Should you buy a Peugeot 308?
It’s fair to say previous Peugeot medium-sized hatchbacks have been quite forgettable, but with this 308 the French manufacturer is back on form. The Peugeot 308 is a sharply styled model with good interior quality, competitive running costs and practicality, so it will appeal to family buyers as one of the leading medium family hatchbacks you can buy. Its a crowded market, and while the Ford Focus is still the best to drive, this 308 isn't particularly far behind.
The quality of this new generation 308 is much improved and all models are well-equipped with a central touchscreen, alloy wheels and air-con. Extras worth considering are the panoramic sunroof (standard on the range topping models), driver assistance pack for enhanced safety systems and, if you have kids glued to tablets, the 3G dongle that can provide wi-fi connection.
Allure and Active are likely to be the most numerous, avoid buying the entry-level Access version unless it is bargain bucket cheap as it doesn’t come with the very useful central touchscreen or electric parking brake, plus it features steel wheels as standard. The Feline packs the most kit as standard.
Car buyers covering 12,000 miles or less should consider a petrol engine with the 1.2-litre version proving frugal, while the 1.6-litre offers better performance.
If keeping bills low is a concern then the 1.2-litre PureTech 110 makes a lot of sense – it offers almost diesel-like running costs but is cheaper to buy in the first place. A general shifting trend away from diesel means a PureTech petrol will probably be easier to sell on, too, especially in a higher trim with attractive driver assistance tech options added.
For rock bottom CO2 and BIK bills, though, the 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 is still hard to beat, with 93g/km it should keep the environment and your fleet manager happy.
It won’t appeal to all, but we also think the 308 GTi is one of the best of the hot hatchbacks on the market with its powerful engine and engaging handling. The grippy front differential offers great driver involvement and the under-the-radar styling gives it stealth-fighter appeal.