The 308 CC is closely priced against its main rivals, and similarly equipped. It’s worth noting that at the highest levels of the model range, the Peugeot strays well into Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series cabriolet price territory, where it is a little out of its depth. But the mid-range petrol and diesel models offer an attractive blend of equipment and value.
The depreciation curves of coupé-cabriolets have normalised somewhat over the last decade, to the point where they now tend to be slightly steeper than for their hatchback equivalents. With a higher initial price than a regular 308 hatchback, there’s further for the CC to fall too. But the 308 CC, being one of the class’ better offerings, suffers less in this regard than some. Sold with a five-year/50,000-mile service package for £199, some of the earliest used examples will receive a boost to their residual values derived from a boost in buyer confidence, too.
The 2.0-litre HDi has competitive fuel economy: it record 35.7mpg over the entirety of our test, and could be expected to better 40mpg in typical everyday use, provided a decent proportion of motorway cruising is included.
Shorter gearing and harder use would probably mean that Peugeot 1.6-litre e-HDi would fail to better that return by very much on a long journey. Its advantage is with its automatic engine start-stop system, which can be expected to make a telling difference during predominately urban use.
Insurance ratings for the 308 CC are competitive in the main, unless you opt for the 197bhp GT model, which is classified in group 30 of 50 – five groups higher than a Renault Megane CC 180 TCE.