Peugeot 308 (2014) Review
Peugeot 308 (2014) At A Glance
Some truly brilliant engine choices including impressive 1.2 Puretech petrol, large family-friendly boot, interior looks and feels posh, five star Euro NCAP rating.
Fiddly infotainment system and awkward driving position, tight passenger space in the back, standard safety kit could be more generous, increasing number of 1.2 PureTech engine problems.
Insurance Groups are between 9–29
On average it achieves 72% of the official MPG figure
The Peugeot 308 does really well in some areas, with a big boot, a posh interior and several engines that provide a brilliant blend of performance, efficiency and refinement. It’s pretty good to drive, too, with decent ride comfort and stable, assured handling. However, an awkward driving position, a fiddly infotainment system and tight rear passenger space count against it, as does the fact that more of the safety kit available should be standard-fit. A very solid choice when compared to rivals like the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra, if not the most well-rounded.
The great British public loves a hatchback, and year after year, that’s proved beyond all doubt in the sales charts.
And when it comes to the humble hatchback, few firms have a history as illustrious as Peugeot. Cars like the 205, 106 and 306 are still held up as desirable classics today, while even the ones that weren’t quite as good - we’re looking at you, 206 - turned out to be smash hits in terms of the numbers sold.
It has to be said, though, that there was a period when the French manufacturer lost its way, especially with its midsize offerings. The 307 and the first-generation 308 were unutterably dull contraptions, especially considering what had gone before, with very few points of merit to mark them out against the legion of very talented - and no less affordable - rivals.
In 2014, however, an all-new 308 was introduced that changed the game for Peugeot. Here was a car with real glamour. Here was a car with real desirability. Here was a car that was interesting. And for all the virtues that rivals had, there weren’t many cars in the class that could make the same claim.
The reason? Well, the looks, mainly. For the time, the 308 looked smart and chic in equal measure, while on the inside, the mixture of unconventional minimalist design and impressively high-grade materials gave a hugely classy feel. We may be several years down the line now, but even by current standards, the 308’s interior still looks impressively sharp.
It did other things well, too. The engine range contained some absolutely stunning low-capacity petrol and diesel offerings that defied belief with their mix of performance, efficiency and refinement, while the boot was also (and still is) one of the biggest in the class.
It was pretty good to drive, too, with a comfortable ride and impressive all-round rolling refinement, although now it’s a bit long in the tooth, the 308 has been caught up - and in many cases passed - by newer rivals.
Granted, there were things it didn’t do so well. Many will struggle to get to grips with its unconventional driving position, while rear space is tight by class standards.
And while safety standards were fine back in 2014, there are several items of safety equipment - such as automatic emergency braking - that remain on the options list to this day that most rivals give you as standard. Still, at least most other luxury kit is present-and-correct.
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On the inside of an Peugeot 308 (2014)
There’s plenty of space up front, but while rear headroom isn’t too bad, rear legroom is rather on the tight side. Adults will fit, provided they’re not too much over six feet tall, but nobody is going to want to stay crammed in for hours on end with their knees digging into the front seats.
Bulky child seats will fit, and you get a pair of Isofix mounting points with which to fix them, but the poor legroom means you’ll probably spend your days brushing mucky shoeprints off the back of the front seats.
There is an upside to the tight rear kneeroom, though, and that’s a big boot. It can’t quite match what a Skoda Octavia gives you, but it’s roughly the same as you get in a Honda Civic, which means it has the beating of pretty much everything else in the class.
The space is a nice square shape, too, although you do have to muscle items over a load lip. The rear seats fold down in a 60-40 split to let you carry even more cargo, but they don’t go completely flat.
Although catastrophic for ergonomics, the minimalist dashboard design and large central screen do give the interior a certain feel of sophistication, even when compared with many much newer cars, while the touchy-feely, high-grade materials on display back that feeling up brilliantly.
Yes, there are one or two surfaces that don’t quite match the rest, but these are tucked away out of sight so that the classy feeling is maintained. It’s still no Volkswagen Golf, but it feels posh enough next to other rivals. All versions get a leather steering wheel as standard, while Allure trim and upwards get part-leatherette upholstery that looks really convincing.
Whichever version of the 308 you go for, you’ll get the same touchscreen infotainment system. It brings together sat-nav, Bluetooth, DAB, a USB port, six speakers and Apple Carplay/Android Auto. However, you might find using the system rather frustrating.
For starters, it’s a touchscreen, and the amount of attention you need to invest in tapping or swiping exactly the right part of the display inevitably distracts you from the road, more so than a car with a traditional dial controller to scroll though the on-screen menus.
That’s another problem - the menus. There are loads of them, and they’re convoluted and illogically arranged, so finding your way around the system is more difficult than it should be. The worst bit, however, is the software. The graphics are dated, and everytime you prod the screen to register a command, there’s a long, frustrating pause before anything happens, and you begin to wonder if your command registered at all.
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Peugeot 308 (2014) Value
At the time of writing, prices for brand new 308s started at just over £21,000 for the 1.2 Puretech 110 Active manual, and rose to more than £30,000 for both the 2.0 BlueHDi 180 GT Auto and the 1.6 Puretech 260 GTi.
