PEUGEOT

PEUGEOT 308 HATCHBACK 1.2 PureTech 130 Allure 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2128 g/km

The Peugeot 308 continues to deliver a well executed family hatchback formula that offers a focus on refinement, interior quality and efficiency. That's enough to keep it reasonably competitive against the Ford and Volkswagen class leaders, helped by the fact that the French brand has kept its engine technology well up to date. There's a level of self-confidence and, yes, desirability here that just works.

A DESIGN FOR LIFE

Peugeot's improved 308 remains a very competitive family hatch. Jonathan Crouch looks at the revised version.

Ten Second Review

The Peugeot 308 continues to deliver a well executed family hatchback formula that offers a focus on refinement, interior quality and efficiency. That's enough to keep it reasonably competitive against the Ford and Volkswagen class leaders, helped by the fact that the French brand has kept its engine technology well up to date. There's a level of self-confidence and, yes, desirability here that just works.

Background

This second generation 'T9'-series Peugeot 308 has been on sale since 2013, but the brand has continually improved it, most recently with the minor range of updates we look at here. So where does that leave this car? Well it depends what you look for in an Astra-sized family hatchback. If it's driving excitement, you'll find it in a Ford Focus. If it's sheer value, then you're more likely to be drawn towards cars like Hyundai's i30 or Kia's Ceed. But what if your priorities are a bit more relaxed? You want an expensive feel. An absorbent ride. A laid back demeanour. And a car that makes you feel you're in something much nicer. Perhaps, just perhaps, you want a 308. As before, the car runs on the PSA Group's hi-tech EMP2 ('Efficient Modular Platform 2'), underpinnings that support a smart, still classy-looking body. Should family hatch buyers still take this car seriously? Let's check it out.

Driving Experience

Peugeot has refined the mainstream 308 engine line-up down into the two units that actually sell, namely the 1.2-litre three cylinder PureTech petrol unit (offered in 110 and 130hp guises). And the 1.5-litre four cylinder BlueHDi diesel (offered in 130hp form). Both units are offered with an optional EAT8 auto gearbox. The full-fat GTi hot hatch still continues too, with its older petrol 1.6-litre THP unit in 260hp guise, with 340Nm of torque. Dynamically, the 308 has never really been a car for the hard charger. Instead, it's a family hatchback that's more about refinement and a relaxed gait. The suspension carries no great surprises, with a standard front strut and rear torsion beam arrangement. Peugeot has fitted rear trailing arms that allow greater longitudinal arc in the wheel travel. It sounds esoteric but it makes for a smoother ride when the rear wheels hit ridges or bumps. The electrically-assisted power steering is geared towards ease of use rather than detailed feedback but perhaps that's just as well. It makes the 308 very comfortable around town in the sort of usage it will mostly see.

Design and Build

There are no visual changes to this revised 308, but there are revised wheel designs and you can make the car look quite a lot different with a new 'Black pack' option, which enables you to change the majority of the exterior chrome trim to black. Otherwise, the five-door hatch and SW estate body styles are much as before, featuring a sleek bonnet that flows into a vertical grille that has a central Lion badge and the 'Peugeot' name sculpted into the upper trim. The elliptical headlights come with integrated daytime running light LEDs to produce a distinctive front light signature. This car has a mature, confident look. It's not trying too hard. We like that. The interior retains the 'i-Cockpit' design that sees the driver looking the instruments over the top of the steering wheel. What's different though, is the installation of a 10-inch instrument binnacle screen. And as usual, there's also a 9.7-inch centre dash colour monitor incorporating 'Mirror Screen' technology which allows you to connect in your smartphone using the 'Android Auto'/'MirrorLink' or 'Apple CarPlay' systems. There's also a fast-acting navigation system with voice control that connects into the TomTom real time traffic monitoring service. Other features are as before. The over-sized manual gear knob feels a bit awward but space all round is more than adequate and the 470-litre boot is excellent. If you need more space, there's a 308 SW estate variant with a 660-litre boot extendable to 1,660-litres with the rear bench folded.

