Watching the two part folding retractable roof lower and raise is a joy to behold...
Ride and Handling
At lower speeds the speed related electronic power steering feels a bit vague but feedback becomes better at higher speeds. This doesn’t mean that the 308 CC doesn’t stay online it just lacks feedback but to be honest we don’t think that this will worry most drivers. The brakes are very good with front and rear discs standard on all models.
With the roof down there was little evidence of scuttle shake and the 308 CC remained composed even on poor road surfaces. Body roll was minimal but this is not the sort of car that you would expect to behave like a hot hatch. Even with the roof down and folded into the rear of the vehicle (which would shift its centre of gravity) the 308 CC always behaved itself unless pushed hard when it will start to go into mild but controllable under steer.
Watching the two part folding retractable roof lower and raise is a joy to behold - my seven year old son said that the designer must be very good at origami. It takes 20 seconds to raise and lower the roof and this can be done on the move at speeds of up to 7.5mph.
Getting in and out of the Peugeot 308 CC is easy with the roof down but with the roof up the swooping roofline means that less nimble drivers might find it a little awkward to get in and out. The rear seats are comfortable but offer limited leg room and are only suitable for children. Grab rails are standard in the front and rear should you need them.
The driving position is very good and the luxury leather seats are comfortable and feature front seat heating. The leather trimmed sports steering wheel is adjustable for height and reach.
The airwave scarf (with temperature control) for front passengers circulates warm air around your neck via a vent in the head restraints and very welcome it was too with the roof down. We did have requests for the rear seat passengers to be able to specify this option. There is a Windstop deflector which positions over the rear two seats to stop buffeting from the wind but obviously this renders the 308 CC into a two seater when in use.
All-round vision with the roof down is pretty good but rear vision is hampered by not being able to see over the boot - with the roof up it is even trickier to judge distances.
You benefit from automatic dual zone air conditioning with climate control, automatic headlights, automatic rain sensing wipers, front fog lights, electro chrome rear view mirror, electric heated mirrors, folding mirrors with welcome lighting, front LED day time running lights, protective shutter blind in the boot, ambient lighting, boot light, trip computer and cruise control with speed limiter.
The Peugeot 308 CC has a footprint of 4400mm (length), 1817mm (width) 1426mm (height) and a wheelbase of 2605mm. With the roof up the boot will swallow up 465 litres of cargo and with the roof down it still offers a capacity of 266 litres. Which compares to the Renault Megane CC which offers 417 litres of luggage space with the roof up and 211 litres with the roof down.