- Safe and reliable
- Eye-catching looks
- Excellent driving dynamics
- Top drawer technology
Peugeot has always been able to deliver when it comes to stylish looking vehicles.
The 308 has always been a strong performer in its hugely competitive segment. It has evolved since it was launched in 2007 and has remained one of the better looking cars in its segment.
The latest version is a dramatic leap forward in terms of style and road presence, with some stunning new colours to boot. Trim levels include Active Premium, Allure, Allure Premium driven here, GT, and GT Premium.
Design and Practicality
The 308 has had a dramatic makeover, and now features a new lion’s head badge to the front and rear, (which house the radar sensors used by the autonomous driving aids) for a sleeker look.
Now 55mm longer, it sits 20mm lower than the previous model, which delivers that aerodynamic shape.
The front features a deep grille at the end of a longer, dramatically swooping bonnet, with a clever configuration of daytime running lights among the front light clusters.
The rear is just as impressive, with LED lights retaining the familiar cat’s claw style for the rear lamps.
In addition, there's a lower bumper gloss black trim, while the exhaust has twin chrome surrounds.
Overall, the lower profile means the vehicle now has a more slippery shape, while tinted rear glass and smart new alloys add a touch of class to the all-round appearance.
Boot space is competitive within its segment, offering 412 litres of space, opening up with the rear seats folded to a substantial 1,323 litres. As ever, the split rear seats open up at the touch of a button.
Engines and Performance
There are a range of engine options including two plug-in hybrids, a diesel, and the 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine powering this test car.
The 130bhp available provides plenty of urge and delivers the familiar raspy sound from the 3-cylinder engine under acceleration.
It's lively enough, hitting 62mph in under 10.0 seconds and, mated with an 8-speed auto box, delivers seamless shifts and decent economy of up to 50mpg, depending on how it's driven.
Drive modes Eco, Normal, and Sport can be selected, depending on whether you're looking for economy or performance.
The 308 has always had good handling manners and the newcomer is no different, feeling well planted on corners, while the ride keeps occupants comfortable and the suspension works hard to soak up the worst lumps and potholes.
Equipment and Technology
It's packed with state-of-the-art communications and safety kit which flashes up warnings to drivers of impending possible dangers.
The interior has also had a major upgrade with the firm’s next-generation i-Cockpit interior and the now familiar compact multifunction steering wheel.
Fixtures and fittings are high quality, with controls and switchgear logically placed.
Front and centre is the 10-inch touchscreen that houses the i-Connect infotainment system, which can be activated by voice commands.
Navigation includes TomTom Live updates and speed camera alerts, and a clever feature is the i-Toggle property that allows owners to set personalised shortcut keys for functions such as climate, navigation, or music favourites.
Safety is key with all models and the new model delivers plenty with a number of key safety and driver assistance technologies, including stability control, airbags, active safety brake with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane assist, cruise control, and speed limiter.
Providing families and individuals with excellent comfort and practicality, the Peugeot 308 makes a suitable hatchback for many duties. Mid-range Allure Premium specification adds all the equipment you need and more, plus a streamlined appearance for extra road presence.