Peugeot 308 Road Test (2014)

Peugeot 308 (Interior View) (2014)
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Peugeot 308 Review

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The 308 offers excellent comfort levels all round with back seat passengers treated to ample leg, head and shoulder space. ...

Comfort and Refinement

The 308 offers excellent comfort levels all round with back seat passengers treated to ample leg, head and shoulder space.

Up front the instrumentation is angled towards the driver for ease of use with a hooded binnacle protecting the dials from any glare. Unlike some Peugeot models, such as the 2008, the compact steering wheel does not block out any of the readouts which is a great improvement.

And the touchscreen offers instant access to all the car’s creature comforts. There are even a number of short cuts to simplify accessing functions such as the climate control and sat nav.

The soft-touch dashboard offers a premium feel, although the hard plastic on the centre console below the screen is a sad contrast.

Safety and Security

Although the 308 had not been given its official Euro NCAP rating at the time of testing, it is expected to secure the maximum five stars.

It features anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency braking assistance, electronic stability programme with hill assist, three point inertia reel seatbelts throughout and numerous airbags.

Higher specced models also include a Driver Assistance Pack which introduces dynamic cruise control, emergency collision alert which gives a visual and audible warning that the driver should apply the brakes and an emergency collision braking system whereby the brakes are applied automatically in the event of an imminent collision.

Other systems available as options are blind spot monitoring and a park assist function.

Infotainment

Simplicity is the name of the game in the Peugeot 308, but there’s certainly no scrimping on the technology. It’s simply been packed neatly into one very easily-operated unit.

The 9.7-inch touchscreen brings together all the controls and the driver can easily access the air conditioning, driving aids, multimedia functions, sat nav, Bluetooth connectivity, vehicle settings and Peugeot Connect Apps, such as real-time traffic updates, parking space information and entertainment guides.

It does take a minute or two to get familiarised with the system, but it is very effective and efficient.

The clarity of the instrumentation dials is also worth noting with the large digital speedo in the centre of the panel and less vital functions positioned each side. Again this has been designed to reduce driver distraction.

Rivals
  • Ford Focus
  • Volkswagen Golf
  • Vauxhall Astra
What We Liked
  • The clutter-free cabin with easy-to-use technology
  • Clear readouts
  • Sporty, athletic and grounded stance
  • Compact steering wheel
  • LED headlights with 31 LEDs in each lamp
  • Claw-like rear lights
  • 9.7-inch touchscreen
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Roomy boot with easy access
  • Fuel economy and low carbon emissions
  • Agile handling
  • The appeal to both the business and family segments
What We Disliked
  • There was a fair amount of wind noise
  • The premium soft-touch dashboard was spoilt by the hard plastic below
  • Diesel engine was a little noisy when pushed hard
What We Would Like To See
  • Get rid of the hard plastic
  • A larger glovebox
Conclusion

The hatchback market is fiercely competitive and accounts for a third of all car sales in Europe each year. Peugeot believes its all-new 308 is the stand-out model in the segment thanks to its design, efficiency, quality and driving experience – only time will tell if those beliefs are justified.

8 January 2014 Maxine Ashford
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Peugeot 308 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedPeugeot Peugeot 308 HDi 92 Active
  
Body Type5-door Hatchback
ColourWhite
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph11.3 Seconds
Top Speed 113 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban62.8 mpg
Extra Urban83.1 mpg
Combined74.3 mpg
  
Insurance GroupTBC
Euro NCAP RatingTBC
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 08/01/14)£17,895 plus £1,535 optional extras

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