The brand new 2015 Peugeot 308 is intended to take Peugeot back to the best of the sleek hatchback class. It’s bigger and a lot more effective compared to in the past, and aims to inject a bit of French flair in to the mix, with a high-grade, sophisticated inside.
Previous Peugeot 308 versions have actually battled to match class-leading household hatchbacks such as the Volkswagen Golf, yet this brand new version resembles a much more outstanding bundle. It obtains a special light-weight framework that saves as much as 140kg compared with the aged vehicle (depending on which engine you pick) and also increases performance.
2015 Peugeot 308 Styling
The 308 has plainly taken motivation from the elegant 208, although this isn’t simply a bigger supermini. The rear end is more upright and there are plenty of neat details. Top-spec Allure and Feline designs get LED headlamps, yet regardless the slim lights and narrow grille are distinctive. Bulging rear wheelarches include an assertive touch, while the tiny light clusters and slim rear screen are likewise brilliant.
Inside, the 308 maintains Peugeot’s existing run of elegant style. The dash panel layout has a hexagonal motif and there aren’t lots of buttons– most devices are controlled using the touchscreen. This looks fantastic, but you have to work your means via taxing sub-menus merely to change the log cabin temperature level.Sadly, as in the 208, Peugeot has placed the dials high up on the dashboard, and the steering wheel doesn’t change up enough for some folks to see them via it. It’ll function all right for some, however you could have to reduce the tire– and then the rim obscures the odometer.
In terms of interior style, there’s little to separate the SEAT Leon and 308, but the Peugeot’s layout isn’t really as simple to obtain in addition to. While
it really feels typically well put together, some of the lower-level plastics appear a bit economical. The fresh inside is definitely performed better compared to in competitors such as the Vauxhall Astra or Ford Focus.
2015 Peugeot 308 Steering
There’s an all-new system under the 308, and it’s been created for a mix of travelling comfort and sharp handling. On the whole, it delivers. There’s suitable turn-in and the framework feels energetic in corners. Just like some of its competitors, you can’t turn off the stability control entirely, yet the system does enable the back side to move around prior to it captivates. There’s additional physical body roll compared to in our Car of the Year, the SEAT Leon, and the 308 is unsettled by mid-corner bumps that don’t problem the SEAT.
The Peugeot has the top hand for travelling capacity. While the 18-inch alloys on the Feline-spec versions tighten the ride and add roadway noise at motorway rates, the suspension usually takes in blemishes well. Huge bumps send out an extreme thud via the cabin, but on the whole the 308’s softer set-up is a lot more soothing than the Leon’s on most surfaces.
The Peugeot 308 is being provided with three gas and 2 diesel engines, however this range will certainly broaden with the addition of small-capacity turbocharged petroleums and ultra-efficient diesels in 2014. The 1.6-litre e-HDI 308 is the model to choose – it’s clearly set up for comfort and refinement rather than downright pace. The diesel engine is muffled at greater speeds and returns well over 70mpg.
Peugeot’s hands-on gearbox is less impressive, nonetheless, really feeling a bit loose and imprecise sometimes. Eager vehicle drivers, however, will certainly be better off waiting for the 308 GTI, which is established to show up in 2014 and will be powered by the 270bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine from the Peugeot RCZ-R.
2015 Peugeot 308 Reliability
French automobiles haven’t had the best credibility for dependability in the past, and even existing Peugeots have actually been known to struggle with some annoying electrical concerns. Owners of the smaller Peugeot 208 have actually reported problems with the dashboard touchscreen, so this is something to look out for on the 308. On the plus side, it uses a lot of tried-and-tested components and you obtain the industry-standard three-year warranty.
The brand new 308 has certainly yet to prove itself, but Peugeot is readied to use this system for a number of future designs, so considerable screening should suggest it does not endure the reliability troubles of its precursors.
Peugeot dealers have to improve, though: in our Driver Power 2013 contentment study, owners elected them 26th out of 31. The 308 has a luxury Euro NCAP score, yet just Allure and Feline models get the most recent hi-tech security systems.
2015 Peugeot 308 Functionality
This is one of the highlights of the brand-new 308. Broad doors indicate good access to the back seats, but 308s with the Cielo breathtaking roof covering have hardly any headroom in the rear. Even average-height clients will certainly brush the roofing with their heads.
Cabin storage isn’t terrific, either, with a small glovebox and armrest cubbyhole. The latter slides back and forth, but its locking catch nipped among our testers’ fingers. The narrow back window and thick C-pillars hamper rearward visibility.
Sacrifices in the rear ways boot capacity puffinesses to an outstanding 470 litres with the rear seats in position (including 35 litres in 2 under-floor storage containers). That’s a whole 90 litres more than the VW Golf.
Buyers seeking higher functionality must claim the 308 SW estate, which is planned to debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and need to go on sale in the spring.