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A competent, well priced family hatch

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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19 November 2008

[quote Autocar]what's described as a 'sports front bumper' with fog lights.[/quote]

Is this Peugeot's wording for fugly!

 

 

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

20 November 2008

I drove one a couple of months ago, it was a Hertz rental. It was a mixture of mostly french "départementale" roads with a couple of hundred kilometres of "autoroute" (550 kms in total). It's very nice on the highway, but i found it to be a bit too stiffly sprung / over-damped over relatively bumpy sections. The steering started to get a bit busy above 65 km/h.

Maybe its tyres were over-inflated? In terms of looks, 306 >>> 307 > 308. It looks like it's been in an accident.

20 November 2008

[quote Samiur Rahman SHAH]It's very nice on the highway, but i found it to be a bit too stiffly sprung / over-damped over relatively bumpy sections. The steering started to get a bit busy above 65 km/h. [/quote]

I fear that this is Peugeot following the herd.

At one time Peugeot did all its suspension work in house and even manufactured the dampers to its own design. Now they seem to have stripped down the competition's cars and decided what they can get away with copying and still serve up an adequate suspension compromise. Sad but I suppose inevitable if the bosses target the VW Golf as the market leader rather than drawing on their heritage for inspiration.

20 November 2008

[quote jerry99]Now they seem to have stripped down the competition's cars and decided what they can get away with copying and still serve up an adequate suspension compromise. Sad but I suppose inevitable if the bosses target the VW Golf as the market leader rather than drawing on their heritage for inspiration[/quote]

If it were badged as a GTi (or RC as it's called in France), I would have understood, but I don't see the point of a 1.6 diesel car being so stiff. The seats are rather hard as well, you need to remove your wallet from your back-pocket or you'll feel your cheek going numb...

I haven't driven a Golf yet, a Touran TDI, yes, although that copes admirably with or without a full load on board.

20 November 2008

In this case I think the suspension travel is limited to ensure that the minimalist suspension is kept within tight geometric tolerances and does not induce unexpected handling.

The latest VW Golf has a better rear suspension design but I think Peugeot spent the money they saved here on trying to match the Golf's interior trim finish, hoping the average driver would than overlook the lost ride comfort.

Perhaps if they spent as much on suspension as they did in the old days they would not need to worry about loose trim because the suspension would reduce the rattles?

21 November 2008

I drive one of these and find the ride very good and the seats nice aswell. This is an S model with the 15" wheels. Perhaps you had a sport or the likes?

The interior is class and the engine very smooth and quiet.

21 November 2008


21 November 2008

[quote silver_lining]

I drive one of these and find the ride very good and the seats nice aswell. This is an S model with the 15" wheels. Perhaps you had a sport or the likes?

The interior is class and the engine very smooth and quiet.

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I think that the rims were 15"s on the car I drove as well. It was very good on the motorway, but over rough roads it felt jittery. Maybe my reference of ride quality is a bit old-fashioned?

As for the interior, no doubt, it does the job while not looking offensive, and is much better looking than the one in a 207. The DV6 engine is very good as well. Minimal turbo-lag and strong mid-range punch. Not like a Yaris D4-D that needs quite a bit of stick to get up to boost.

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