Peugeot, like a lot of major car makers, says it will provide fewer cars to daily fleets in order to aid residuals. We’ll see how that goes.

A below-average residual value forecast from market experts so far suggests that the used market is unconvinced by the 308. Predictably, the Golf rules the roost here.

It's a good car but the Peugeot – and many of its rivals – cannot match the all-round appeal and quality of the Volkswagen Golf

Only a fool strays higher than Allure spec; the cruise control, 18in wheels and panoramic roof of Feline trim are best avoided. Lower-middle Active trim is best. Spend extra on metallic paint and front fogs.

Opt for the 1.6-litre e-HDi and you'll average around 50mpg, which should please most buyers. In fact, most of the Peugeot's engines should prove frugal both in terms of consumption and road tax.

Reliability should prove good too, as the vast majority of components used are tried and tested, and the general standard of build quality feels of a high standard.

Top 5 Family hatchbacks

  • More than 29 million Golfs have been sold since 1974

    Volkswagen Golf

  • The standout component of the Ford Focus has always been its handling

    Ford Focus

  • Leon
    Seat offers five engines for the Leon, ranging from a 104bhp 1.2 petrol to a 181bhp 2.0 diesel

    Seat Leon

  • Mazda 3
    The SkyActiv platform used in the 3 features more high and ultra-high-strength steel, offering greater strength and less weight

    Mazda 3

  • Peugeot 308
    The 308 marks the first time a carry-over name has been applied to an all-new Peugeot

    Peugeot 308


Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    27 November 2015
    We try the turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol version of the Golf Bluemotion. If you're not doing mega miles, it's a better bet than the diesel
  • 2015 Mercedes-AMG A45
    First Drive
    27 November 2015
    Mercedes couldn't let the Audi RS3 get away with having more power than its AMG A45. As part of a wholesale A-Class facelift, it now has 376bhp and a host of other revisions
  • First Drive
    25 November 2015
    More powerful Clubsport version of Volkswagen's iconic hot hatch proves thoroughly entertaining on our track-only first drive in Portugal
  • First Drive
    25 November 2015
    Suzuki has added an automatic diesel powertrain to its S-Cross crossover line-up. Does it offer a compelling choice over the manual versions?
  • First Drive
    24 November 2015
    Alpina’s D3 saloon and estate benefit from the latest BMW 3 Series updates. We've always loved it, but is it still as beguiling as ever in this latest form?