Market and Model

There are two body styles - five-door hatch and SW estate. And prices range in the £22,000 to £32,000 bracket and there's a choice between five main trim levels ('Active Premium', 'Allure', 'Allure Premium', 'GT' and 'GT Premium'), plus the Gti. Even the most basic models include a 9.7-inch centre-dash capacitive touchscreen with 3D navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition. Plus there's air conditioning, remote central door locking, cruise control with speed limiter, a DAB digital radio, LED daylight running lights and rear parking sensors. The driving assistance portfolio is worthy of a car from a larger segment, including Adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function. And Peugeot's 'Visiopark with 180-degree' rear view camera and Park Assist function, which measures the parking space available and automatically steers the car in and out. Camera safety kit includes a latest-generation automatic emergency braking and collision risk warning system. And Active lane departure warning (or roadside warning) with lane correction from 40mph onwards. There's also Driver Attention Alert, Automatic Smart Beam Assist, Speed sign recognition and recommendation and an Active blind spot monitoring system

Cost of Ownership

The 308 has always been among the more efficient family hatches you could choose - and nothing's changed on that front. Let's get to the WLTP figures - which we'll quote for the hatch. The base petrol 1.2-litre PureTech 110hp versions manage up to 54.9mpg on the combined cycle and up to 132g/km of CO2. The 130hp 1.2-litre model manages up to 53.7mpg and the same CO2 reading. High-precision injection control on the PureTech Stop&Start unit enhances combustion efficiency: exhaust gases go through a catalytic converter then a passive-regeneration gasoline particle filter. And diesel? Well Peugeot's 1.5-litre BlueHDi four-cylinder unit implements at-source and at-exhaust emission control. Combustion efficiency is improved by a patented combustion chamber design, the efficacy of which was amply proven under competition conditions in the 24-hour Le Mans event. Further efficiency gains are afforded by the SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) pollution control system, fitted as close as possible to the engine for the fastest possible post-treatment action. As a result of all this, the 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 diesel manages up to 65.6mpg and 122g/km of CO2.

Summary

The Peugeot 308 has developed in an interesting manner. In many respects, it has quietly morphed into something very slick, something quintessentially French, despite being benchmarked against a Golf. If you enjoy flinging your car along the twistiest road you can find, a Focus will doubtless deliver a bigger hit. Having said that, the 308's laid-back demeanour and long-legged loping gait, attributes that hark back to classic Peugeots of the distant past, are actually qualities more in tune with the way we use cars today. Prices are a little higher than we'd like but aside from that, there aren't too many caveats. The diesel engines are hugely economical and the three-cylinder petrol units characterful and fun. Peugeot's biggest challenge will come in delivering three-year residual values that will make this 308 as affordable to run as a Golf. That's not the work of a moment, but if this 308 is anything to go by, the French company is certainly moving in the right direction.

  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Electric front/rear windows with one touch/auto up/down
  • Automatic triggered rear windscreen wiper in reverse gear
  • Front windscreen wiper with multi speed setting

  • Electronic parking brake + Hill assist
  • Front/rear disc brakes
  • Anti-lock Brake System + Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Emergency Brake Assit
  • Electronic Stability Programme

  • Bluetooth telephone facility

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Programmable cruise control and speed limiter

  • Service interval indicator
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Mirror screen with mirror link, apple carplay and andriod auto
  • Exterior temperature indicator with ice warning
  • 3D connected navigation
  • Peugeot i-cockpit with head-up instrument panel
  • Peugeot i-cockpit with compact multi-function steering wheel
  • PEUGEOT i-Cockpit with 9.7" capacitive touchscreen in centre console

  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Electric operated/heated door mirrors
  • Power folding door mirrors with courtesy approach lighting

  • Satin chrome dash trim

  • USB socket
  • Voice recognition for radio, navigation and telephony features
  • 6 speakers radio with mp3 compatible
  • Steering column mounted multifunction controls
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Chrome side window trim
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Radiator grille - chrome edge trim and with chrome central
  • Panoramic fixed cielo glass roof with electric interior blind
  • Roof mounted antenna

  • Side indicator lights integrated into door mirrors
  • LED daytime running lights built into the headlamp unit
  • 2 X Rear number plate lights
  • Rear LED Peugeot signature 'Claw Effect' lights
  • Headlights left on audible warning

