Peugeot 308 XSE

22 Jun 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Peugeot 308 XSE
Peugeot 308

Jaedene Hudson and Joshua

The car: Peugeot 308 XSE

The price:

Vital statistics: 1.6-litre, petrol with four-speed transmission.

Power and torque: and 160Nm.

Consumption and emissions: and 174g/km.

He: Peugeot has released a new of its popular small hatch. The 308 the 307. It went on sale this year but we got reacquainted it during our Drive Car of the Year

What did you think?

She: we didn’t get reacquainted because didn’t have any 308s when we asked earlier in the So it was our first chance to sample it. I was surprised.

I liked it more than I I would.

He: Do you think Peugeot was about the quality of previous

She: Possibly. We have on several occasions the quality and issues previous models had. But my understanding is the company is of most of these and is working on

He: It’s a shame there is a mark over quality in every other regard are nice cars. They great, have excellent credentials and are a delight to drive. experienced a few problems with new-generation cars and hear readers from time to

I must say, though, the new certainly seemed better.

The perception of quality in the cabin is however I found the fit and finish was a bit with a few panels not matching up. Of none of this is likely to you stranded but it’s not a good on a luxury car.

He: I really the interior layout, it looked And I liked the technical grain on the and doors. The only problems I were a lot of reflection in the windscreen of the dash (not a problem the dark dash) and a few of us during the bumped our heads on the low roof as we got in and

She: I thought the dials easy to read, the seats comfortable but could do with bolstering. I liked the way it drove.

He: no doubt it is one of the most sure-footed in the small-car class. But I’m not so if the decision to go for a small engine four-cylinder) for better economy necessarily deliver that.

She: The problem is the poor 1.6 has to work so hard, it ends up as much fuel as a bigger The fuel rating label for the 1.6 auto says 7.3 litres/100km for example, a Toyota Corolla 1.8 hatch shows 7.7L/100km. But in the world the results are opposite; the ends up using slightly than the Corolla.

He: And the other the Peugeot 308 requires the more premium unleaded, according to the Government’s Green Vehicle

She: I know these supposed to be race cars but the 0-to-100kmh claim is 12.9 This makes it slower most class rivals. The of urge from the engine was apparent on the hilly section of our test loop.

The 308 would be fine if you don’t in a steep area, though.

He: At it steers well around the Peugeot had lost its way for a while but the we tested shows the trademark handling is back.

She: I the 308 but it’s a shame the base (called XS and priced from with auto) doesn’t get control as standard – a $450 option. And a driver’s airbag is a $250 option on 308 models. At least they all get airbags and a five-star Euro rating.

He: With all that in mind you buy or recommend one?

She: For me the is a bit steep. I’d probably go for a with the optional safety or if I wanted a European car I’d go for the Golf. You?

He: Tough I love the look but would something with a bit more for the money.

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