The Peugeot 308 is the French manufacturer’s entry into the incredibly crowded family hatchback marketplace. With so much competition from key rivals such as the Ford Focus, and the Volkswagen Golf, it was important for Peugeot when they updated the 308 in 2013 to get it right. The previous 308, which was introduced in 2008 was pretty underwhelming, but the post-2013 model is a well thought out package. It’s spacious, economical, and safe. It might not be as good to drive as some of its rivals, but few family buyers will be disappointed with the stylish 308.
Quality design, spacious boot, and plenty of standard kit
Like nearly all modern Peugeot’s, the interior of the 308 is a contemporary well-designed affair. Materials used are of genuine quality, and there’s more than enough storage space for families.
The dashboard of the 308 is one of the most unique in the family hatchback market. It takes a lot to stand out with so many rivals, but the 308 manages to do just that. The dials are unusually placed above the small steering wheel, which is reminiscent of a spaceship, whilst the quality of materials is pretty impressive. It’s not quite at the same standard as a Volkswagen Golf, but the design is without doubt more interesting.
Space wise, the 308 is one of the class leaders. With a 470 litre boot capacity, it’s much bigger than the Ford Focus (316 litres), the Vauxhall Astra (351 litres), and the Volkswagen Golf (380 litres). That means more room for shopping, and there’s ample room for a large pram, or even a couple of large suitcases. There are few family hatchbacks that match the 308 for practicality.
Equipment levels in the 308 are also impressive, with even basic trims getting generous kit. The Active trim offers the best value in the range, with alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, parking sensors, and cruise control all included. This trim level also gets an excellent infotainment system that powers the DAB radio, USB, Bluetooth connectivity, and sat-nav.
The inside of the 308 really is a good package. There’s a beautiful contemporary cabin, good quality materials, class-leading space, and generous equipment. It’s hard to improve on what the 308 can offer.
On The Road
Comfortable ride, but not as fun as some
The Peugeot 308 is a family hatchback that values comfort over driver engagement. This is fairly evident as soon as you get behind the wheel of the 308. Steering is good around town as it’s nice and light, which makes parking and coping with city traffic easy. At higher speeds however it’s not as precise as it could be, and it’s nowhere near as engaging as a Ford Focus.
Comfort is one area in which the 308 really excels. The soft suspension system that stops the 308 being a hoot to drive, makes the 308 extremely comfortable. The 308 copes well with all but the roughest of road surfaces, and all but the worst potholes. It performs pretty well on motorways as well, with little road and wind noise. It really is a refined ride, and is ideal for those who will use the 308 regularly at higher speeds.
Gearbox options in the 308 come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a six speed manual transmission that performs pretty well in any situation. The optional six speed automatic on offer is equally impressive, and it’ll also save you money in the long run as it offers better fuel economy.
Good range of economical, flexible engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your 308 you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s some impressively efficient green diesels on offer, as well as a hot hatch version for petrolheads.
If it’s power that you want from your 308, the stand-out engine in the range is the petrol-powered 1.6 litre e-THP 205 GT. With 205bhp, a 308 in this guise will get you from 0-62mph in just 7.5 seconds. It’s not quite as quick as some of the hot hatches on offer from competitors, but it’s still enough grunt to put a smile on most drivers faces.
Eco-friendly buyers will be pleased to know that there’s a green-focused car in the 308 range. The diesel powered 1.6 litre BlueHDi 120 is one of the greenest cars in the family hatchback class. With just 82g/km of CO2 emissions, you’ll be helping to save the planet, as well as helping yourself to free road tax. This model is also the best for money-savers. With an astonishing 91.1mpg on offer, it’s also one of the most efficient cars in its class. It really is an astonishing engine.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your 308, you’re going to get a green, efficient car that’s cheap to run day-to-day. Even the hot hatch version of the 308 returns over 50mpg, so buyers will without doubt be getting good value for money.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, good standard safety kit
Like nearly every car in its class, the 308 easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 92% in adult safety, 79% in child safety, and 64% in pedestrian safety, the 308 is one of the safest cars in its class. In addition, there’s lot of safety kit available. Even on the most basic 308 you’re going to get six airbags, and a speed limiter. An upgrade to the Driver Assistance pack is a good value upgrade as it includes active cruise control, and an automatic emergency city braking system.
Value for money
Great value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Peugeot 308 offers family buyers great value for money. This obviously varies from model to model, but generally speaking C02 emissions are low throughout the range, and fuel efficiency figures are pleasingly high. The BlueHDi diesels are sure to be popular with a lot of money-savers as they’re unbelievably efficient, as well as being green.
Insurance costs in the 308 are also good value. This again depends upon which trim level and which engine you go for, but you won’t be paying more than you would for comparative cars from other manufacturers. The cheapest model in the range is the entry-level 1.2 VTi Access, which is in group 9, whilst the most expensive is the range-topping 2.0 BlueHDi Feline, which is in group 26.
Depreciation is a factor with the 308, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Peugeot 308 is a pretty solid competitor in the vastly overcrowded family hatchback sector. It features a high quality interior, efficient engines, a comfortable ride, and a solid safety record. It might not be as fun to drive as some rivals, but it is without doubt good value for money.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.