The 308 offers the best of both worlds in that it has all the comfort, economy and driving dynamics ...
Ride and Handling
The car’s height reduction means there is a lower centre of gravity which, in turn, leads to improved stability and superior aerodynamics.
In addition, the all-new platform known as EMP2 introduces superior suspension with Pseudo MacPherson at the front and deformable cross member at the rear. All these factors result in a reduced turning circle and enhanced performance, comfort and handling.
Peugeot’s compact sports steering wheel which forms part of the new i-Cockpit is a little like marmite – you’ll either love it or loathe it. Either way, there’s no denying its responsiveness. It makes manoeuvring much simpler and delivers increased all-round agility.
The road-holding is excellent with very little body roll and most potholes are absorbed along the way.
The 308 certainly looks and feels sportier than the outgoing version and although it’s not exactly a match for those thrilling hot hatches out there, it has definitely gained in the appeal stakes.
Ease of Use
The 308 offers the best of both worlds in that it has all the comfort, economy and driving dynamics required by a business driver who clocks up the motorway miles, but also has the appeal and versatility to suit an active household too.
There is ample room front and rear for six-footers to stretch out in style and the cabin is beautifully bright and spacious, especially if the car is fitted with the panoramic glass sunroof (an optional extra which, along with tinted rear windows, cost £500 on the test car).
The boot offers a class-leading capacity of 470 litres, 35-litres of which are divided storage compartments under the floor mat. A low loading sill and wide opening are also practical when transporting heavy or awkwardly-shaped items. On the downside, the glove-box is tiny.
The cabin itself is very minimalistic, but is feature rich with plenty of built-in technology. All systems are accessed via the 9.7-inch colour touchscreen which is very user-friendly.