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.