Review: Peugeot 308 (2014)

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Quiet and refined. Big improvement in quality over previous 308. Impressive 1.2 Puretech petrol engines. Five star Euro NCAP rating. European car of the year 2014.

Clunky manual gear change. Not much rear seat legroom.

Peugeot 308 (2014): At A Glance

This 308 is the closest Peugeot has yet come to building a car that's genuinely good enough to compete with the likes of the Honda Civic and ever-popular Ford Focus.

Compared to its ugly predecessor, the latest 308 is a huge step forward in every regard, particularly design and quality. It's off to a good start too being crowned, albeit somewhat surprisingly, European Car of the Year for 2014.

In terms of looks the 308 has a neat if unadventurous design but it is much better proportioned than the old model and loses the ugly front end. But it's inside where you notice the biggest change.

There's a completely new layout that's far more stylish than before with an innovative cabin and a minimalist design. The decluttered look is a welcome change at a time when cars are laden with buttons and controls. Instead, the majority of functions are controlled through a large colour touch screen.

Like the smaller 208, the 308 also adopts Peugeot's small steering wheel which isn't to everyone's taste but does have a quality feel to it. In fact that quality feel is prevalent throughout the interior with a solid finish and tactile materials. It's a practical hatchback too with good rear passenger space and a useful 470-litre boot

The new 308 is considerably lighter than its predecessor thanks to a new chassis and this aids the handing which is far better. The steering has a nice weight to it and it's assured in corners. The ride is another highlight with the 308 very smooth even on rough roads with little wind noise. Only a clunky manual gear shift lets it down.

There's a wide choice of engines in the 308 with impressively efficient HDi diesels - the 1.6 BlueHDi emits just 82g/km of CO2 yet still develops 120PS. But it's the new 1.2-litre THP petrol engine that really stands out. Despite its small size the three-cylinder engine is a real gem and gives strong performance with the top version producing 130PS yet with official economy of more than 60mpg.

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What does a Peugeot 308 (2014) cost?

List Price from £21,660
Buy new from £15,031
Contract hire from £205.70 per month

Peugeot 308 (2014): What's It Like Inside?

Length 4253 mm
Width 2043 mm
Height 1457 mm
Wheelbase 2620 mm

Full specifications

The interior of the new 308 is a perfect example of minimalist design. Peugeot has avoided the button-heavy look with a decluttered design and the result is a modern and distinctive cabin that's very different from the competition.

The reason Peugeot has been able to do away with lots of switches is down to its clever touchscreen system. It's an impressive 9.7-inches and looks like a tablet, neatly integrated between the air vents in the dash.

It doesn't take too long to work out where the various functions are and the screen itself has a high resolution with a bright colour display. It can sometimes be frustrating, for instance if you jump in the car and quickly want to turn the air conditioning temperature up for short journey, you have to go to the right screen and then tap the plus button. However, on the whole it makes a lot of sense and adds to the modern feel of the 308.

The quality of the interior is impressive too with a solid feel to the switches and a nice 'thud' when you close the doors. We're less keen on the metal finish to the gear lever on higher spec models but the same finish works well on the air vents and steering wheel.

The small steering wheel echoes the 208 and it too has a quality feel to it. The instrument dials are placed high on the dash top - the idea being that they're easier to see at a glance. The problem is that, depending on your height and driving position - the dials can be obscured by the steering wheel.

There's decent room for rear passengers and the back seats, like those in the front, are comfortable which is particularly noticeable on long journeys. The boot is practical too with 470 litres which is far more than a Volkswagen Golf which has 380 litres.

Standard equipment:

Access models come with air conditioning, remote central door locking, cruise control with speed limiter, DAB digital radio, LED daylight running lights and Bluetooth connectivity.

Active adds dual zone air conditioning, electric handbrake, rear parking sensors, integrated 9.7-inch touchscreen and satellite navigation.

Allure comes with full LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a reversing camera and front parking sensors.

Feline is the top-of-the-range model and has a panoramic Cielo glass roof, Alcantara trimmed sports seats and the Driver Assistance Pack with Dynamic Cruise Control, Emergency Collision Alert and Emergency Collision Braking System.

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What's the Peugeot 308 (2014) like to drive?

Thanks to the use of lightweight materials, the 308 weighs a considerable 140kg less than its predecessor. It also uses a new chassis which it shares with the acclaimed Citroen C4 Picasso.

Add in a lower centre of gravity along with new suspension and it's no surprise that the 308 is a revelation compared to its predecessor. It's impressive through corners with a nice weight to the steering, feeling surefooted even in the wet.

Other hatchbacks may be more fun to drive but the 308 feels composed and it's a very easy car to drive. A further highlight is the excellent ride quality which irons out uneven roads and rough surfaces with ease. In town the 308 is easy to manouevre into tight spots although rear visibility isn't great due to the narrow rear window - fortunately parking sensors are standard on all but the entry-level Access trim.

On the motorway it's a very relaxed car with little road or wind noise. That's helped by good sound insulation and an aerodynamic design which means little wind drag. The only criticism of the 308 is the rather clunky manual gearchange which isn't as slick as you'd expect given how good the rest of the car is.

