Introducing the Peugeot 308
The world of hatchbacks is an easy one for manufacturers to enter, but it's a different story when it comes to maintaining prolonged success.
Thankfully, Peugeot don't need to worry about failure because the 308 hatchback is utterly brilliant. The contemporary design, stunning cabin layout and excellent driving dynamics combine effortlessly to make every journey an enjoyable experience.
It doesn't end with the aesthetics. Peugeot 308 boasts some of the latest driver assistance technologies on the market, ensuring you have total peace of mind when you're on the road.
With a wide variety of models and engine specifications available for you to choose from, we sincerely doubt you'll struggle to find the right car for you. Keep on reading to discover more about the 308 and what makes it so great.
Design and Practicality
There can be no denying that the 308 is a fine looking car. The smooth body lines incorporate the vehicle's sharp features without being overly-aggressive. It's cliché, but the 308 is just right.
Let's talk boot space. The 308 offers an enormous 501 litre boot as standard - one of the largest of any family hatchback - so you'll never run out of space during the weekly shopping trip. The rear seats can be folded down to give you 1,309 litres worth of space to play with; ideal if you need to turn the car into a mini-van for the day.
The small steering wheel and unique driving position are exclusive features of the 308 that many love. It's easy to get comfortable because of all the adjustment offered by the seats and steering wheel.
Technology and Safety
Entering the 308's interior gives a distinctive feeling of stepping into the future, such is the special design language that has been utilised. Peugeot i-Cockpit® features throughout the range and has been engineered to place the driver at the centre of the experience.
The majority of models benefit from a vibrant 9.7-inch touchscreen that is easy to navigate and quick to respond to inputs. Key driving information can be found on the head-up instrument cluster, which combines traditional and contemporary aesthetics for a futuristic experience that is instantly familiar. Mirror Screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.
Peugeot boasts a number of safety features as standard. They include:
- Six airbags (including curtain airbags)
- Tyre pressure sensors
- Electronic stability control
- Hill start assist
- PEUGEOT Connect SOS and Assistance
Economy and Performance
Peugeot give you the option to choose between their range of critically acclaimed PureTech petrol and BlueHDi diesel engines, all of which offer exceptional fuel economy and real world performance.
The petrol engines are derived from a turbocharged 1.2-litre engine. Don't let the small size fool you, because even the entry-level engine produces 110 bhp. The 1.5-litre diesel engines are much of the same story as they punch well above their weight. The power from each engine is delivered low down in the rev-range for maximum flexibility.
For the thrill seekers among you, there is the Peugeot 308 GTI by Peugeot Sport. The turbocharged 1.6-litre engine produces 260 bhp and propels the 308 GTI to 62 mph in just 5.8 seconds. A clever differential distributes the power evenly for maximum grip in the corners, while special bucket seats and a series of exterior enhancements complete the package.
The 308 range starts with the Active trim, extremely well-equipped for an entry-level model. You get Peugeot i-Cockpit® with 9.7-inch touchscreen, for the ultimate customisable and immersive cabin, with all key functions at your fingertips. The Active also offers automatic dual zone climate control, so you and your passengers can drive in complete comfort.
- Peugeot i-Cockpit® with 9.7-inch touchscreen
- Connected 3D Navigation
- Mirror Screen® with MirrorLink®
- Automatic dual zone climate control
- Rear Parking Sensors
The 308 Allure looks extra-stylish with upgraded bodystyling, a panoramic fixed cielo glass roof and striking 17-inch 'Rubis' alloy wheels. It also adds further driver convenience with an electric parking brake and front parking sensors.
- Panoramic Fixed Cielo Glass Roof
- Electric Parking Brake
- Electric Folding Door Mirrors
- Front Parking Sensors
- 17-inch 'Rubis' Alloy Wheels
As expected, the Tech Edition trim adds plenty in terms of technology, with several driver assistance and safety features included. City park with a colour reversing camera makes parking in tight spots much easier, while Driver Attention Alert detects when you're distracted and issues an audible alert.
- Drive Assist Pack
- Safety Pack including Driver Attention Alert
- Active Lane Keeping Assistance
- City Park & colour reversing camera
- 17-inch Rubis diamond cut alloy wheels
Upgrade to the 308 GT Line to drive in style. With sporty GT Line bodystyling and 18-inch alloy wheels, this 308 turns heads wherever it goes. It also comes with all the Allure features plus extras such as PEUGEOT Connect SOS and Assistance, which ensures help can reach you quickly in the event of an accident or breakdown.
- GT Line Exterior Styling Pack
- Full LED headlights
- Colour Reversing Camera
- PEUGEOT Connect SOS and Assistance
- 18-inch 'Diamant' Alloy Wheels'
The GT model adds even more sportiness inside with sports front brakes and the Driver Sport Pack. Powered by either a 224bhp petrol engine or a 177bhp diesel engine, and featuring lowered sport suspension, the GT delivers an exhilirating ride.
- Lowered Sports Suspension
- Sports Front Brakes
- Driver Sport Pack
- Alcantara® and leather effect seat trim
- Peugeot Open & Go
GTi 260 by Peugeot Sport
The 308 GTi is designed for those want to enjoy exhilarating performance whilst retaining a strong element of practicality.
- 19" 'Carbone' alloy wheels
- Torsen limited-slip differential
- Red painted brake calipers
- Large twin exhaust and black rear diffuser
- GTi bucket seats with Peugeot Sport branding
Test Drive the Peugeot 308
The Peugeot 308 is a brilliant all-rounder that can seemingly accommodate just about anyone's requirements. The broad range of engines couple nicely with the on board technology to offer an effortless driving experience that is brimming with connectivity. All-in-all, a fine hatchback that will make a great daily companion.
Pushing the boundaries has never been so exciting, but you can visit your nearest Evans Halshaw Peugeot retailer today if you don't believe us.