PEUGEOT

PEUGEOT 308 HATCHBACK 1.2 PureTech Allure Premium 5dr EAT8

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2122 g/km

Peugeot's 308 family hatch gets far more polish in this third generation guise, with smarter packaging, extra engineering options and a bit more useful technology. The result is a more desirable product than you might expect from this familiar Gallic brand. You might be surprised at how much you'd like it.

A GREATER EIGHT

Peugeot's third generation 308 is much improved. Jonathan Crouch takes a look

Ten Second Review

Peugeot's 308 family hatch gets far more polish in this third generation guise, with smarter packaging, extra engineering options and a bit more useful technology. The result is a more desirable product than you might expect from this familiar Gallic brand. You might be surprised at how much you'd like it.

Background

You might not have ever thought of the Peugeot 308 family hatch as being truly aspirational but maybe it's time to start. Peugeot's been making Focus-class models for half a century and we're already on the third generation of the one badged '308'. This is the most up-market version yet, in keeping with the Peugeot brand's more premium positioning within the new Stellantis Group formed by the merger of PSA and Fiat. The last 308 wasn't really a car many customers would have chosen in preference to a Golf, let alone anything premium, but this MK3 version might be. Everything's different - even the front Peugeot grille badge. And the sharky looks clothe a cabin that could just be the segment's most sophisticated. Premium values with mainstream value? Is that what we've got here? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, there's a mix of something old and something new. Familiarity comes with the conventional petrol unit, an updated version of the brand's usual PureTech three cylinder 1.2-litre powerplant and available with 130hp. Peugeot is also still offering its usual 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel in 130hp form. Both these two mainstream engines are being offered only with 80-speed EAT8 auto transmission. As for what's new, well inevitably it's electrified. There are two petrol Plug-in Hybrid units, starting with the Hybrid 180 model which combines a 150hp PureTech petrol engine with a 109hp electric motor and a 12.4kWh battery smaller than that in the 3008 SUV, but large enough to take the car up to 44 miles between charges. The same range is also possible from the alternative Hybrid 225 variant, which combines a 180bhp petrol engine with the same 109bhp electric motor for a maximum combined power output of 225hp. What about autonomous drive technology? After all, a car of this kind these days isn't quite complete without it To satisfy this need, the French maker is offering its 'Peugeot Drive Assist 2.0' set-up. Previously, PSA Group tech relied on stop-and-go cruise control and lane-keep assist, but this evolved set-up can now automatically adapt the speed of the car around corners, operating at speeds up to 112mph.

Design and Build

This third generation 308 certainly makes a pavement statement. As before, there are hatch and estate body styles, both of which have plenty of overtaking presence. There's a longer-looking bonnet and a lower-looking nose bearing the latest, rather different Peugeot badge on its grille. Flanking this are slimmer LED headlights complemented by Peugeot's fang-like LED daytime running lights. In profile, existing owners might notice the extra 11mm of length and the prominent creases that have appeared over the wheel arches, which sit below a stronger shoulder line. At the rear, there are tail lights with three 'claw' style lighting elements. And inside? Well if you thought the exterior was different, take a look in the cabin. Yes, there's still Peugeot's i-Cockpit layout with its small steering wheel, but that now sits beneath a completely new digital instrument panel, with clever 3D image tech borrowed from the brand's smaller 208 supermini. The tall, sloping dashboard features a sharp-looking 10-inch touchscreen display which has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity and is available in two forms - basic 'i-Connect' and more sophisticated 'i-Connect plus', which offers widescreen navigation from TomTom. Bottom of Form Beneath this monitor is a row of freely configurable touch-sensitive controls, called 'i-Toggles'. Each one offers a shortcut to a major function, such as radio, climate control or 'phone. Out back, a 55mm wheelbase increase makes the rear cabin noticeably more spacious than before. And boot space for the hatch is rated at 412-litres, better than most class rivals. If you want more, you'll need the alternative SW estate, which offers 608-litres before you start folding seats.

