- Good looking modern car
- Refreshingly simple interior
- Very practical
- Entry-level car sparse on kit
- Intense competition
If you’re on the hunt for a family hatchback then the new Peugeot 308 needs to be on your list. There isn’t one particular stand out reason for this but a host of smaller reasons that add up to a compelling case for the new 308 as your next new car.
As any family knows you need great practicality, low running costs and a real value for money price tag. The 308 is claimed to have the biggest boot in its class, and it can stow significantly more luggage than the popular Ford Focus and company car favourite, the VW Golf.
Low running costs
Running costs are kept low thanks to frugal and low emission diesel and petrol, with the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel particularly kind to wallets. The 92bhp diesel has an official average figure of over 78mpg so high 60s should be possible in everyday driving.
However, it’s the arrival of the new petrol and diesel engines in Spring 2014 that promise even lower costs with a new 120bhp, 1.6-litre diesel with an official fuel consumption of 91mpg on average.
Four trim levels to choose from
The range will launch with four trim levels: Access, Active, Allure and Feline. The entry level Access is likely to be a spares affair with steel wheels and no central command touch screen.
Next up is the Active and Allure versions which will prove to be the popular sellers as they will not only come with alloys and the touchscreen as standard, but also the full LED daytime running lights.
Finally there is the range topping Feline that features a panoramic sunroof as standard as well as upgraded interior.
High tech gadgets
The 308 also features some new high tech features including a central touchscreen measuring nearly ten inches. The screen accesses all the car’s major functions such as climate control, sat nav and audio controls.
This leaves a much cleaner and uncluttered central dash, and the screen is intuitive to use. I found it very easy to switch between air con, sat nav and audio, plus inputting a new destination into the navigation was equally easy.
Peugeot is also launching some apps including one called Coyote that enables other Peugeot cars fitted with Coyote to warn of traffic jams or other hazardous situations, plus the car’s handbook will be in a digital format so can be accessed within the car or from outside using a computer or tablet device.
Feline trim replaced by GT Line in 2014, and Sportium added
Capitalising on the sporting character of the 308 GT, the GT Line trim replaced Feline and brought with it 18-inch wheels, twin exhausts and a black rear diffusers. >
A new special edition model for the hatchback was also introduced, called Sportium, and aimed at boosting the appeal of Peugeot’s efficient three-cylinder petrol engine.
So the new 308 is sharper-looking, packs style and has very competitive running costs making it one of the leading medium family hatchbacks you can buy. Read the Parkers full Peugeot 308 review to find out more including full driving impressions.
What owners say about this car
Rare panoramic roof is a treat. The 1.2 engine is very willing. Gearing is progressive (35/45/55 for 4/5/6th). Big touch-screen... Read owner review
I road tested a Focus,Civic,Golf and Hyundai I30 before I went for the 308 it is far better than any... Read owner review
Nice car, but get the feeling it would become more mediocre if not gone for one with top spec and... Read owner review