The one we’d recommend, the 1.2 Puretech 130 Tech Edition manual, came in at just shy of £25,000, while the cheapest diesel - the 100PS Active - cost £22,000, with our preferred 131PS version costing around £1000 on top.
The Peugeot doesn’t cling onto its value as well as many of them, either, and this heavier depreciation means you’ll get that much less of your initial investment back when you sell the car on, although it will result in comparative bargains for buyers of used examples.
The shaky resale values won’t help in keeping monthly finance payments down, either, but check Peugeot’s website, and there are still deals to be had. At the time of writing, the 1.2 Puretech Active 110 was being offered for £279 per month on a four-year PCP following a customer of around £2800. That represents a deposit contribution from Peugeot of roughly the same amount.
Since the 308 was launched, the way fuel economy is officially measured has changed completely to be more representative of real-world driving conditions.
However, the tests are still laboratory-based, which means the figures remain on the optimistic side, so should only really be used for comparative purposes. Regardless of the testing standard used, the 308 has always outperformed many of its rivals in this area.
According to the latest figures, both the 1.2 turbos can better 51mpg, while both the 1.5 diesels can return around 63mpg and the 2.0-litre diesel does 52mpg. Even the GTi will do almost 40mpg. Those are impressive figures all round.
Insurance costs on the 308 will be very barely any different to those of most rivals. Insurance groupings for the car range between 9 and 29 on the mainstream versions (although the GTi sits in group 36), meaning premiums should be reasonably affordable, especially if you’ve got a decent no-claims bonus.
If you’re looking to minimise your bills in this regard, look to keep your choices modest on both engine and trim, because both factors make a sizeable difference.
Many believe French cars to suffer from poor reliability, but this isn’t borne out in the various reliability surveys doing the rounds. In most of the ones we’ve seen, Peugeot puts in very solid performances indeed, while in the 2019 JD Power UK Vehicle Dependability Survey, the firm topped the manufacturer’s table outright.
Real MPG average for a Peugeot 308 (2014)
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Driving Peugeot 308 (2014)
- Engines range from 1.2 Puretech 82 to 2.0 BlueHDi 180 Automatic
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 31–76 mpg
Granted, it isn’t the plushest-riding car of its type - a Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus will isolate you even better from surface imperfections - but you’ll still like how relaxed and civilised the 308 is.
Bends are tackled with plenty of grip and predictable responses, so the 308 feels stable and assured along a twisty road. That said, though, it’s not the sharpest-feeling car of its type. There’s a bit of body roll, and although the tiny steering wheel gives you the impression that the steering is quite quick initially, it’s actually quite slow and rather numb.
Sporty GT models have a lowered suspension aimed at giving keener responses, but it doesn’t really make the 308 feel any sharper. The ride is slightly firmer, too, but it's not ruined. The GTI is different, though. With suspension that’s even lower, and stiffer, too, body control is tighter and it reacts far quicker to steering inputs, making it feel much more connected to the road.
Various offerings came and went throughout the 308’s life. The petrols ranged from a 1.2-litre three-cylinder unit with 82PS and turbocharged versions with either 110PS and 131PS, to a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine. In standard form, this had upwards of 200PS, while in the most powerful GTi version, it produced a whopping 262PS.
We never tried the entry-level one, but the 110PS version feels decently punchy at low revs. However, the stunning 131PS version is the one you want. It feels even fizzier and more responsive, making it effortlessly flexible, and you might be surprised by the turn of pace you get. The 1.6-litre choices are fast and frenetic, and fun for those who like their speed, but they’re much thirstier, too.
The diesel choices included 1.6-litre units of 100PS and 120PS, while the line-up was rounded off by a pair of 2.0-litre engines with 150PS and 180PS. Later on in 2018, the 1.6s were replaced by 1.5-litre units with either 101PS or 131PS.
It’s the latter of these two that’s the dazzler of the diesels. It’s hugely flexible, so you barely ever have to rev it beyond its mid-range, and even with such relaxed use, it feels brisk and responsive.
The car has achieved the maximum five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests. However, that was way back in 2013, and since the testing standards get tougher and tougher with each passing year, we doubt the result would be the same if the car were tested today.
Why do we say that? Well, because by today’s standards, the amount of safety kit that comes included in the price is pretty poor. You get electronic stability and traction systems, tyre pressure monitoring, a couple of Isofix child seat mounting points and six airbags, but more sophisticated driver assistance systems - things like automatic emergency braking - aren’t standard.
