What's the used Peugeot 308 like?
It might seem like the SUV has had it all its own way over the last few years, especially for those seeking a practical and good-value family car, but the hatchback still has a lot of life left in it.
It wasn’t so long ago that we used to associated Peugeot with the production of innovative small hatchbacks designed to appeal to just that audience, with cars such as the 205 and the 306 leading the way, but the French firm seemed to lose its thread for a while. However, when this all-new version of the 308 came along in 2014, we realised that once again it had a serious contender on its hands, and it scooped up the European Car of the Year Award that year.
Maybe that victory wasn’t so surprising: It’s a tidy and pleasing design, the 308, if not an innovative one, and it has a wide range of petrol and Euro 6-compliant diesel engines.
Those petrol engines range from an 81bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder unit to the usual turbocharged 1.6-litre with 203bhp, with 108bhp and 128bhp 1.2-litre turbo triples making up the rest of the petrol range.
Diesels include 1.6-litre units of 99bhp and 118bhp, while the range is completed with a pair of 2.0-litre HDis, producing 148bhp and 178bhp respectively.
There’s a pleasing choice of trim levels, too, with even the entry-level offering LED day-running-lights, air conditioning, cruise control, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity as standard, while range-topping GT trim is positively plush.
The 308 is good to drive and comfortable inside, although some won’t be enarmoured of its unusual small steering wheel and high-set instruments. It’s a smart interior, though, and there’s a large boot, too. Pricing, both new and, as here, used, has always been competitive.