Inside, things have moved up a gear thanks to some novel flourishes such as for instance Peugeot’s minimalist i-Cockpit layout featuring a sizable 9.7-inch touchscreen in the place of the typical scattering of buttons and switches. In keeping with other Peugeots, you look over, rather than through, the small tyre to start to see the instruments – it’s a unique touch, and something you’ll either get on with or won’t.
The GT uses leather and aluminum pedals to simply help ease some of these inexpensive sensitive plastics. Sitting on a Volkswagen Golf. This enables the Peugeot to shorten the buttons on the typical control panel, but the machine is just a bit awkward to make use of and extremely tough to navigate, despite having the newest graphics of the face-stitched 308. You may also find cheap plastics. The Peugeot 308 is designed with a smart interior, in which all models are dominated with a large central touchscreen, including entry-level entry trim.
Fortunately, in lots of ways it is, and the Peugeot 308 is unquestionably worth taking into consideration for your following hatchback. To complete well against this crowd, the 308 needs to be special. It is a handsome car, for a start. Following a facelift, the Peugeot 308 now features a stronger-looking nose and tasteful details throughout, including stylish alloy wheels, chrome body touches and smart LED lights. A corner advantages of Peugeot’s new claw-style tail-lights, which are usually illuminated and Peugeot look really eye-catching. In addition there’s the striking Mazda3, the Skoda Octavia using its immensely practical boot, the Hyundai i30 with its long five-year warranty and the Kia Ceed, with an even more generous seven-year warranty than the i30.
It’s slightly more refined, though. There exists a 99bhp version, which should be better compared to old 99bhp 1.6 just for the actual fact it includes a more flexible six-speed gearbox as standard. The 128bhp version is slightly more powerful than most potent outgoing 1.6, although the performance difference is unlikely to be noticeable. The 1.5 feels largely like the outgoing 1.6. The main advantage is that it uses Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to cut back harmful local emissions.
The product range now begins with a 108bhp turbo PureTech 110, which manages 0-62mph in 11.1 seconds, has a high speed of 117mph and offers 205Nm of torque delivered from just 1,500rpm. The 1.2-litre was once obtainable in non-turbo 81bhp guise, but this is dropped in 2017. The 2.0-litre engine, was offered with 148bhp for some time, however now it just is available in 178bhp BlueHDi 180 guise. The 1.2-litre engine is virtually inaudible at idle and remains muted when extended, but there’s a distant offbeat growl because the rev counter hits the red line. The petrol engine choices are Peugeot’s 1.2 PureTech turbo three-cylinder and 1.6 PureTech four cylinder.
Overall, Peugeot was the strongest-ranking French brand again, finishing 8th out of 30 manufacturers. The Peugeot 308 came 63rd within our 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey of the very best 75 cars currently for sale in the UK. The 308 is a functional and stylish hatchback but there is a much better all-rounder in its class in the shape of the Volkswagen Golf, along with cars that trump it in specific areas – the Honda Civic is much better to operate a vehicle, for example. Peugeot includes a good reputation for safety and the 308 isn’t any exception, getting a five-star crash-test rating from Euro NCAP.
Even yet in the conventional range, you’re not short of preference of petrol or diesel engines. There are some excellent petrol engines, too, like the 1.2-litre PureTech 130, which can return 51.9mpg and emits 100-108g/km as a result of its turbocharged, three-cylinder design and small size. A 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 diesel, which could return an extraordinary 62.7mpg on the brand new WLTP cycle and emits 92-100g/km of CO2, has replaced the old 1.6-litre BlueHDi.
If you would like real 308 fun, you’ll need to go up to the GTi hot hatch model, which we’ve reviewed separately. That’s not to imply it is a softly sprung plodder; it’s actually agile and fun to drive. However, it does trail more engaging cars such as the SEAT Leon, Honda Civic and Ford Focus. New upholstery finishes, smarter touchscreen graphics and updated services including TomTom Live traffic updates, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone users help bring the 308 bang updated, but i-Cockpit isn’t quite as successful here as it is in the larger Peugeot 3008. The small steering wheel touched on earlier suggests a sporty car, but the 308 is very much comfort-orientated.
It also has a 308 speed limiter and a zipper reminiscent of a chair belt that covers the front and rear seats. Safety features such as for instance six airbags and front seat belts mean Peugeot holds up well in a car crash, and the car was awarded the full five stars when tested by Euro NCAP. Safety technology has further enhanced the face-lift model, now the AEB system works at speeds as high as 87 mph, adaptive cruise control now works on slow-moving vehicles. According to Driver Power, the Peugeot 308 is fairly reliable, but the level of security can also be impressive. The customer also chooses to identify 2021 Peugeot 308 road safety and road signs for initially within an additional safety package.