They’re offered, but you have to pay extra for them on most versions, including the most expensive ones. That’s pretty rubbish. The exception is the Tech Edition car, which has emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assistance, hill-start assistance and automatic high-beam assistance for the headlights. You also get a reversing camera and a system that’ll steer you into a parking space.
|1.2 Puretec 130 Automatic||63 mpg||9.1 s||117 g/km|
|1.2 Puretech 110||57–71 mpg||10.0–11.8 s||95–132 g/km|
|1.2 Puretech 130||54–63 mpg||9.6–10.3 s||104–132 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||119–140 g/km|
|1.2 Puretech 82||57 mpg||13.3 s||114 g/km|
|1.5 BlueHDi 100||76 mpg||-||98–99 g/km|
|1.5 BlueHDi 130||76–81 mpg||9.8–10.2 s||96–121 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||94–123 g/km|
|1.5 BlueHDi EAT8||-||9.4 s||125 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|
Peugeot 308 (2014) Models and Specs
Having been on sale since 2014, there have been minor changes to the trim structure and what you get at each level throughout the car’s life, but the main trim levels have stayed fairly consistent.
Active trim gives you most of what you need, including two-zone climate control, remote locking, alloy wheels, powered door mirrors, four electric windows, cruise control, a leather steering wheel, rear parking sensors and automatic lights and wipers.
Stepping up to Allure trim adds front foglamps, front parking sensors, front sports seats, part-leatherette upholstery, a panoramic roof and some extra chrome accents on the bodywork, while GT Line trim adds a body kit, a reversing camera and all-round LED exterior lights.
GT trim adds keyless go and part-leather-part-alcantara upholstery, while GTi trim adds massaging bucket seats and even more styling upgrades. Alongside the more regular versions, a Tech Edition was introduced later. This is roughly based on Allure trim, but adds all the driver safety aids we mentioned earlier, plus a reversing camera and alcantara sports seats.
|Kerb Weight||1075–1320 kg|
|Boot Space||470–1309 L|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Standard||Space-saving spare wheel|
|Road Tax Bands||A–E|
|Official MPG||48.7–91.1 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
Currently on sale
|1.2 PureTech 130 Allure EAT8 Start+Stop 5dr||-||52.3 mpg||9.8 s|
|1.2 PureTech 130 Allure Start+Stop 5dr||-||54.3 mpg||10.3 s|
|1.5 BlueHDi 130 Allure EAT8 Start+Stop 5dr||£24,114||76.3 mpg||9.4 s|
|1.5 BlueHDi 130 Allure Start+Stop 5dr||-||76.3 mpg||10.2 s|
|Active Premium 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Start/Stop 5dr||-||-||9.8 s|
|Active Premium PureTech e-THP 110 Start/Stop 5dr||-||-||10.0 s|
|Allure Premium 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Start/Stop 5dr||-||-||9.8 s|
|Allure Premium BlueHDi 130 EAT8 Auto Start/Stop 5dr||-||-||9.4 s|
|Allure Premium PureTech e-THP 130 EAT8 Auto Start/Stop 5dr||-||-||9.4 s|
|Allure Premium PureTech e-THP 130 Start/Stop 5dr||-||-||9.7 s|
|GT BlueHDi 130 EAT8 Auto Start/Stop 5dr||-||-||9.4 s|
|GT Premium BlueHDi 130 EAT8 Auto Start/Stop 5dr||-||-||9.4 s|
|GT Premium PureTech e-THP 130 EAT8 Auto Start/Stop 5dr||-||-||9.4 s|
|GT PureTech e-THP 130 EAT8 Auto Start/Stop 5dr||-||-||9.4 s|
|RoadTrip PureTech e-THP 130 EAT8 Auto Start/Stop 5dr||-||-||9.4 s|
|RoadTrip PureTech e-THP 130 Start/Stop 5dr||-||-||9.7 s|
On sale until April 2021
On sale until February 2021
|1.2 PureTech 110 Allure Start+Stop 5dr||-||56.5 mpg||10.1 s|
On sale until June 2020
|1.5 BlueHDi 130 Allure EAT6 Start+Stop 5dr||£24,375||-||-|
|1.6 Puretech 225 GT EAT8 Start+Stop 5dr||£27,984||49.6 mpg||7.4 s|
On sale until November 2018
|1.6 BlueHDi 100 Active Start+Stop 5dr||£19,795||78.5 mpg||11.3 s|
|1.6 BlueHDi 120 Active EAT6 Start+Stop 5dr||£21,540||78.5 mpg||9.5 s|
|1.6 BlueHDi 120 Allure EAT6 Start+Stop 5dr||£22,840||72.4 mpg||10.2 s|
|1.6 BlueHDi 120 GT Line EAT6 Start+Stop 5dr||£24,740||72.4 mpg||10.2 s|
|2.0 BlueHDi 150 GT Line EAT6 Start+Stop 5dr||£25,665||68.9 mpg||8.6 s|
|2.0 BlueHDi 150 GT Line Start+Stop 5dr||£24,465||72.4 mpg||8.9 s|
On sale until September 2018
|1.6 THP 205 GT Start+Stop 5dr||£25,010||50.4 mpg||7.5 s|
On sale until August 2018
