Peugeot 308 Allure e-HDi 112: Road test review | AOL Cars UK

7 Jun 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Peugeot 308 Allure e-HDi 112: Road test review | AOL Cars UK
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Allure e-HDi Road test review

it or not, Peugeot’s 3-series has been around since and the 308 is the best-selling version.

Sales over 3.2 million worldwide and 229,000 have found UK Peugeot face-lifted its small model last year to the challenge from newer such as the Ford Focus.

To see if have succeeded, we spent a with the £19,665 Allure 1.6 112 hatch.

On the outside, at the same time of this new engine the 308 was subjected to a 508 face-lift.

The main changes are at the and include a shorter nose, the previous gaping look by a smaller, neater chrome-lined There are also smaller headlights and a more compact bumper with LED sidelights.

Inside, the spacious, airy is mainly unchanged, with a new set of dials and some piano detailing to freshen it up. In Allure there’s plenty of luxury but build quality isn’t up to European rivals.

The supportive which adjust for height are but the offset pedals and steering make it difficult to find a driving position.

Rear legroom for the 308 is just although even with the roof line there’s of headroom even for six-footers. The boot is a practical size, but has a loading sill.

In Allure the 308 is well-equipped as you’d expect a car costing almost £20,000, standard equipment including control, electric windows and alloy wheels and a glass

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The latest 308 isn’t just a new look, there’s also new technology in the form of Peugeot’s new ‘micro-hybrid’ technology. Basically, models pair a 110bhp diesel with a reversible and five-volt battery booster

Smoother than standard systems fitted to other we’ve tried, it allows the to be switched off for longer and there’s a handy ‘eco’ meter into the trip computer records how long you’re for each journey.

Sadly, the 308 e-HDi isn’t as as you might expect. In fact the hatchback that we drove on sized alloy wheels 118g/km of Co2 and returned 62.7mpg on the cycle.

The 110 bhp diesel engine puff but is a smooth, refined and performer. Where the 308 falls is that it rides too softly, the lacks feel and the six-speed gearbox feels imprecise.

So would we buy one? In a word, no. not convinced by the economy gains and the Focus is better to drive. The ride may be harder, but it handles and the steering feels sharper.

The is also the far more attractive car to at.

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