Roadtest: Peugeot 308 1.6 e-HDi – Blackcircles News

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Roadtest: Peugeot 308 1.6 e-HDi

The battle for the C-segment — that#8217;s family-sized hatchbacks, to you and me — market in the UK is crucial to all the manufacturers who sell cars in the highly competitive area. Currently it#8217;s dominated by the new VW Golf and the Ford Focus. Now Peugeot is eyeing a slice of the cake with its new 308.

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

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

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

The powerbase for the 308 range is also comprehensive. Ok, the range currently lacks any real eco-busting engines, but there#8217;s plenty of choice from the previous-gen Euro5 compliant units.

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

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

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

Inside the new 308#8242;s cabin, the fascia#8217;s dominated by a  9.7-inch touchscreen: it#8217;s the centrepoint of what Peugeot calls its i-Cockpit.

The big advantage of the new look is there#8217;s been a noticeable reduction in the number of knobs and dials, which have essentially been absorbed into the touchscreen.

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

The touchscreen itself is instantly intuitive and logical: it divides neatly into sub functions, each controlled by seven understandable buttons.

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

Peugeot 308

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

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

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

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

Don#8217;t get me wrong: it#8217;s swift enough, taking just a tad over 10secs to reach 62mph from standstill. And it#8217;ll carry on to a max of 119mph. But the car always feel sedate and chilled, which is terrific if that#8217;s what you#8217;re want.

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

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

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