Peugeot 308

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suffer from the same problem: the Peugeot 308 feels very similar to the Peugeot 307 that preceded it, so today it seems outdated and bland.

Peugeot 308 hatchback

Price 
£14,495 - £24,045
5 Doors
3.8 / 5
Pros
  • Very efficient diesel engines
  • Large boot
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • Not the most fun to drive
  • Questionable reliability
  • Interior isn’t great quality

The Peugeot 308 rivals the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus in the family hatchback market, and it trumps them both in terms of 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 made as the Golf.

Peugeot 308 CC cabriolet

Price 
£23,105 - £28,360
2 Doors
2.6 / 5
Pros
  • Bold looks
  • High-quality, comfortable interior
  • Excellent folding roof
Cons
  • 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.

Peugeot 308 SW MPV / Estate

5 Doors
3.4 / 5
Pros
  • Fantastic practicality
  • High quality cabin
  • Seven-seat option
Cons
  • High list prices
  • Reliability is below average
  • Difficult gearchange

Like the hatchback on which it's based, the 308 SW has a classy cabin, but this car's trump card is its huge amount of space inside. The 308 SW is also available with a seven-seat layout, thanks to an extra pair of seats in the back, which makes it attractive if you have a large family.