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Peugeot 308 hatchback - Reliability & safety

The 308 is so new that it’s too early to definitively rate it for reliability

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The latest Peugeot 308 achieved a respectable four-star Euro NCAP rating and although it didn’t rank in our top 75 cars in the 2023 Driver Power Customer Satisfaction Survey, owners have rated the Peugeot brand ninth out of 32 manufacturers – that’s five places down compared to 2022’s results. The 308 is based on well-known parts (the 1.2-litre petrol engine is used in lots of other models), so it should prove easy to own and live with.

Peugeot 308 reliability

Peugeot came ninth out of 32 manufacturers in our 2023 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey – although that’s five places down compared to the year before, it still beats many of its rival brands including Citroen (11th), Toyota (12th) Volkswagen (27th) and Renault (29th). The mechanically-similar Peugeot 3008 SUV came in 37th place overall in the list of 75 models. While the data isn’t specific to the 308, 19% of Peugeot owners reported an issue with their car in the first year, which is a little better than average, suggesting that owning a Peugeot should be reasonably problem-free.

Safety

The Peugeot 308 scored four stars in the Euro NCAP test. It scored 76% in the Adult Occupant category and 84% in the Child Occupant category. Although the 308 comes with a large amount of safety equipment, including post-collision braking, lane keep assist and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) among other features, it scored a disappointing 65% in this category due to the marginal performance of its AEB system.

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Higher trim levels get extra equipment, such as AEB with a night function, emergency call, high beam assist, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, lane positioning assist, a 360-degree parking camera and semi-autonomous parking assistance.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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