|1.2 Puretech 130 Active EAT6 Start+Stop 5dr||£20,340||62.8 mpg||9.1 s|
|1.2 Puretech 130 Allure EAT6 Start+Stop 5dr||£21,640||57.6 mpg||9.8 s|
|1.2 Puretech 130 GT Line EAT6 Start+Stop 5dr||£23,540||57.6 mpg||9.8 s|
|1.6 BlueHDi 120 Active Start+Stop 5dr||£20,340||91.1 mpg||9.7 s|
|1.6 BlueHDi 120 Allure Start+Stop 5dr||£21,640||88.3 mpg||10.3 s|
|1.6 BlueHDi 120 GT Line Start+Stop 5dr||£23,540||74.3 mpg||10.3 s|
On sale until July 2018
|1.2 Puretech 110 Active Start+Stop 5dr||£18,570||70.6 mpg||11.1 s|
|1.2 Puretech 110 Allure Start+Stop 5dr||£19,870||61.4 mpg||11.8 s|
On sale until November 2017
On sale until October 2015
|Access 1.6 HDi 92 5dr||£16,945||78.5 mpg||11.3 s|
|Active 1.6 HDi 115 Stop and Start 5dr||£19,445||76.3 mpg||10.2 s|
|Active 1.6 HDi 92 5dr||£18,645||78.5 mpg||11.3 s|
|Allure 1.6 HDi 115 Stop and Start 5dr||£20,645||74.3 mpg||11.9 s|
|GT Line 1.6 HDi 115 Stop and Start 5dr||£22,195||74.3 mpg||11.9 s|
|Sportium Pure Tech 1.2 110 Stop and Start 5dr||£17,445||61.4 mpg||11.1 s|
|Sportium Pure Tech 1.2 130 Stop and Start 5dr||£18,195||61.4 mpg||9.6 s|
|Sportium Pure Tech 1.2 130 Stop and Start Auto 5dr||£19,195||57.4 mpg||9.1 s|
On sale until September 2014
|Access 1.6 e-HDi 115 5dr||£17,645||76.3 mpg||10.2 s|
|Access 1.6 THP 125 5dr||£16,095||52.3 mpg||10.4 s|
|Access Pure Tech 1.2 e-THP 110 with Stop and Start 5dr||£16,145||61.4 mpg||11.1 s|
|Active 1.6 THP 125 5dr||£17,545||52.3 mpg||10.4 s|
|Active 2.0 BlueHDi 150 Stop and Start 5dr||£20,395||74.3 mpg||8.6 s|
|Allure 1.6 156 THP 5dr||£20,150||48.7 mpg||8.4 s|
|Allure 1.6 THP 125 5dr||£19,000||50.4 mpg||10.7 s|
|Feline 1.6 156 THP 5dr||£21,750||48.7 mpg||8.4 s|
|Feline 1.6 e-HDi 115 Stop and Start 5dr||£22,145||74.3 mpg||11.9 s|
|Feline 2.0 BlueHDi 150 Stop and Start 5dr||£23,445||70.6 mpg||8.9 s|
|Feline 2.0 BlueHDi 150 Stop and Start Auto 5dr||£24,445||68.9 mpg||8.6 s|
|Feline Pure Tech 1.2 e-THP 130 Stop and Start 5dr||£21,395||58.9 mpg||10.3 s|
|Feline Pure Tech 1.2 e-THP 130 Stop and Start Auto 5dr||£22,395||54.3 mpg||9.8 s|
- A huge improvement on the previous 308 both in terms of design and quality.
- Refined on the move with impressive ride quality.
- Five Star Euro NCAP crash safety rating. Adult occupant safety 92%, child occupant 79%, pedestrian safety 64% and safety assist 81%.
- Manual gearchange can be clunky in traffic, but it's precise on the open road allowing easy block changes.
- Drivers who like a high steering wheel cannot see either the digital or the analogue speedometers so are forced to hold the wheel lower.
- AdBlue replenishment for the EU6 diesels can be needed after as little as 6,000 miles, but on later models this can be done by the driver.
What to watch out for
14-5-2016: Report of loss of gas from aircon of 2014 Peugeot 308 at 19k miles. Pump making a whirring noise and not blowing cold. Peugeot dealer sent it for a regas at £60 and advised it would need one every 2 years at a full cost of £290. New R1234YF gas. Not R134a. Suspect a stoned condenser.
28-5-2016: Another report of loss of R1234YF refrigerant from 2014 Peugeot 308 and an expensive bill to re-gas at a specialist as very few have the equipment to regas with R1234YF.
25-7-2016: 3rd report of loss of R1234YF refrigerant from 2014 Peugeot 308. Peugeot dealer agreed to undertake a diagnostic investigation under the warranty but, if the gas needs replacing, they will charge £150 for the refill. Reader puzzled why chain service centres can replace a/c for 1/3 of the price but not on 308. Reason is the expensive new R1234YF gas.
25-4-2017: Report of rattle from back axle of two year old (2015) Peugeot 308 with 10,000 miles. Garage informed owner that this is a known fault. They stopped the rattle by fitting a modification kit and owner was advised that modified rear axles are being produced and this will replace the existing one when they are available.
14-9-2017: Report that problems with 2015 Peugeot 308 (1.6 or 2.0) HDI GT Line have included a collapsed AdBlue tank requiring a one week repair, now two urgent safety recalls: one concverning the starter motor (see Recalls) and the other the accessory drivebelt (TSB). Owner also complained of being asked £450 for a standard service.
