There’s nothing that says ‘every car you’ll ever need’ quite like a fast estate car, and here are two of the best and the newest. Which means that as well as having engines, you can plug them in.
The newest is the 2021 Peugeot 508 SW Peugeot Sport Engineered (or as we’ve come to refer to it, the Peugeot 508 PSE). It makes its performance by having a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine and small electric motor at the front, with four-wheel drive provided by an additional motor at the back.
It makes 355bhp in total, which is good for 0-62mph in 5.2 sec and a top speed of 155mph, while it has a zero-emissions range of 26 miles, officially returns 138.9mpg and has a CO2 output of 46g/km. It costs £54,000.
It meets one of the traditional players in the fast wagons sector, a BMW 330xe Touring, which costs a little less than the Peugeot, at £49,280.
The BMW has a 2.0-litre engine in the front, and that’s where you find its electric motor, too – they can work independently or together. In total, they combine to produce 289bhp, which is enough for 0-62mph in 5.9sec and a top speed of 139mph. Officially it returns 176.6mpg and produces 41g/km of CO2.
Which, though, is the most compelling to drive? Join Matt Prior and James Disdale as they test the two back to back on the road, and decide which is the more alluring proposition.