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Peugeot 308

The independent definitive Peugeot 308 video review
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    A DESIGN FOR LIFE (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    Peugeot's improved 308 remains a very competitive family hatch. Jonathan Crouch looks at the revised version.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 65

    The Peugeot 308 continues to deliver a well executed family hatchback formula that offers a focus on refinement, interior quality and efficiency. That's enough to keep it reasonably competitive against the Ford and Volkswagen class leaders, helped by the fact that the French brand has kept its engine technology well up to date. There's a level of self-confidence and, yes, desirability here that just works.

    Backgroundword count: 157

    This second generation 'T9'-series Peugeot 308 has been on sale since 2013, but the brand has continually improved it, most recently with the minor range of updates we look at here. So where does that leave this car? Well it depends what you look for in an Astra-sized family hatchback. If it's driving excitement, you'll find it in a Ford Focus. If it's sheer value, then you're more likely to be drawn towards cars like Hyundai's i30 or Kia's Ceed. But what if your priorities are a bit more relaxed? You want an expensive feel. An absorbent ride. A laid back demeanour. And a car that makes you feel you're in something much nicer. Perhaps, just perhaps, you want a 308. As before, the car runs on the PSA Group's hi-tech EMP2 ('Efficient Modular Platform 2'), underpinnings that support a smart, still classy-looking body. Should family hatch buyers still take this car seriously? Let's check it out.

    Driving Experienceword count: 191

    Peugeot has refined the mainstream 308 engine line-up down into the two units that actually sell, namely the 1.2-litre three cylinder PureTech petrol unit (offered in 110 and 130hp guises). And the 1.5-litre four cylinder BlueHDi diesel (offered in 100hp and 130hp forms). The higher-powered units in each case are offered with and optional EAT8 auto gearbox. The full-fat Gti hot hatch still continues too, with its older petrol 1.6-litre THP unit in 263bhp guise, with 340Nm of torque. Dynamically, the 308 has never really been a car for the hard charger. Instead, it's a family hatchback that's more about refinement and a relaxed gait. The suspension carries no great surprises, with a standard front strut and rear torsion beam arrangement. Peugeot has fitted rear trailing arms that allow greater longitudinal arc in the wheel travel. It sounds esoteric but it makes for a smoother ride when the rear wheels hit ridges or bumps. The electrically-assisted power steering is geared towards ease of use rather than detailed feedback but perhaps that's just as well. It makes the 308 very comfortable around town in the sort of usage it will mostly see.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    0-62 mph (s):

    6

    13.3

    Combined mpg:

    47.1

    91.1

    Extra urban mpg:

    57.6

    97.4

    Height (mm):

    1446

    1457

    Length (mm):

    4253

    Max Speed (mph):

    107

    155

    ... and 6 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Compact Family Cars

    Performance
    70%
    Handling
    70%
    Comfort
    80%
    Space
    70%
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