15-11-2017: Front damper failure reported on 2015 Peugeot 308 GT Line at 24,000 miles. Front pair replaced under warranty by Peugeot dealer.
18-4-2018: Report of "horrendous metal grating noise" from rear of 2015 Peugeot 308 2.0HDI Allure Blu, 2 months out of warranty at 30k miles. Dealer thinks it's the rear axle? Mechanic said a known problem and also that the car was driveable.
28-4-2018: Report of creaking from rear suspension of 2015 Peugeot 308 bought in January 2018 with just 4,800 miles. Dealer told owner that these cars are fitted with defective rear beams, and they would have to drill holes in it and fill with expanding foam. Also admitted that Peugeot are still using these parts in new cars. The repair didn't work, also noticed a groaning bearing in transmission, when in reverse. The car came with 12 months warranty.
12-7-2018: Report of problem with fuel supply of 2015 Peugeot 308 1.2 PureTech e-THP 130 EAT6 Auto Start/Stop Allure. Probably a failing fuel tank lifter pump, its eart or fuel take lifter pump relay, or its earth.
17-8-2018: Report of a/c condenser failure on 2014 Peugeot 308 very soon after a £150 R1234YF refrigerant re-gas. Since this is a known weakness, Peugeot will supply a new condenser FoC, but wants £190 to fit it and the cost of an R1234YF regas has now risen to £220. Condensers are on 'back order'. This helps explain the a/c problems reported on 14-5-2016, 28-5-2016 and 25-7-2016, all on 2014 Peugeot 308s.
13-9-2018: Report of hairline cracks appearing in the back axle of a 2015/65 Peugeot 308. Local garage traced it to a cracked faulty weld on the rear axle.
30-10-2018: Complaint of clutch slip in Peugeot 308 1.2 Puretech at 34,000 miles. Reported at 3 year service and dealer replaced the clutch slave cylinder but not the clutch and dual mass flywheel, so the clutch continued to slip.
20-11-2018: Complaint about 2016 Peugeot 308 GT Line SW 2.0 Blue HDI, bought used in 2017, and now at 22k miles performing spurious emergency stops. The 2016 model did not have active cruise control or collision detection fitted. The GT Line did not get "Driver Assistance Pack of Dynamic Cruise Control, Emergency Collision Alert and Emergency Collision Braking System" until the 2017 revamp. Owner reported the issue to the DVSA and the dealer agreed to buy the car back at market value.
12-2-2019: Depending on the age of the car a 1.2 Puretech might be due a software update for the engine ecu. There's has been a software update campaign for the older Puretech 130s that Peugeot / Citroen main dealers will carry out when you take the car in for a service / other work.
29-3-2019: Strange problem reported with used 2015/65 Peugeot 308 1.2 Puretech 130 SW at 49,000 miles. The STOP warning flashed up, so owner stopped the car, phoned the supplying Peugeot dealer and arranged for Peugeot Assistance to transport the car back to them. They told him that the problem occurred because petrol overflowed from the fuel tank into the adjacent vapour tank to the point of filling it, and that the warranty company won't cover it because Peugeot has made modifications. The dealer contacted Peugeot direct, and Peugeot said they will pay 50% of the repair costs, leaving the owner with a bill of "only" £600.
12-5-2019: Report of spark plug breaking in engine of March 2016 Peugeot 308 1.2 Puretech, 2 months out of warranty, initially causing a misfire but potentially wrecking the engine. (Same thing has been reported in 208 and 2008 1.2 Puretechs.)
30-5-2019: Report of total engine failure of 2015 Peugeot 308 1.2 Puretech at 35,000 miles. Car was bought used in February 2018. W arning flashed up saying fault with engine please repair. Then, 5 minutes later, fault with engine stopping vehicle. Then oil pressure fault repair vehicle. Owner took it to a garage who serviced it, changed the oil and oil pressure switch which didn’t work. On further inspection they discovered the crankshaft has disintegrated and all of the bits of metal had gone into the oil sump. They advised it will need a whole new engine block. It had been serviced by Peugeot at 12k miles and 20k miles, so was overdue a service. We suspect this was caused by a spark plug breaking up and that these would have been changed at a 3rd Peugeot service.
18-6-2019: Report of problems with 308 1.2 Puretech 110 SW still under warranty. Engine warning light came on 4 times in the last 2 months. Went out next morning after not running overnight. Owner took it to a French dealer under warranty and doesn’t know what they did but they said 1 exhaust valve is the problem. They contacted Peugeot who advised a fix. They mentioned the timing and the cam, but it only took 90 minutes to carry out the work. If it lights up again owner to take it back. They wouldn’t give him a copy of the paperwork but did it under warranty.
18-8-2019: Report of intermittent loss of sound from radio, parking sensors, sat-nav: everything else working OK on 2015 Peugept 308GT now at 38,000 miles. Loses sound after switch off, not during a journey: can be off for a day or two or a few hours, then comes back on after a start-up. While the car was under warranty the dealership tried to solve the problem and has tried since the warranty ended, without being able to find the cause. It has occurred 10 times since the car was new. Owner has written to Peugeot Customer Services twice and all they suggest is taking it back to the dealership and maybe the dealership contacting the French operation. Dealership had not come across the problem before and is reluctant to try the French approach. We think probably a poor contact or poor earth somewhere in the infotainment system circuitry due to the type of solder used.
