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Peugeot 308

Peugeot 308

XTE 2.0 Diesel Car Review

Author: NRMA Motoring Date: 21 May 2008

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

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

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

Value for money

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

Options include:

18 alloy wheels – $600

Driver’s knee air bag – $250

Hands free phone – $500

Multi-media satellite navigation system – $3,500

Metallic paint – $700

Leather trim – $2,900

Premium leather trim – $4,500.

Standard features

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

Electrically operated door mirrors

Body coloured door handles

Exterior mirrors and side rubbing moulds

Rear parking sensors

Leather steering wheel

Lumber support on both fronts seats

Automatic rain-sensing front wipers

Panoramic glass sun-roof

Electric folding door mirrors

17 alloy wheels

Tyre pressure sensors

Auto dipping rear vision mirrors

Fragrance diffuser

Facia mounted five disc CD auto changer, trip computer, colour display screen, passenger seat height adjustment, six air bags, dual zone air conditioning, sliding front centre arm rest with storage bin and height and reach adjustable steering wheel.

Design function

Space practicality

There is plenty of room in the new Peugeot 308 thanks to the increase in size over the previous 307. The 308 is longer than the 307 by 74mm and wider by 53mm. Another noticeable change is the front and rear overhang which has increased by 48mm at the front and 26mm to the rear. Surprisingly the glove box in the 308 is very small and almost useless, not to mention the poor design and location of the centre console drink holders that are only handy as a coin tray or phone holder.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Electronic Stability Program (ESP)

Traction Control (ASR)

Anti-lock brakes (ABS)

Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBFD)

Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)

Peugeot 308

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

Driver and passenger front air bags

Two front side air bags

Two full-length curtain air bags

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

Pretensioning and force limiting front seat belts

Front and rear seatbelt fastening indicator lights

Three rear 3-point seats belts

Two rear force limiting seat belts

Automatic door unlocking in accidents.

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

Build quality finish

On the road

Smoothness quietness

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

She says

At first glance I was a little worried about the size of the 308, especially the rear seating positions. However, after getting my three kids in and loading the boot there was plenty of room. The seats were very comfortable although the centre rear seat back was a little harder than the outer seating positions.

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

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

What disappointed me were the glove box and the centre console drink holder, which were both a little small. Interior trims and textures were very nice but I’d choose black trim over the test vehicle’s beige especially as diesel fuel bowsers are pretty dirty.

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


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

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