Peugeot expects the 308 CC to appeal more to women between 35 to 49 years old;
The 2.0 HDi FAP (Particle Emission Filter) produces 138PS (136bhp) and 240Nm with the 6-speed manual gearbox while 142PS (140bhp) and 260Nm is available with the 6-speed manual transmission. The former takes 12.3 seconds to complete the 0-62 sprint and has a top speed of 126mph. The latter does the job in 11.1 seconds and reaches 129mph. I would have liked a bit more oomph in the lower gears but once moving, the diesel unit provides enough torque to be entertaining.
The 1.6-litre THP 140, on the other hand, had plenty of acceleration from the word go, even with the 4-speed automatic gearbox, which makes a difference to the power output, effectively reducing it from 152PS (150bhp) to 142PS (140bhp) in contrast to the 6-speed manual. There is torque of 240Nm at 1,400, which is a lower threshold than that of the diesel and that is where the difference in acceleration comes from.
The fuel consumption figures for the Peugeot 308 CC automatic test car are posted as: 23.9mpg (urban), 47.0mpg (extra-urban) and 34.8mpg for the combined, with emissions of 192g/km. The manual diesel is, as expected, more frugal with a combined of 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 155g/km.
The new Peugeot 308 CC sits lower than the donor car, although the track is the same and it is this wide stance, in combination with wide tyres that gives the car its dynamic stability. Without a roof, the rest of the body needs, and gets, extra reinforcement and stiffening resulting in a torsional rigidity that has almost completely eradicated scuttle-shake - a problem that affects all cabrios.
The Peugeot 308 CC makes its occupants feel safe, not just because of the high window-line or the long windscreen, there are other things going on too. I have mentioned the 'pop-up' rollover bars and the six airbags, which inflate laterally from the headrest, should they be needed. This and the other safety measures are the reason why the Peugeot 308 CC has earned 5-stars in the EuroNCAP safety tests.
Peugeot expects the 308 CC to appeal more to women between 35 to 49 years old; probably empty-nesters or those yet to start a family. The styling lends itself more that way, although it remains 'butch' enough not to be an embarrassment for men to enjoy.24 March 2009
Peugeot 308 CC Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Peugeot 308 CC|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.6 Seconds|
|Top Speed||127 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||47 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 24/03/09)||£19,495|