The hatchback version of the 308 is in a class that's packed with outstanding competition, but its refined engine and large boot should make it a serious contender for those after a diesel hatchback, especially when you consider this £4000 saving we've found online.
The car Peugeot 308 1.6 BlueHDi 120 Active Hatchback
The saving £4114
The discounted price £15,731
The broker uk-car-discount.co.uk
The new 118bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine is very quiet and refined. With it installed, the 308 is equally happy wafting down the motorway or nipping through town, thanks to a wide and flexible power band. It’s also very efficient, averaging 88.3mpg officially, meaning running costs should be reasonable.
The 308 rides comfortably and manages to deal with most small surface imperfections. The ride only becomes unsettled when you hit a big bump. Road noise is kept to a minimum, so long journeys are fairly relaxing.
The boot is larger than that in the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf and is only trumped by the much larger Skoda Octavia's for practicality.
Equipment levels are generous. Basic models get air-con, Bluetooth, and cruise control. Active models, such as the car in this deal, come with alloys, rear parking sensors and sat-nav as standard.
Body control is sloppy; when cornering, there’s a noticeable wait as the weight transfers to the outside wheels. It doesn’t feel anywhere near as composed as the Focus when driven quickly.
The 308’s resale values aren’t as strong as that of a BMW 1 Series, while Peugeot scored only average marks for reliability in the 2014 JD Power survey, so you haven’t got the same long-term peace of mind as some rivals.
The larger-than-average boot means that rear legroom isn't great - a six-footer sitting behind tall driver will find their knees rubbing the seat. The optional panoramic glass sunroof also compromises rear headroom.
Should I add any options?
Active trim is well equipped with air-con, Bluetooth, DAB radio, cruise control, alloys, rear parking sensors and sat-nav.
We'd recommend adding a CD player for an extra £80.
There are a number of paint options that start from around £525, and if you have the budget you may wish to pick one to help personalise the 308.
Allure models get full LED headlights, a reversing camera and front parking sensors, and Feline models get keyless entry, bigger alloys and a panoramic roof as standard.
Head to uk-car-discount.co.uk and select 'Peugeot' and '308' from the drop-down menus to see the available deals.