Peugeot 308 hatchback

Price  £14,995 - £25,945

Peugeot 308 hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Large boot
  • Comfortable ride
  • Very efficient diesel engines
  • 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."

Handsome looks are something that defines the latest Peugeot models, including the new Peugeot 508 and striking Peugeot RCZ coupe. The 308 receives the same treatment, as the company takes aim at the classy Volkswagen Golf. The upmarket looks outside point to a new look inside and owners of the old 308 will notice a huge improvement right from the off.

The 308's interior is nicer than what you get in the Vauxhall Astra and arguably also better than the new Ford Focus. It even gets close to matching the VW Golf, but search hard and you’ll find some plastics that let the side down. Family buyers will also be glad to hear that the 308 has one of the biggest boots in the class.

The 308 is much lighter than the car it replaces and feels more nimble to drive as a result. You can choose to fit the optional Driver Sport Pack (£370), which makes the car accelerate with added verve and adds weight to the steering. It also turns the dials a sporty shade of red and pumps engine noise through the car's stereo to give a racier sound.

Fuel economy is a top priority for family buyers and the Peugeot delivers in this respect thanks to its range of cheap-to-run petrol and diesel engines. The e-THP 130 is our favourite of the petrol engines, because it's smooth, quiet and nippy.

But if you want excellent economy, the 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel uses even less fuel than the VW Golf BlueMotion. It's our pick of the range, when combined with high-specification Allure trim. This comes with extras such as smart-looking 17-inch alloy wheels, powerful full-LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and electric folding door mirrors.

There's a performance model, too. But until the full-fat 308 GTI arrives later in 2015, the Peugeot 308 GT (below) is the nearest you'll get to it. It's reasonably good fun to drive, and with a choice of 202bhp petrol or 178bhp diesel power, there's decent performance on offer. It's a shame, then, that it's not as much fun to drive as a Ford Focus ST or SEAT Leon Cupra, despite costing a similar amount of money.

If that doesn’t appeal, you can always choose the GT-Line model. It offers the same striking design as the GT, but can be powered by the much more economical 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine. This still packs a modest punch, but the asking price drops by around £2,500 and fuel economy stands at a respectable 59mpg. CO2 emissions are 110g/km, so road tax is only £20 annually for this version. The GT-Line offers a solid alternative to the Honda Civic Sport, but the Seat Leon FR is both quicker and cheaper.

Trim levels include Access, Sportium, Active, Allure, GT Line and GT. The basic model has plenty of equipment, including air-conditioning, cruise control, a DAB digital radio, a USB port and Bluetooth phone connectivity, plus front and rear LED lights.

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 
4.2 /5 based on 47 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
7 Apr 2015
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