Peugeot 308 (2014) Review

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Peugeot 308 (2014) At A Glance

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.

New prices start from £23,014, brokers can source from £16,665
Contract hire deals from £205.70 per month
Insurance Groups are between 9–29
On average it achieves 72% of the official MPG figure

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.

Peugeot 308 SW 2014 Road Test

Peugeot 308 1.2 Puretech 130 Active Long Term Test

Peugeot 308 2017 Revamp Rnage Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Peugeot 308 (2014)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

72%

Real MPG

31–72 mpg

MPGs submitted

440

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What car would you recommend for a long commute?
"My Daughter has a new job that involves a 110-mile per day commute, mostly motorway. She'd like an automatic. Economy is important as well as safety and reliability. We have a budget of up to £12,000. What would you recommend? Thank you."
We'd recommend a Hyundai i30. The latest model is within budget, with the very efficient 1.6 CRDi engine and reliable automatic gearbox. It'll have the remainder of Hyundai's five-year, unlimited mileage warranty. Also consider a Peugeot 308 with the 1.5 BlueHDi engine and automatic gearbox.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Do I need headlight beam deflectors for driving in France?
"I'm driving to Italy from the UK in my 2016 Peugeot 308. I will have to drive through France and Switzerland. Do I need to apply headlight beam deflectors or not? The car has a fitted manual adjustment regulator like most cars nowadays. Would manual adjustment be sufficient. Many thanks."
You are required by law to carry the following items: Reflective jackets – one for each occupant, these must be kept inside the vehicle within easy reach, warning triangle, headlamp beam deflectors (depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually), breathalyser/alcohol test, spare bulbs are recommended but not mandatory, snow chains may also be needed in some areas during winter. These areas will be indicated by signs and are compulsory, so it is worth having them in your car if you’re visiting during winter. The AA have a Europe Driving Kit with it all in for about £22: https://amzn.to/38A1rOx
Answered by Georgia Petrie
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.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What five-door hatchback should we buy?
"We are looking for a five-door hatchback. Petrol, manual or automatic, medium size with higher profile tyres. Mechanical/electronic reliability and rust resistance are important. Probably two to four years old but new if a case for it can be made. Value is more important than price. If you would list a few ideas I would be very grateful. "
We'd recommend the latest (2018-) Kia Ceed. A nearly-new one represents very good value for money and it will have the remainder of its seven-year warranty. Also consider a Mazda 3 or Peugeot 308.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Peugeot 308 (2014) cost?

Buy new from £16,665 (list price from £22,060)
Contract hire from £205.70 per month