10-9-2019: Report of timing belt failure in 2014 Peugeot 308 1.2 Puretech E-THP at 33,782 miles in April 2019. Peugeot dealer who sold the car to the owner in 2017 refused to provide service history and details of any work carried out prior to the sale, citing GDPR (that only actually forbids the dissemination of personal details, not a vehicle repair record). Car took a month to repair with a fresh timing belt. On 20-6-2019 car underwnet an annual service. Various items flagged up were attended to including “slight bearing noise with a/c on, suspect a/c pump…. Due 20 Sep 2019”. Then on 23-7-2019 car broke down and was found to have a snapped crankshaft.
19-9-2019: Problems with 2014 Peugeot 308 SW 2.0 BlueHDi 150 Allure Estate Manual have included: New engine and clutch in June 2019. New front brake pads and discs in August 2019. Now the ADBLUE sensor has failed at considerable cost. £6,000 spent on repairs already since June 2019.
7-10-2019: Report of intermittently squealing front brakes on 2016 ex-demonstrator Peugerot 308GTI. Extended warranty insurer refuses to fix under warranty. peugeot refuses any goodwill because the dealer cannot experience the squealing. We recomended him to write a letter to the dealer principal of the supplying dealership complaining that he has alerted the dealership to a known fault that he is experiencing with the brakes and stating that, if the dealer does not attend to it, he, or his bereaved family in the worst case, will hold the dealer fully responsible. Send this letter by post office special delivery, keep a copy, check that it was delivered, print out a copy of the delivered certificate and staple the certificates to the copy of your letter so it becomes a matter of record for the courts should this ever be required.
4-12-2019: Report of 85k mile 2014/64 Peugeot 308 SW petrol engine using up to litre of oil every 1000 miles.
7-1-2020: Report of strange problem with 1.2 Puretech 130 engine of used-purchased ex-Motability 2016 Peugeot 308SW at 24,000 miles. Dash diplay warned of an ‘Engine Fault’, but car showed no change in performance.
20-1-2020: 1.2 PureTech engine problems on 2015 Peugeot 308. Car has covered just 42,000 miles and the dealer has identified 'low compression'. Car now needs a repacement engine. Despite having a full Peugeot dealer stamped service history, neither the dealer or Peugeot UK is willing to contribute towards the cost of repair.
27-1-2020: Report of 1.2 PureTech engine problems on 2015 Peugeot 308. Engine replacement needed, with Peugeot UK offering 30% contribution. Dealer f ound excessive leakage on cylinder three, this means the cylinder is not sealing correctly and oil is able to bypass piston rings and get into combustion chamber. Also combustion pressure can get past piston rings forcing oil into the breathing system. Which in turn will allow oil into the intake and then into the combustion chamber causing pre-ignition. Cause is wear between the piston and bore.
27-01-2021: Reports of engine failures with the 1.2 PureTech engine
14-3-2020: Problem with 1.2 PureTech 130 engine first reported 7-1-2020 leading to fault codes P1032 66 & P3060 66 finally diagnosed as carbon on the valves. Cleaned off by a special machine at a cost to the owner of £1100.
21-10-2020: Report of cam belt failure. Car has done 38k and is a 1.2 petrol 2015 model. 'Take to garage' warning came up on dashboard and owners has been quoted £3300 repair.
25-11-2020: Report of AdBlue tank needing replacing on Peugeot 308 GT Line 1.6 BlueHDi. Car is just 40 days out of its warranty and owner is being asked to cover 100 per cent of the cost. Car has covered 28,480 miles.
22-4-2014: R/2014/046 Peugeot 308. The front suspension wishbone mounting bolts might not have been manufactured to the correct specification potentially causing a risk of these parts breaking. Broken mounting bolts can be noticed by the driver through noises and poor directional control.
26-5-2015: R/2015/100 Peugeot 308. Build dates 18-7-2013 to 2-12-2014: VIN: VF3******DS126816 to VF3******ES285940: The fixing bolts of the front suspension wishbones may not be to the correct specification. This could lead to the bolts failing and the security of the wishbones being compromised. If this occurs, there is a possibility that the directional control of the vehicle could be adversely affected. Remedy: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected and replace all the fixing bolts of the front suspension wishbones.
14-7-2016 R/2016/160: Peugeot 208, 2008 and 308: FUEL MAY LEAK. The fuel injectors supply rail could develop a leak over a period of time leading to a drop in fuel pressure in the injector supply rail which can affect the operation of the stop start system. In some extreme cases the engine might not restart and a spray of petrol under the bonnet may occur which is a fire risk. Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected and check the fuel injector supply rail. Where necessary replace the fuel injector supply rail. VINS: VF3******ES138371 to VF3******ES137145. Build dates: 15-1-2014 to 12-6-2014.
