What is it?
This is the Peugeot 308 CC – the latest model to join the ever-expanding 308 family. From launch the car will come with either a 2.0 diesel or a 147bhp 1.6 THP turbocharged petrol engine, with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard in both the oil-burner and the 1.6 THP 150 model that we’re testing here. A six-speed auto is optional on the diesel, while a four-speed auto is available on the petrol.
What’s it like?
Peugeot describes this car as a ‘pleasure vehicle’ and it's not far wrong, for the 308 CC impresses as soon as you get in. The interior boasts plenty of high-class materials, with soft-touch plastics, a piano black centre console and chrome detailing making the cabin feel suitably special. Even the bulky but comfortable front seats can have in-built ‘head airbags’ (an industry first) and a Mercedes-style ‘air scarf’.
Just don’t expect the same levels of comfort in the back. Peugeot might claim that its 308 CC is a "genuine four-seater" but that’s only the case if the occupants are genuinely tiny. You’re unlikely to buy a CC if you regularly carry four adults, but the 308 is one to avoid even if you have older kids.
At least the boot offers decent lugging ability, with 266 litres available with the roof down and 465 litres on offer with it up; that's more than the class average, though the high boot lip and small boot opening would makes it less than practical for bulky items.