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Peugeot 308

e-HDI 115bhp CAR review

By Phil McNamara


28 August 2013

Peugeot’s new midsize hatchback, the 308 goes on UK sale in January does not have a ‘sport’ No variable rate steering, no damping that varies the from spine-impacting to mild no myriad engine maps. And in microcosm, is the essence of this it is set up to get you from A to B simply, comfortably, and fuel efficiently. Like cars of old in fact, and there’s nothing wrong with

Prices will start £14,500 for the 82bhp, 1.2-litre model: we tested the pricier, 1.6-litre petrol and diesel

That’s not a Peugeot, that’s a ja?

Look at the 308’s flanks, and it be a Golf, with its triangular pillar, tall glasshouse and sheet metal. The rear anonymous-Japanese-hatch but with Peugeot’s C-shaped lamps grafted on; the front has any presence with its bonnet, chrome grille and headlamps. This is a neat and conservative design that desperately not to offend, but at the same it sacrifices the presence and flair of the

Is the interior an improvement?

Peugeot is it safe, and seeking to attract the middle-class Golf customer. The is pared back like the but in a way that feels progressive and out. Old-school buttons are aside from a few token like hazard warning and the parking brake.

No stereo knobs to twiddle, no air con to adjust to that nearest pretty much every is controlled via the intuitive touchscreen (if among the 90% of UK customers who go for trim 2 and above, which includes navigation).

The cabin is a clean, fabulous environment, with feeling, durable materials, together with precision much like a Golf There is one admission to Peugeot the 208’s button-sized steering reappears, positioned beneath a binnacle, designed to help keep their eyes on the There was a consensus among the journalists on the launch that it was to achieve a decent, low driving without having the wheel the dials, unlike with the

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What’s it like to drive?

is the Lionel Richie of driving easy like Sunday The electrically assisted power is lighter than Breeze AM, and to take its time as it floats lock to lock. This to discourage vigorous driving the front end can summon decent if you want to get all aggressive in corners but the 308 is best-enjoyed at a relaxed pace.

says it worked hard to noise, and the 308 is a supremely refined At motorway speeds, tyre from the 18-inch Michelin Sports is smothered, the petrol or engine’s low resonance fractionally audible, along with a of wind noise. There’s one car that’s as genteel – that Golf again.

And the 308 rides well, undulating over bumps and ridges, the downside is roly-poly cornering.

The petrol is workmanlike, mustering with a characterless drone, and to 6000rpm through six, gears. It feels reasonably 0-62mph takes 8sec, but muster 49mpg on the combined Despite taking 10.2sec to 62mph, the diesel is more with 200lb ft of torque a decent surge, and more gearchanges boosting involvement. e-HDI 115 drinks 74.3mpg on the cycle, and emits 95g/km of

But this unit will be by a Euro 6 compliant, 120bhp from spring 2014, of a lofty 91mpg. A turbocharged 1.2 arrives at much the same with 110 or 130bhp.

A new six-speed automatic is on the way too, but a torque converter rather a high-tech dual-clutch unit. And the Peugeot pensions off its obstructive ‘boxes, with a throw so the cogs are seemingly in different the better. The brake pedal displays Peugeot’s hallmark before biting too: a shame these critical points undermine the sharpness of the

Because in other ways, the 308 is on the it packs sufficient cabin into a footprint smaller the outgoing car’s, has a 470-litre that’s biggest in class, and 140kg less than its


Has Peugeot done to flay Ford and vault VW? pricing should make it a expect to pay £17k for a lower 1.6 with touchscreen and nav. But the 308 is too of a mixed bag.

For a company for exterior design, the 308’s is a disappointment; conversely, the progressive, high quality interior is a If you consider yourself a sporty look away now, but if you life at a relaxed pace, Peugeot’s new hatchback should be on shopping list. Just for the new engines.

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