There's a good choice of engines in the 308 and the good news is that all of them are economical and cheap to run. The HDi diesels will for many be the default choice and the 1.6 HDi is particularly good. It's not the quickest of engines but is quiet and ideal for relaxed driving.

The BlueHDi version of the 1.6-litre is the most economical engine in the 308 range with an incredible claimed 91.1mpg. CO2 emissions are just 82g/km which is remarkable given it has 120PS. A 2.0 HDi with 150PS is offered and is also available with a six-speed automatic.

The entry-level petrol is a 1.2 VTi with 82PS while the sportiest is the 1.6 THP. But the engine that really stands out is the new 1.2 e-THP petrol. This is a three-cylinder Puretech engine that punches well above its small size thanks to the fact it's turbocharged. There are two versions available - one with 110PS and a more powerful 130PS - and both get start/stop as standard. The more powerful 130PS gets a six-speed gearbox but both have plenty of torque and pull well from low revs.

It's very refined for a three-cylinder engine. In fact in everyday driving you'd be hard pressed to tell, such is its quiet nature. It's still nippy though and enjoyable to drive while it's not out of its depth on the motorway either. Economy is strong with an official 64.2mpg for the 110PS versions and CO2 of just 104g/km for both mean cheap VED. If you're interested in an HDi model we'd suggest trying the 1.2 e-THP engine as a comparison. It suits the 308 perfectly.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.2 Puretec 130 Automatic 63 mpg 9.1 s 117 g/km
1.2 Puretech 110 57–71 mpg 10.1–11.8 s 95–115 g/km
1.2 Puretech 130 54–63 mpg 9.6–10.3 s 104–112 g/km
1.2 Puretech 130 Automatic 54–63 mpg 9.1–9.8 s 106–123 g/km
1.2 Puretech 130 EAT8 52–54 mpg 9.1–9.8 s 119–124 g/km
1.2 Puretech 82 57 mpg 13.3 s 114 g/km
1.5 BlueHDi 100 76 mpg - 98 g/km
1.5 BlueHDi 130 76–81 mpg 9.8–10.2 s 96–100 g/km
1.5 BlueHDi 130 EAT6 76 mpg 9.4 s 98–102 g/km
1.5 BlueHDi 130 EAT8 76–79 mpg 9.4 s 94–98 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 100 79 mpg 11.3 s 94 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 120 74–91 mpg 9.7–10.3 s 82–98 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 120 Automatic 72–79 mpg 9.5–10.2 s 92–101 g/km
1.6 e-HDi 115 74–76 mpg 10.2–11.9 s 95–100 g/km
1.6 HDi 115 74–76 mpg 10.2–11.9 s 95–100 g/km
1.6 HDi 92 79 mpg 11.3 s 93–95 g/km
1.6 THP 125 50–52 mpg 10.4–10.7 s 125–129 g/km
1.6 THP 156 49 mpg 8.4 s 129–134 g/km
1.6 THP 205 50 mpg 7.5 s 130 g/km
1.6 THP 225 50 mpg 7.4 s 132 g/km
2.0 BlueHDi 71–74 mpg 8.6–8.9 s 99–108 g/km
2.0 BlueHDi 150 72 mpg 8.9 s 102–103 g/km
2.0 BlueHDi 150 Automatic 69 mpg 8.6 s 108 g/km
2.0 BlueHDi 180 Automatic 64–71 mpg 8.4–8.6 s 103–130 g/km
2.0 BlueHDi Automatic 69–71 mpg 8.6 s 107–111 g/km

Real MPG average for a Peugeot 308 (2014)

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I want a stress-free alternative to all the Japanese/Korean cars I've owned. What do you suggest?

I'm starting to get bored of all the fantastically reliable Japanese/Koreans cars which have shuffled me from A-B for decades. I'm finally willing to let the standards slip a little but so many cars seem to suffer common faults. I need something petrol or hybrid, reliable and not over 10 years old within an £8000 budget. Volkswagen offerings are a write off, similarly with Ecoboost and Powershift dilemnas. I'm aware that plenty of revisions came around but these fall out of budget. BMW doesn't seem to have released anything reliable (within budget) for over a decade. I don't seem to hear much about Mercedes-Benz compared to the others but I don't know much about them. I've noticed Peugeot's 1.2 PureTech suggested by yourselves quite often - which is interesting. I'd have to know which transmission pairing makes for a solid bet I suppose, and it would be perfect if it had a bit more pull to be honest. What's your take?
Used premium cars like those sold by Mercedes-Benz and BMW could prove expensive to run as they get older. Do you have any requirements for practicality? A Volkswagen Golf could be a good option if you fancy a change from Japanese/Korean cars. Yes, the DSG gearboxes are known to be problematic, but regular oil changes (every 40k miles) should prevent any issues. The latest Peugeot 308 is a really underrated alternative, available with the 1.2-litre PureTech engine you've mentioned. The EAT6 automatic gearbox is very good, too - with fast changes and a reputation for reliability.
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