Roadtest: Peugeot 308 1.6 e-HDi – Blackcircles News

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Roadtest: Peugeot 308 1.6 e-HDi

The for the C-segment — that#8217;s family-sized to you and me — market in the UK is crucial to all the manufacturers who cars in the highly competitive Currently it#8217;s dominated by the new VW and the Ford Focus. Now Peugeot is a slice of the cake with its new

And on the face of it, things look good. It#8217;s 140kg than the outgoing model, to wider use of aluminium and composites.

It sits more squat to the with wheels tucked far out into each corner, and reduced noticeably. In fact, the new 308 has a of 2620mm within a body measure 4250mm long. Not bad at

And being lower and wider, the new also has a lower centre of to its predecessor, boost the car#8217;s and aerodynamics.

The powerbase for the 308 range is comprehensive. Ok, the range currently any real eco-busting engines, but plenty of choice from the Euro5 compliant units.

There are two petrols — the 1.2-litre VTi and — plus two versions of the 1.6HDI

We test the more powerful of the the 115bhp version which 74.3mpg and 98g/km of CO2.

The news is — but you#8217;ll have to for it — a  turbocharged version of the e-THP arrives early next Even better are the 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesels, which will emissions and consumption figures to new at 82g/km CO2 and 91mpg. Pretty

Inside the new 308#8242;s cabin, the dominated by a  9.7-inch touchscreen: the centrepoint of what Peugeot its i-Cockpit.

The big advantage of the new look is been a noticeable reduction in the of knobs and dials, which essentially been absorbed the touchscreen.

It certainly makes for a uncluttered look on the fascia. And the is further enhanced in that that have been are rather stylish and good-looking.

The itself is instantly intuitive and it divides neatly into sub each controlled by seven buttons.

If there are criticisms, it#8217;s the volume knob — something, face it, that you#8217;re to touch quite a bit — doesn#8217;t the highest-quality tactile feel to it: and a rather plasticky feel to of the trim materials in the cabin, rather takes the edge off of the positives.

Peugeot 308

Peugeot has also changes to the car#8217;s packaging. The has been increased to 435 litres, a further 35 litres tucked the boot floor.

However, Peugeot giveth one hand, and taketh with the rear passenger space is on the side, with anyone than, say, 5ft 9in finding it a fit.

Get the little diesel and you#8217;re rewarded with a which clearly does you#8217;re going to need a family-type hatch.

The engine has been dulled, thanks to use of new soundproofing, and at all times it has that French, relaxed attitude to

Don#8217;t get me wrong: it#8217;s enough, taking just a tad 10secs to reach 62mph standstill. And it#8217;ll carry on to a max of But the car always feel sedate and which is terrific if that#8217;s you#8217;re want.

With UK prices expected to around £14,600, when the drive versions start to our shores, the new 308 is leaps and bounds of the outgoing model.

But is it good to on the established models from the of Ford and VW? We#8217;ll reserve on that until we get our hands on a model.

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