  • Dual zone automatic climate control

  • Satin chrome interior door handles
  • 12V socket
  • Front centre console cup holders
  • Mistral full grain leather steering wheel
  • Satin chrome gear lever
  • Cupholders - 2 in rear centre armrest
  • Fixing rings 4 in load compartment
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Electric power steering with reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • 4 Grab handles retractable and damped
  • Door armrests and facia panels trimmed in mistral fabric
  • Central front armrest with height and longitudinal adjustment
  • Roof lining - light grey
  • 2x Rear coat hooks

  • Front interior light with 2 reading spotlights and rear interior light with timer

  • Visibility pack - 308

  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Tyre pressure sensor
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front three point retractable seatbelts with force limiters
  • Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags with passenger airbag deactivation function
  • 2x Isofix child seat fitting on outer rear seats
  • 3x Rear three-point retractable seatbelts with force limiters in the outer rear seats
  • Front optimised safety headrests and rear retractable headrests (x3), height adjustable

  • Driver and front passenger seat height adjustment
  • Seatbelt unfastened on the move audible and visual alert for front and rear seats
  • Driver and front passenger seat manual adjustment in longitudinal and back rest angle
  • Seatbelt unfastened warning display
  • Seatbelt not fastened audible and visual alert for front seats
  • Front seat back map pockets
  • 1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats

  • Deadlocking system
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote control central locking with two plip keys
  • Automatic door locking
  • Thatcham cat 1 ultrasonic alarm
  • Electronic code immobiliser
  • Automatic hazard light activation upon heavy brake application

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 17" Rubis diamond cut alloy wheels

  • Noise Level dB(A): 66
  • CO: 0.205
  • HC: 0.019
  • NOx: 0.024
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • CO2 (g/km): 102
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 128
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 175
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 118
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 107
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 130
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 160
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 128

  • Engine Code: EB2ADTS
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90.5
  • CC: 1199

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 43.5
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 64.2
  • EC Combined (mpg): 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 43.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 36.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 53.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 59.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 48.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 49.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 51.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 42.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.7

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Allure
  • Coin Description: PureTech 130
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 130
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.2
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 17E

  • Engine Power - KW: 96
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 170
  • Engine Torque - NM: 230
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 131
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.1
  • Top Speed: 117
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 23.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: RUBIS DIAMOND CUT
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True

  • Width (including mirrors): 2043
  • Height: 1457
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4253
  • Width: 1804
  • Wheelbase: 2620

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1203
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1745
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 53
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 470
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1300
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 580
  • Max. Loading Weight: 542
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1309

  • Visio Park 1 with 180 degree Colour reversing camera: £200

  • Peugeot connect SOS and assistance: £250

  • CD player: £120

  • Special solid paint: £275
  • Metallic paint: £545
  • Pearlescent paint: £695
  • Special paint: £695
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Halogen foglights: Included
  • Halogen headlights: Included
  • Full LED headlights with LED fog lights, sequential LED indicators, sports front bumper and Self-levelling headlights: £850

  • Rear armrest with ski flap and two cup holders: Included
  • Oxford cloth/Leather upholstery: Included
  • Leather upholstery with heated front sports seats, electric front lumbar adjust and massage + rear armrest w/ski flap: £1,500

  • Metallic - Cumulus grey: £545
  • Metallic - Magnetic blue: £545
  • Metallic - Nera black: £545
  • Metallic - Nimbus grey: £545
  • Metallic - Twilight blue: £545

  • Pearl - White: £695

  • Solid - Hurricane grey: £0

  • Special Paint - Ultimate Red: £695
  • Special solid - Bianca white: £275

  • Sports style front seats with elongated cushion bases and increased side support: Included
  • Driver seat lumbar adjustment: Included

  • Peugeot Open and Go System includes keyless entry with start/stop button and USB charger at rear: £350

  • Detachable towbar with 13 pin + Trailer Sway Mitigation: £550

  • Leather - Mistral black with heated front sports seats, electric front lumbar adjust and massage + rear armrest w/ski flap: £1,500

  • Oxford cloth/Leather - Black: £0

  • Steel space saver spare wheel: Included
  • Full size spare wheel: £100

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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