24-04-2017: R/2017/140: STARTER MOTOR MAY NOT OPERATE CORRECTLY. A possible nonconformity of an internal component of the starter motor relay could affect the control of the starter motor. This could adversely affect the starting operation and damage the starter motor due to overheating and in extreme cases there is a risk of fire. Fix: On affected vehicles check and where necessary replace the starter motor relay. VINS: VF3******GT174225 to VF3******GS210463; VF3******GT174225 to VF3******GS210463; VF3******GT174225 to VF3******GS210463; VF3******GT174225 to VF3******GS210463; VF3******GT174225 to VF3******GS210463; VF3******GT174225 to VF3******GS210463; VF3******GT174225 to VF3******GS210463. Build dates: 15-05-2016 to 12-10-2016.
06-07-2017: R/2017/215: STARTER SUPPLY WIRE MAY CHAFE. The positioning of the starter motor supply terminal may not conform to specification. Contact with a neighbouring component could cause a short circuit. Fix: On affected vehicles, check the position of the terminal and where necessary reposition. Replace damaged components if necessary. VIN: VF3******ES298410 to VF3******EL030490; VF3******ES298410 to VF3******EL030490; VF3******ES298410 to VF3******EL030490; VF3******ES298410 to VF3******EL030490. Build dates: 02-10-2013 to 04-04-2017.
10-05-2018: Some 308 models built in November 2017 recalled over a faulty ECU which could lead to airbags not being deployed in the event of a collision. Peugeot changing the ECU in all affected vehicles as a precaution.
29-05-2019: R/2019/136: A plastic component inside the exhaust line could under certain conditions damage the diesel particle filter (DPF). Affects cars sold between October 2016 and June 2018.
3-6-2019: Report of (same engine) 2017/67 Citroen C4 1.3 Puretech 130 EAT6 auto being recalled for a "quality recall Software Download reference code GNK." GNK is that it is a quality campaign, and not a recall (as it is described by the customer)…which is why they “can’t find anything about this on the internet.” On the affected vehicles, the engine management ECU software may not be correct to specification. The upgrades relate mainly to injection tuning, ignition advance, timing management and knock prevention. This campaign consists of downloading the latest version of the engine management software.
- October 2013: Peugeot 308 prices and specifications announced
- September 2014: Peugeot 308 GT launched
- June 2020: Peugeot 308 updated
- November 2020: Prices announced for updated Peugeot 308
Peugeot 308 prices and specifications announced
The new 308 is now available to order with the announcement of full pricing and specifications, in readiness for the UK launch and first customer deliveries on 4 January 2014.
The pricing and specification of the New 308 builds on the product values: a stylish design, impressive driving experience, class-leading efficiency and built to high-standards with high-quality materials, but does so in ways that also enhance the delights of ownership and the stress-free driving experience.
The new 308 UK range has four trim levels, designated: Access, Active, Allure and Feline, each one with compelling features and competitively priced.
A full range of petrol and diesel engines is available from launch, and notably includes the accomplished 1.6-litre HDi 120 with CO2 from 82g/km. The arrival of the new 308 helps further enhance the Peugeot brand’s environmental commitment to low CO2motoring which is already second to none, and by May 2013 average emissions across the range were just 116.3g/km.
From launch the new 308 will be available with five petrol and HDi diesel engines, all offering class-leading fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. The highlight for environmentally aware drivers will be the 1.6-litre HDi 92, which hasemissions of just 93g/km.
In Spring 2014 the 308 was the first Peugeot car to benefit from an innovative three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine - the 1.2-litre e-THP with a choice of 110PS or 130PS. Also available is a BlueHDi models, including a segment-leading engine with emissions of just 82g/km, plus next generation six-speed automatic gearboxes. The Aisin Warner EAT6 6-speed torque converter auto can also be ordered with the 1.2 e-THP Puretech 130 petrol engine that has 230Nm of torque.
Peugeot 308 GT launched
The sporty version of the 308 gets changes such as the Peugeot lion emblem moved from the bonnet’s leading edge to the front grille, with three horizontal blades on either side. For optimum vision in all circumstances, the 308 GT has been fitted with top-of-the-range headlights made up of 62 LEDs.
Ride height has been lowered by 7mm at the front and 10mm at the rear for a more dynamic drive. The revised suspension is mated to a choice of high-performance engines, one petrol and one diesel, that already meet stringent Euro 6 emissions standards.
The four-cylinder 1.6-litre THP 205 Stop&Start petrol engine is specified with a six-speed manual gearbox to make the most of its 285Nm of torque, available between 1750 and 4500rpm. CO2 is 130g/km and official economy 50.4mpg.
Alongside this is a 2.0-litre BlueHDi. It delivers its maximum power of 180PS at 3750rpm and its maximum torque of 400Nm at 2000rpm. CO2emissions are 103g/km, equal to fuel consumption of 70.6 mpg.
Peugeot 308 updated
A new Vertigo Blue colour and two new alloy wheels will be available, while inside, the dashboard is equipped with a 100% digital Peugeot i-Cockpit® as well as a capacitive central screen with a "gloss" finish. In addition, the Peugeot 308 offers the latest petrol and diesel engines and a range of driving aids. Three main trim levels are available, with an additional set of equipment on offer via the ‘Premium’ derivatives.
