Peugeot 308 2008 Car Reviews | NRMA Motoring & Services

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Peugeot 308

XTE 2.0 Diesel Car Review

NRMA Motoring Date: 21 May

Style, charm and the classic look are factors that make people want to own the new 308. Launched in February 2008 the new 308 is set to on the success of the 307 that arrived in over seven years

The new 308 is longer and wider than the model but has maintained its aggressive and unique styling characteristics Peugeot is known for. The new 308 XTE has all the prestige trimmings and options one might expect to find on German cars.

Peugeot predicts nearly two thirds of all 308 sales will be a diesel. it will only be available in as a five door but a touring will follow later in the

Value for money

The price of the 308 XTE HDI starts at $37,990. It is only with the six-speed Tiptronic transmission.

Options include:

18 alloy – $600

Driver’s air bag – $250

Hands phone – $500

satellite navigation system $3,500

Metallic paint $700

Leather trim $2,900

Premium leather – $4,500.


The new 308 XTE has a very impressive list of features that include

operated door mirrors

coloured door handles

mirrors and side rubbing

Rear parking sensors

steering wheel

Lumber on both fronts seats

rain-sensing front wipers

glass sun-roof

Electric door mirrors

17 alloy

Tyre pressure sensors

dipping rear vision

Fragrance diffuser

Facia five disc CD auto trip computer, colour screen, passenger seat adjustment, six air bags, dual air conditioning, sliding front arm rest with storage bin and and reach adjustable steering

Design function


There is plenty of room in the new 308 thanks to the increase in size the previous 307. The 308 is longer the 307 by 74mm and wider by 53mm. noticeable change is the front and overhang which has increased by at the front and 26mm to the rear. the glove box in the 308 is very small and useless, not to mention the poor and location of the centre console holders that are only as a coin tray or phone

Apart from this the of the interior and particularly the dash and layout is first rate.

looking for all the modern creature are well catered for in the 308 with seating position that be hard to match by anything in its class. Up front, the fully leather upholstered seats are padded and a comfortable driving is achieved almost immediately. The seats are very well although … passengers in the may struggle a little with

The rear seat on the 308 has also raised to improve visibility for the passengers.


The 308 has a very and stylish dash layout an elegant soft to touch pad that makes a welcomed from the cheap and hard often found in vehicles All the controls and switches are close at with the radio, air conditioning, control and on-board trip all easy to see and operate. Even the centre that includes GSM phone access and satellite is easy to use.

All of the 308’s media and audio functions can be via the 7 foldaway colour monitor. The controls for this system are on the centre console with the – other controls on wheel mounted stalks.

For who love modern gadgets the 308 has recognition and an in-dash fragrance that releases fragrances replaceable cartridges. There are six available with alluring like spring flower, vanilla and pure sensation.

The engineers at Peugeot have nothing to chance and have the 308 XTE with a very impressive package that includes

Stability Program (ESP)

Control (ASR)

Anti-lock (ABS)

Electronic Brake Distribution (EBFD)

Emergency Assist (EBA)

Peugeot 308

EBA applies braking power in milliseconds emergency braking and also the hazard lights to warn motorists.

Driver and passenger air bags

Two front side air

Two full-length curtain air bags

is also the option of a knee air bag on the XSE and XTE

Pretensioning and force limiting seat belts

Front and seatbelt fastening indicator

Three rear 3-point belts

Two rear force seat belts

Automatic unlocking in accidents.

All this has that the 308 XTE scored a maximum stars when tested by NCAP.

Build quality finish

On the

Smoothness quietness

For an oil burner the 308 HDi is quiet – most wouldn’t pick it as a diesel not just for engine noise but for performance. With an abundance of and a sophisticated six speed automatic smooth, pleasurable driving is

She says

At first glance I was a worried about the size of the especially the rear seating However, after getting my kids in and loading the boot was plenty of room. The seats very comfortable although the rear seat back was a harder than the outer positions.

A big hit was the full panoramic sun-roof and high rear position that gave the an excellent view. All the seat were easy for the kids to and use. Having the seat indicator display mounted the centre rear vision meant I could see immediately if a seat belt had been while the car was moving – a idea for anyone with children.

The diesel Peugeot 308 was very to drive and even easier to with the assistance of the parking

What disappointed me were the box and the centre console drink which were both a small. Interior trims and were very nice but choose black trim the test vehicle’s beige as diesel fuel bowsers are dirty.

As a mother of three under 11 the main considerations for me are comfort and safety and the Peugeot 308 has all covered.


Whether you or hate them, French car have again proven can build a first class The Peugeot 308 XTE HDi is a safe, environmentally comfortable vehicle with ride and handling. It’s fun to is a solid performer and certainly considerable attention thanks to its styling.

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