Market and Model

To reflect all the fresh technology, prices have risen a little. Expect a starting point for the hatch of just over £24,000, with the brand's usual 'Active Premium', 'Allure', 'Allure Premium', 'GT' and 'GT Premium' trim levels. There's no GTi this time round. There'll just be the two body styles to start with - hatch and SW estate (the latter starting from around £25,500). There are no plans to reprise the Cabriolet body shape that featured with the first generation 308. For the asking figures, you get plenty of extra safety tech, including a long-range blind-spot-monitoring function, rear cross traffic alert and a reversing camera with a 180-degree field of view. There's also automatic high-beam and traffic sign recognition. If you go for an EAT8 auto variant, you can have Adaptive cruise control with a full stop-and-go function. Manual versions can also modulate distance to the car ahead, but not below speeds of 19mph. Across the range, a 360-degree top-down style surround view camera is also offered. If you want to add luxury touches, your dealer will offer you nappa leather upholstery and powered, massaging seats. From 'GT' trim upwards, there's also a clever cabin air filtration system designed to keep polluting gasses and particles out, with the cabin air quality level displayed on the centre-dash screen.

Cost of Ownership

The PureTech and BlueHDi diesel petrol engines deliver very similar WLTP efficiency figures to those of the same units in the previous generation version of this car. Think up to 52.1mpg on the combined cycle and up to 122g/km of CO2 for the PureTech 130 engine; and up to 65.4mpg and up to 113g/km of CO2 for the 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 diesel. This latest car's chassis (an evolved version of the PSA Group's EMP2 platform) can support a full-electric variant, but the Group already has the Citroen e-C4 in this segment, so the 308 goes PHEV with two Plug-in Hybrid variants, the Hybrid 180 and the Hybrid 225. As we mentioned in our 'Driving Experience' section, up to 44 miles of WLTP-rated battery running is claimed in each case, with the Hybrid 180 combined cycle fuel-rated at up to 281.1mpg; for the Hybrid 225, the figure's up to 266.2mpg. In both cases, the BiK tax-beating CO2 reading is rated at up to 24g/km. From a household plug, both PHEV variants will be replenished in just over seven hours. You'll find 3.7kW single-phase charging supported as standard, which means recharges will take three hours and 50 minutes. A 7.4kW on-board charger is available as an option and plugged into a wallbox, the battery will take one hour and 50 minutes to be topped up. The plug-in hybrid 308 variants offer a thermal pre-conditioning function too. Via the MyPeugeot smartphone app or by using the vehicle's touchscreen, owners can schedule a wake-up time for the battery. This means that the cells can be at the optimal temperature for efficiency from the time you start up, plus of course the interior can also be pre-cooled or pre-heated too.

Summary

Peugeot isn't just building a car with this third generation 308. It's building a reputation. For too long, this much-loved brand lost sight of what made people want its products. Now, it's setting out to build desirable machines once more, models that aren't simply playing catch up or trying to copy the big sellers. Sure enough, this is vehicle with a definite feel of its own. It's not going to appeal to everybody but it is now a car that the company can rightly feel proud of - a contender good enough to worry the best in the business. After all, it gets so many things so right. French family hatchbacks in this class haven't always been able to justify themselves, either in terms of quality or in the harder discipline of pounds and pence running costs, but this one performs beyond expectations in both these areas. Overall, what's on offer here is a car that's continuing to restore Peugeot's reputation for building elegant, comfortable and understated vehicles. A car that gives the brand a shot at making good on its upmarket aspirations. It's been a long time coming.

  • Front and rear electric windows with one touch/anti pinch
  • Tailgate with heated rear windscreen and wiper blade
  • Automatic triggered rear windscreen wiper in reverse gear
  • Dark tinted Rear side and tailgate windows
  • Acoustic and tinted windscreen

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

  • Carpet mats

  • Wireless apple car play/android Auto
  • Bluetooth telephone facility
  • Smartphone charging plate

  • Driver attention warning
  • Speed limit recognition and recommendation
  • Intelligent speed adaptation
  • Lane keep assist
  • Compact automatic gearbox impulse selector
  • Sport pedals with foot rest
  • Multi driving mode selector - Eco / Normal / Sport mode selector

