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If you’ve got a penchant for French metal and you’re after a spacious, frugal and generally inoffensive family hatchback, then the 308 makes a good case for itself

Our Verdict

The Peugeot 308 is refined and inexpensive, but it lacks dynamic excellence

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    Peugeot 308 1.6 e-HDi

    If you’ve got a penchant for French metal and you’re after a spacious, frugal and generally inoffensive family hatchback, then the 308 makes a good case for it
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    Peugeot 308 e-HDi Active SW

    Refined, economical and pleasant enough small estate that’s also practical

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29 November 2011

Your 50 minute 11 mile commute? Good God thank goodness I do not live anywhere near a big city. If I drive for 50 minutes I would be at least 40 miles from home.

29 November 2011

[quote Maxycat]Your 50 minute 11 mile commute? Good God thank goodness I do not live anywhere near a big city. If I drive for 50 minutes I would be at least 40 miles from home[/quote]

My commute can be much more than double that, depending on the traffic.

29 November 2011

[quote Autocar]Now we’ve got the 308 in the UK to see how it copes with Britain’s battered black top.[/quote] I would like to like this car, if only to think there was a sensible choice other than the Golf, but having had a 307 that was quite probably the worst car I have ever had (and that includes a Mini Metro) which rattled and crashed over the UK's bad roads from within a month of buying it new, the electrics played up (a problem that was never resolved), and a mileometer that added on extra miles that had not been driven, apparently a known problem for which the dealer claimed there was no known fix. I was so glad to get rid of it. and also sorely disappointed as memories of a lovely little 205 back in the late '80s had persuaded me to go for the 307 in the first place.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

29 November 2011

[quote ordinary bloke]memories of a lovely little 205 back in the late '80s had persuaded me to go for the 307 in the first place.[/quote]I consider the 205 was the best car of the 80's. I drove about 140k miles in my 1985 205 XD over 7 years, the French consider it as the car that saved Peugeot.

29 November 2011

This is the seventh consecutive car that Autocar has tested that has been red.

29 November 2011

[quote ordinary bloke]having had a 307 that was quite probably the worst car I have ever had[/quote] I'm sorry to hear that. I had one as a company car (not my choice by the way), and liked it so much, we bought one for my (then) fiancée - nice cars (she took it with her when we split up!) - in fact I was thinking about it today - unremarkable to drive, but comfortable, roomy, reasonably well made, and in my case ('05 1.6 HDi) reliable and economical. If I needed a cheap car, I'd definitely have another.

29 November 2011

this brings to mind the 1990 Ford Escort that was reviewed on the site in the last couple of days, A car that really isnt good enough to understand why anyone would buy one. Its not as if at £20,000 its a cheap way to travel. Forget fuel consumption, depreciation will cost a fortune. And its just not good enough to drive not to buy a Kia or Hyundai instead

And all this from the maker of the 309 and 306. so much for heritage!

30 November 2011

Rented one of these (pre face lift shown here) and confess it was the WORST DRIVE of the last 15 years for me. Noisey - terrible suspension (which they clearly havent fixed) not frugal at all, lousy performance, small luggage space etc etc etc. Was happy to throw it back at the rental company - amazingly still in one piece!

30 November 2011

It's not going to be long before we see the 308's replacement the 301 (which bearing in mind recent products, I have slightly higher hopes for) so I am ignoring any of chassis criticism. Unfortunately, this car is getting long in the tooth and it wasn't great when it was launched.

The useful part of this report is regarding the drive train. It is a useful system that definitely enhances this small capacity engine.

However..... I was initially going to say this would be an ideal commuter car, for people that do city mileage and short stop start journeys - then a thought occurred. It's a diesel, complete with it's DPF's and other related issues. This car is anything but a short range commuter car.

Why can't Peugeot offer this sort of system on their petrol models as well? It would make more sense and give their vehicles a much wider audience.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

30 November 2011

I have almost the same engine as this in my new Focus and it seems like a backward step from the previous generation 1.6 PSA diesel, in terms of driveability and economy. I just hope it improves with a few more miles under it's belt.

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