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Peugeot 308 review

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Peugeot 308
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8 Feb 2018 10:15 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 13:03

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Peugeot 308 hatchback running costs

The 308 is competitively priced and should be relatively cheap to run. The diesels – particularly the 1.5 – and the 1.2 turbo petrol models are impressively economical, while their low CO2 emissions help to make them cheap to run as company cars. The least economical and clean engines are the 1.6 petrols reserved for the sportier models.

Resale values are the only area where the 308 struggles to match the class leaders, with most models achieving only average results. Cars such as the Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia may cost a bit more to begin with, but they’ll hold onto more of their value over the course of ownership, so are actually cheaper in the long run. That’s reflected in their cheaper finance deals, too.

Peugeot 308 hatchback equipment

Every 308 comes with a 9.7in infotainment touchscreen with sat-nav, Bluetooth, a digital radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink smartphone mirroring, cruise control, dual-zone climate control and rear parking sensors.

Allure models (the next step up from entry-level Active trim) are more expensive, but add sports seats and front parking sensors. GT Line adds LED headlights, 18in alloys and part-Alcantara sports seats as standard. Range-topping GT trim adds keyless entry, but it is very pricey.

At the top of the range sits the GTi, which gets the range’s largest 19in alloys and a whole host of unique sporting touches to go without its strong performance.

Peugeot 308

Peugeot 308 hatchback reliability

Reliability for Peugeot, and indeed the 308, does not make great reading. Peugeot as a brand scored poorly, finishing 27th out of the 32 manufacturers in our latest reliability survey. Volkswagen showed a better performance, while Skoda scored far higher.

The 308 didn’t do much better; it finished about mid-table in the family car class. That said, the Golf, Octavia and Vauxhall Astra finished mid-table or worse. Cars such as the Ford Focus and Toyota Auris scored higher marks.

All 308s come with three years of standard warranty, along with breakdown cover with the AA for the first year.

Peugeot 308 hatchback safety and security

The 308's standard safety equipment is comparable to most rivals'. In addition, Peugeot offers a Safety Plus and Driver Assistance Pack on some models that bring several desirable extras, including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, active lane assist, blindspot monitoring and automatic emergency braking. Security kit includes an engine immobiliser and deadlocks, and all models get an alarm.

The 308 was tested by Euro NCAP in 2013, when it received the full five-star rating. The Golf and Octavia were tested around the same time and also achieved five stars, but the 308 scored lower marks in its adult, child and pedestrian protection scores.

Security firm Thatcham Research has run its tests on the 308, too. While the car scored four stars out of a possible five for resisting being driven away, it scored only three stars for in resisting being broken into.

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Verdict

The Peugeot 308 has some frugal engines, but it falls way short of its best rivals to drive and rear space is tight

  • Clean and frugal engines
  • Smart interior
  • Large boot
  • Tight rear space
  • Sloppy handling
  • Fiddly infotainment
There are 6 trims available for the 308 hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
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Active
Active trim is the cheapest way into a 308. It comes as standard with 16in alloy wheels, climate control, rear parking sensors, a leather steering wheel, automatic lights and wipers, a 9.7in colour...View trim
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Allure
Going for Allure gets you larger 17in alloy wheels, front foglights, front and rear parking sensors, power folding mirrors and an electronic parking brake. Most of these are wants not needs, though...View trim
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Tech Edition
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GT Line
Larger 18in alloy wheels, tinted windows, LED headlights, a reversing camera and various sporty GT visual upgrades are your reward for buying Peugeot’s GT Line trim. We’d stick with Active, seeing...View trim
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GT
This is Peugeot’s ‘warm’ hatch version of the 308. As such, it gets two potent engine choices, as well as a lowered ride height, keyless entry and start, radar cruise control and automatic emergenc...View trim
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GTi
The GTi not only gets more power, but 19in alloy wheels as standard, a Torsen limited-slip differential on its front axle, red brake calipers and bigger front brake discs. It also gets bespoke buck...View trim
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