Prices announced for updated Peugeot 308
Starting at £21,310, the new 308 features a revised trim line-up, a choice of efficient petrol and diesel engines and includes Peugeot's Digital i-Cockpit technology. The new 308 is now available to order through dealers and can also be bought online, with deliveries starting imminently.
The revised 308 is available in both hatchback and SW estate versions. For 2020, enhanced exterior styling features include a new Vertigo Blue colour option and new optional 16-inch Zircon diamond cut alloy wheels. The new 308 continues to offer a Black Pack option, which is available on GT Premium trim models. With the Black Pack, most of the chrome exterior trim is replaced by a gloss black finish, including front grille, front fog light surround and side window covers. The Black Pack also includes 18-inch diamond cut alloys in Sapphire Black.
Inside, the 308 features Peugeot's Digital i-Cockpit® technology, with a 10-inch head-up digital instrument panel featured as standard. Also included as standard across the range is a 9.7-inch capacitive high-definition colour touchscreen with Mirror Screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The Allure trim sees the introduction of 3D navigation, featuring voice recognition and TomTom Traffic alerts.
To further enhance the driving experience, the GT, GT Premium and GTi versions are fitted with the Driver Sport Pack as standard, including a Sport button which increases the responsiveness of the power steering and throttle for a more instinctive driving experience. Automatic versions also have a sportier gearshift pattern.
The Peugeot 308 line up also offers a complete range of driving assistance systems, depending on trim choice, including:
· Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function
· Visio Park 1 with 180° rear view camera and Park Assist function
· Latest-generation Automatic Emergency Braking and collision risk warning
· Active Lane Departure Warning (or roadside warning) with lane correction from 40mph (65 km/h) onwards
· Driver Attention Alert
· Peugeot Smartbeam Assist
· Speed Sign Recognition and Recommendation
· Active Blind Spot Monitoring system
The PEUGEOT 308 is available with a range of efficient PureTech petrol and BlueHDi diesel engines:
· 1.2L PureTech 110 S&S 6-speed manual
· 1.2L PureTech 130 S&S 6-speed manual
· 1.2L PureTech 130 S&S EAT8 8-speed automatic
· 1.5L BlueHDi 130 S&S 6-speed manual
· 1.5L BlueHDi 130 S&S EAT8 8-speed automatic
The Peugeot 308 GTi features a powerful turbocharged 1.6L PureTech engine producing 260PS and 340Nm of torque, and accelerates from 0-60mph in 6.0 seconds.
The updated 308 comes with Peugeot's revised trim structure. The entry level trim is Active Premium, followed by Allure, GT and GTi, which offer an intermediate Premium trim level (excluding GTi) to meet the demands of customers looking for greater comfort, aesthetics or assistance features.
The new Peugeot 308 range starts with the Active Premium 1.2L PureTech 110 S&S six-speed manual, priced from £21,310. The Active Premium trim is equipped with 16-inch ‘Quartz’ alloy wheels and comes with rear parking sensors.
Allure models start from £23,280 and add the Safety Plus Pack, Visio Park 1 180-degree reversing camera, sports style front seats, 16-inch Zircon alloy wheels and Connected 3D navigation with TomTom ® Live updates. Allure Premium adds adaptive cruise control and keyless entry and start.
The GT trim starts from £26,630 and offers Peugeot Connect SOS & Assistance, 17-inch Rubis alloy wheels, Driver Sport Pack and Mistral Oxford leather effect and cloth seat trim with red overstitch detail. GT Premium adds Active Blind Spot Monitoring, Park Assist, 18-inch 'Diamant' alloy wheels and Alcantara cloth and leather effect seat trim with red overstitch detail.
The range-topping GTi is priced at £31,985 and is equipped with a Torsen limited-slip differential, 19-inch Carbone two-tone finish diamond cut alloy wheels, twin exhausts and a black rear diffuser. It also features 11mm lower ride height and red brake calipers with 380mm front discs. Inside, there is a Mistral full grain perforated leather steering wheel with red stitch detail, GTi bucket seats featuring driver and passenger electric lumbar adjustment and PEUGEOT Sport branded Alcantara ® and leather effect seat trim with red overstitch detail with massage function.
On The Road Price
1.2L PureTech 110 S&S
1.5L BlueHDi 130 S&S
1.2L PureTech 130 S&S
1.2L PureTech 130 EAT8 S&S
1.5L BlueHDi 130 S&S
1.5L BlueHDi 130 EAT8 S&S
1.2L PureTech 130 S&S
1.2L PureTech 130 EAT8 S&S
1.5L BlueHDi 130 S&S
1.5L BlueHDi 130 EAT8 S&S
1.2L PureTech 130 EAT8 S&S
1.5L BlueHDi 130 EAT8 S&S
1.2L PureTech 130 EAT8 S&S
1.5L BlueHDi 130 EAT8 S&S
1.6L PureTech 260 S&S