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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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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Peugeot 308 hatchback front space

A couple of tall adults will have no problem with the space available around the 308’s front seats – both head room and leg room are very generous. There’s also plenty of width, so there’s no danger of the driver and front passenger rubbing shoulders.

Each front door benefits from a good-sized pocket, while a cubby at the base of the dashboard, in front of the gearlever, will take a smartphone, wallet and keys. Behind the gearlever sits a cupholder and beneath the central armrest is another large cubby.

Peugeot 308 hatchback rear space

One of the 308’s worst features is its rear space. It’s poor next to almost all of its rivals, including the Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra, but especially huge rivals such as the Skoda Octavia.

Essentially, adults will have a hard time staying comfortable on a long journey. Head room isn’t too bad, but there’s precious leg room, so their knees will be forced against the front seatbacks. At least each rear door comes with a generous cubby.

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Peugeot 308 hatchback seating flexibility

The 308 doesn’t stand out for its seating flexibility; it offers what most of its rivals do. That’s to say the front passenger seat adjusts for height as standard and its rear seats can be split in a 60/40 configuration and folded down to open up boot space.

However, the rear seats don’t slide back and forth, nor can their backrests be adjusted (although that’s rare in this class). Unfortunately, you can’t fold down the 308’s front passenger seat as standard or as an option in order to fit in particularly long items.

Peugeot 308 hatchback boot space

The 308’s boot is one of the better options in the class. It has 470 litres, which is a fair bit less than what an Octavia can manage, but a lot more than what you get in the Golf or Ford Focus. However, part of the reason for the 308’s impressive boot is because Peugeot has traded rear leg room for boot space.

The boot is a nice square shape, although with no adjustable boot floor as standard or as an option there’s a fair distance down to the boot floor, leading to a lip at the boot entrance to lift heavy bags over.

 

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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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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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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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