Peugeot 308 review, price and specs | evo

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Peugeot 308

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The new Peugeot 308 hatchback rivals the VW on quality and the Ford Focus its handling prowess


What is it?

The new, mk2 Peugeot 308, the company’s new rival for the Ford VW Golf. Vauxhall Astra, A3 et al. Despite keeping the name of its ugly predecessor, the new 308 is part of determined pitch upmarket is intended to distance it from and make more money PSA badly needs to generate). The stays because it’s rivals tend to keep the name through generations, and the 309 has been used.

Also, eight is a lucky in China which is becoming a big for PSA.

Underpinning the new 308 is the EMP2 a modular one so far seen only in the and taller Citroen C4 Picasso. It the new 308 to be slightly shorter, wider and than the last one, a longer wheelbase and reduced This helps give the new car proportions, helped by a rising a broad, squat tail and a outline whose vertical edge is redolent of that style talisman yes the three-door

Technical highlights?

The new 308 is around lighter than before. lightness comes partly the use of aluminium for bonnet, front and front suspension arms, a tailgate, and a composite boot whose moulded-in steel are welded into the main during the latter’s construction. As as the familiar Peugeot engine now subtly massaged by replacing the non-turbo 1.6 with a 123bhp, turbo version, turbocharged three-cylinders with 108 or 128bhp follow.

Other techy stuff LED headlights on top models and a large touchscreen whose menu-driven with seven access include all the air-con, satnav, and other multimedia. Unusually, the six-speed automatic gearbox is an torque-converter unit, not a double-clutch Peugeot promises comparable quality, alertness and efficiency.

it like to drive?

First thing you notice is the small, low-set steering with the instruments viewed rather than through, it. is the idea seen first in the 208, but it works better with the dials properly from a conventionally comfortable position.

Then you take in is a nicely finished cabin a stark, smooth, minimalist sumptuous seats (a massage is optional, unusual on a car this and that striking, aluminium-look-edged display panel. There’s an parking brake too, that’s par for the course on mainstream nowadays. Intriguingly, the rev-counter rotates anti-clockwise, like an Martin’s.

Peugeot 308

We tried four of which two will interest evo First off, the familiar petrol turbo, which pretty keen here to the 1165kg kerb weight, and is very smooth and quiet. But the 2.0-litre turbodiesel makes a case for itself, too, terrific low-end punch and a easy squirtability.

Best of all, though, is despite the seemingly simple strut/rear torsion beam the 308 is brilliant in the bends on this impression.

Its steering is quick, and credibly weighted, and despite the steering wheel it has none of the over-light feel that some 208s. Yet better, the end bites tenaciously, understeer is the tail can be teased out with a lift, and bends are strung with a lightness of touch and a of poise not found in a mid-size hatch since the 306.

As in the better past Peugeots, a mix here of suppleness over and crispness in bends that’s beguiling and which we didn’t expect. The ride is also good indeed, as is road isolation. It all bodes well for the should Peugeot decide to put the Focus ST rivalling hot hatch production.

How does it compare?

and handling-wise it this first suggests the 308 is as good as the best in possibly better. Quality-wise, an impressive effort and the equal of a if slightly sub-Audi for perceived thanks to leather-look grains on hard plastics which match those on the soft of dashboard and door cappings. In it’s very competitive and an excellent reason not to assume desirable hatchbacks are most to come from Germany.

Anything else I need to

UK sales start next an automatic emergency braking is optional, the most frugal 1.6 emits just 82g/km and prices will start £14,700 for the cheapest 308 (a 1.2-litre, 81bhp Access). An SW estate later, but we’re unsure on the 308 CC will be replaced.

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