Used Peugeot 308 Hatchback 2007 - 2013 review

Category: Family car

The Peugeot 308 is a competent small family car, but a long way behind its rivals

Peugeot 308 Hatchback (07 - 15)
  • Peugeot 308 Hatchback (07 - 15)
  • Peugeot 308 Hatchback (07 - 15)
Used Peugeot 308 Hatchback 2007 - 2013 review
Star rating

What's the used Peugeot 308 hatchback like?

The Peugeot 308 is a competent small family car but it doesn't excel in any particular area.

There's plenty of head- and legroom up front, and decent rear-seat headroom, but not enough legroom.


The Peugeot 308 is a competent small family car, but a long way behind its rivals

  • Refined smooth engines and a good safety rating
  • Dynamics, handling and shortage of cabin space are all disappointing

However, the driving position is compromised with offset pedals and restricted rear visibility.

The ride is uncomfortably firm, and the 308 can be unsettled by mid-corner bumps. It grips well, but never feels nimble. Overall, it falls well short of class leaders in this area.

It's a different story when it comes to refinement, however, with minimal wind and road noise - even at motorway speeds. The engines are also smooth and quiet. The 308 has a good safety record, with a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, and ISOFIX child-seat mounting points.

Ownership cost

What used Peugeot 308 hatchback will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Peugeot 308 hatchback?

You'll get an official average of 43.5mpg from the 1.4-litre and 42.2mpg from the 120bhp 1.6-litre petrol model. The 150bhp version does 39.8mpg and the 175bhp version 37.1mpg. Of the diesels, the less powerful 1.6-litre hits 62.8mpg, with the more powerful engine doing 55.3mpg. The 2.0-litre diesel does 51.4mpg.

Servicing costs aren't expensive, and there are plenty of independent garages that specialise in Peugeots. As long as the work is carried out on schedule, and using the correct parts, this shouldn't dent resale values.

Our recommendations

Which used Peugeot 308 hatchback should I buy?

The 95bhp 1.4-litre petrol model is acceptable, as long as you're not in a hurry, but the 120bhp 1.6-litre has noticeably more pep. There's also a turbocharged 1.6-litre with 140bhp, 150bhp or 173bhp. In any state of tune, this engine is entertaining, but pushes up running costs.

Those shopping for a diesel can choose between the 89bhp or 108bhp 1.6-litre engines (with the 108bhp unit being the better buy) or the rare 134bhp 2.0-litre.

Urban trim models miss out on alloys and air-con, but do get electric front windows, ISOFIX fixing points, six airbags and a CD player. S trim adds climate control, but little else, while Sport brings alloys, cruise and stability controls, and foglights. Range-topping SE trim adds a panoramic glass roof, dual-zone climate control and Bluetooth.

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