the fuel consumption was a little disappointing...
The Peugeot 308 CC was launched in the UK in June 2009 following on from the introduction of the 308 hatchback in 2007 and it received a facelift in April 2011. The 308 has been a great success for Peugeot with over 900,000 models sold since its launch in 2007.
In 1935 Peugeot pioneered the folding metal roof (this system was called ‘Eclipse’) with the introduction of the 401 Eclipse and it must have proved popular as it was followed by the 402 and then the 601 and 602 models.
Peugeot introduced the modern equivalent the 206 CC in 2000.
We tested the Peugeot 308 CC Allure 2.0 HDi 163 priced at £27,250 OTR plus £520 for the metallic paint.
There is a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, both petrol units are 1598cc’s with either 120bhp (5-speed manual) or 156bhp (6-speed manual).
The diesel unit is a 1560cc 115bhp (6-speed manual) or a 1997cc 163bhp (6-speed manual or automatic).
We chose to test the 2.0 litre diesel HDi 163 FAP which develops 163bhp @ 3750 rpm producing 340Nm @ 2,000 rpm. This equates to a 0-62mph time of 9.7 seconds and a top speed of 129mph. The NEDC official combined fuel consumption figure is 49.6 mpg and CO2 emissions are rated at 144 g/km.
On our test route which includes mixed motorway and urban driving we were achieving around 38.9 mpg.
We found the engine flexible and rewarding although the fuel consumption was a little disappointing. We thought the engine was relatively quiet and didn’t find that noise intruded into the cabin even with the roof down.
There was minimal lag from the 2.0 litre diesel engine - but torque steer was noticeable especially when pulling out of junctions.