officially for the first time ahead of the Geneva motor show in March, is more than offered by other rivals, including the Volkswagen Golf estate and Ford Focus estate.

Peugeot has not yet disclosed the precise increase in load capacity when the rear seats are folded flat. However, the company has described the flat load area as “very practical and clutter-free”. The rear seats can be folded flat from inside the boot.

The 308 SW grows to 4580mm in length from the 4253mm of the five-door hatchback. The wheelbase of the two models is the same. The estate’s boot capacity of 610 litres is 140 litres more than the hatchback offers.

After its Geneva show debut, the 308 SW will go on sale in the UK later in the spring. Engine options are set to mirror those of the five-door 308 and will include a frugal BlueHDi version with CO2 emissions of 85g/km.

The 308 SW is underpinned by the same EMP2 platform as the hatchback, and Peugeot claims that its new load hauler is 140kg lighter than its predecessor.

Thanks to: Autocar