  • 10" capacitive colour touchscreen with connected 3D navigation includes Peugeot Connect SOS and assistance
  • PEUGEOT i-Cockpit with 10" digital instrument panel display
  • Peugeot connect SOS and assistance
  • Service interval indicator
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Mirror screen with mirror link, apple carplay and android auto
  • PEUGEOT i-Cockpit with compact steering wheel
  • Exterior temperature indicator with ice warning

  • Frameless electrochrome rear view mirror
  • Power folding door mirrors
  • Electric operated/heated door mirrors
  • Nera black door mirrors

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

  • Model designation badges on front and rear
  • Rear lower bumper gloss black diffuser effect trim
  • Front grille with horizontal chrome stamping
  • Twin exhaust pipes with chrome surround
  • Gloss black rear cluster connecting strip
  • Gloss black finish B pillar
  • Body colour rear spoiler
  • Body colour door handles

  • LED rear number plate lights
  • High beam assist
  • LED side indicator lights integrated into door mirrors
  • Rear reversing lights
  • Rear full LED 3D peugeot signature claw effect lights with daylight function
  • EcoLED headlights
  • Peugeot signature LED daytime running lights
  • Manual headlight position correction/adjustment

  • Automatic air conditioning with AQS 3

  • Ski hatch with central rear armrest with cup holder
  • Manual driving mode - change gear manually via steering mounted paddles
  • Multifunction split leather and gloss steering wheel
  • 2 front USB socket including 1 USB type c
  • 2 rear USB socket including 1 USB type c
  • Falgo tri-material with isabella leather effect and cloth upholstery
  • Sunvisor with concealable mirrors and LED lighting
  • Central front armrest with storage compartment
  • Piano keys gloss black plated toggle switches to access main functions of the vehicle
  • Roof lining - light grey
  • Electric power steering with reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Front central console with two cup holders
  • 12V socket

  • 8 Colour personalisable ambient lighting

  • Drive assist pack with rear cross traffic alert- 308
  • Visibility pack with automatic magic wash windscreen wipers - 308

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

  • Driver seat lumbar adjustment
  • 1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats
  • 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
  • Dynamic front seats

  • Automatic door locking when moving off
  • Thatcham cat. 1 alarm with anti lift sensor
  • Electronic code immobiliser
  • Deadlocking system
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Automatic hazard light activation upon heavy brake application
  • Peugeot open and go system includes keyless entry with push start button

  • 17" Halong diamond cut alloy wheels

  • Noise Level dB(A): 66
  • CO: 0.302
  • HC: 0.022
  • NOx: 0.041
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0007
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 158
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 179
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 105
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 123
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 152
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 122
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • 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: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90.5
  • CC: 1199

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 40.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 35.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 51.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 43.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 60.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 50.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 52
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 41.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 52.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 43.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.5

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • 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
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Allure Premium
  • Coin Description: PureTech
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • 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): 9.7
  • Top Speed: 130
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 23.5

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

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R17
  • Wheel Style: HALONG

  • Width (including mirrors): 2062
  • Height: 1441
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4365
  • Width: 1850
  • Wheelbase: 2680

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1288
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1850
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 52
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 412
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 680
  • Max. Loading Weight: 562
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1323

  • Heated front windscreen: £200

  • Front and rear parking sensors: Included
  • Visio Park 1 with 180 degree Colour reversing camera: Included
  • Visio Park 3 with 360 colour camera system + semi automated parking assistance: £500

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

  • Heated steering wheel: £150

  • Metallic - Olivine green: £0

  • Pearl - Vertigo blue: £695
  • Pearl - White: £695
  • Pearl - Elixir red: £695

  • Solid - Bianca white: £275

  • Special metallic - Cumulus grey: £545
  • Special metallic - Nera black: £545

  • Detachable towbar with 13 pin + Trailer Sway Mitigation: £790

  • Falgo tri-material with isabella leather effect and cloth upholstery - Black: £0

  • Space saver spare wheel preparation - Allure Premium: £20
  • Tyre repair kit: Included

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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