The Peugeot 308 is a family hatchback that boasts styling like a people carrier, and has almost as much room on the inside, too. As well as offering plenty of space, including a huge boot, the Peugeot 308's interior is comfortable, well equipped and well made. Recent revisions include fresh styling and new cleaner, more efficient engines. The diesel units are powerful, and at speed the Peugeot is quiet and refined, so it's a great motorway companion. Just like the smaller Peugeot 207, there's a larger, more practical SW estate model and convertible 308 CC available. However, all cars suffer from the same problem: the Peugeot 308 feels very similar to the Peugeot 307 that preceded it, so today it seems outdated and bland.
- Large boot
- Comfortable ride
- Very efficient diesel engines
- Not much fun to drive
- Questionable reliability
- Interior quality disappoints
The Peugeot 308 rivals the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus in the family hatchback class, and it trumps them both for boot space. It's very efficient, too, with three diesel engines that qualify for free road tax. However, it's not as good to drive as the Focus and doesn’t feel as well built as the Golf.
- Spacious boot
- Economical engines
- Comfortable suspension
- Not much fun to drive
- Parts of interior still feel a bit cheap
- Some safety kit only on top spec models
The Peugeot 308 SW estate competes with cars like the Volkswagen Golf estate and Honda Civic Tourer, bringing its own set of strengths and weaknesses to the segment. It's cheaper than the Golf and offers more boot space, but doesn't feel as well made; it can return class-leading economy but isn't as fun to drive as the Ford Focus estate.
Overall, it's a pretty attractive package and is worth a look for buyers in the market for a practical, economical and comfortable family estate car.
- Bold looks
- High-quality, comfortable interior
- Excellent folding roof
- Limited boot space with hood stowed
- Leisurely performance
- Styling won't appeal to all
The convertible version of the 308 comes with an electrically operated metal roof, so it offers similar comfort with the roof up, and wind in the hair motoring when the roof is down. However, the 308 CC is heavier than the 308 hatchback thanks to the folding roof system and extra body strengthening, so it's not as economical or as enjoyable to drive. The 308 CC is only offered in higher specification levels, so all cars come with plenty of standard equipment.