2005 Peugeot 307 SW SE 136 Hdi from UK and Ireland
Expensive to buy, but great to drive
No actual mechanical faults or electrical failures, as yet. All four wheels required re-balancing as this was not noticed in the delivery inspection.
Having owned a 406 estate for four years, downsizing to a smaller model seemed like a good idea. Not as well built as the 406, too much plastic. For a top of the range model, slightly disappointed. Handles better than the 406, although not as comfortable. Six speed gearbox is great for high speed long distances. The 136 engine is a lusty performer offering huge amounts of torque, but quoted fuel figures are far from reality. Because of the high gearing and that lusty engine, driving around towns and cities can be quite tedious. One needs to select third gear if you intend to stick to the 30 limit. The brakes, whilst excellent at speed, are quite vicious at slow speeds. I do miss my feather bed 406!. In brief, if you are looking for a seven seater, there is nothing out there that can match the 307 SW in terms of handling or performance. A great long distance tourer, but a poor urban commuter.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st December, 2005