Review

Peugeot 308 hatchback

Price  £14,995 - £25,945

Peugeot 308 hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Large boot
  • Comfortable ride
  • Very efficient diesel engines
Cons
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Questionable reliability
  • Interior quality disappoints

At a glance

The greenest
Active 1.6 BlueHDi 120 6-speed stp-start 5dr £19,845
The cheapest
Access 1.2L PureTech 82 5-speed 5dr £14,995
The fastest
GT 1.6 THP 205 Stop Start 5dr £24,095
Top of the range
GT BlueHDi 180 Stop-Start auto 5dr £25,945

"The Peugeot 308 is a practical and economical family hatchback with a comfortable and relaxed ride."

The Peugeot 308 is a good-looking, five-door family hatchback car that competes with the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. However, with its classy, largely well-made interior, a range of smooth, economical engines and a comfortable ride, it takes particular aim at the Volkswagen Golf. And like that model, it's not especially cheap to buy.

The 308 is quite a light car and is relatively fun to drive as a result (although not as good in this respect as the Ford Focus). You can make it a little more entertaining by specifying the optional Driver Sport Pack, which, at the press of a button, provides additional performance and sharpens up the steering.

There's a range of engines to choose from, all of them economical. Among our favourites is the 1.2-litre PureTech 130 petrol, which is smooth, quiet and responsive – and returns 58.9mpg. Another is the 1.6-litre BlueHDi 120 diesel, which, with economy of 91.1mpg, is more frugal than the impressive VW Golf BlueMotion diesel.

A range-topping Peugeot 308 GTi was launched in summer 2015. There are two versions, each powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine. One makes 247bhp and the other 266bhp (the latter also has a system that increases traction in corners). The GTi sits lower than the other models in the 308 range and has a far sportier interior.

But if you can’t stretch to the GTi, there's the Peugeot 308 GT, available in 202bhp petrol and 178bhp diesel forms. If you fancy a few sporty touches without sacrificing fuel economy, there's also the attractively styled yet less powerful GT Line. The 1.2-litre PureTech 130 petrol fitted with the Driver Sport Pack is especially good.

When it comes to interior space, the 308 is a mixed bag. There's reasonable room in the front and the boot is big for the class, but the rear seats are quite cramped.

You can have your 308 in a variety of trims, ranging from basic Access to range-topping GTi. All have air-conditioning, cruise control and DAB digital radio. However, our pick is Active (one up from Access), which has 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and a 9.7-inch touchscreen featuring satellite navigation.

The 308 feels very well built, and Peugeot's reliability record is improving all the time. The model earned the full five stars in Euro NCAP crash testing, thanks to safety features including seatbelt warning buzzers, six airbags and anti-lock brakes.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4 / 5

Significant weight savings make the Peugeot 308 cheaper to run than the 307

Engines, drive & performance

3.5 / 5

The Peugeot 308 is fun to drive, but the company’s main focus was comfort

Interior & comfort

3.8 / 5

Interior is a huge improvement on the old model, but some of the Peugeot 308’s controls are tricky to use

Practicality & boot space

4.2 / 5

Peugeot 308 has a massive boot, but it comes at the expense of rear legroom

Reliability & safety

3.2 / 5

The Peugeot 308 feels well built and scored well in our Driver Power survey

What the others say

3.4 / 5
based on 2 reviews
3.7 / 5
"While the previous version of the Peugeot 308 rarely found itself contending for class hounours, this all-new model – which keeps the same name – should stand a much better chance of boosting the Peugeot's appeal with customers."
3 / 5
"Peugeot's new 308 should be competitively priced and cheap to run as a company car. However, its rear space and handling disappoint, and we find it hard to recommend the engine we drove given that it will be obsolete so soon after launch."
What owners say 
4.2291666666667
4.2 /5 based on 48 reviews
54%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
17 Aug 2015
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