Used Peugeot 308 review

The smart Peugeot 308 is a consistent top performer alongside its rivals, here's why they make a great alternative to a Golf or Focus. 

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Originally released in 2007, the Peugeot 308 was designed from the offset to take the fight to the ever popular Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Golf. It instantly proved a hit thanks to its super efficient choice of engines and its five star Euro NCAP safety rating. In 2013, Peugeot completely redesigned the 308 from the ground up resulting in the car you see today. Underneath the stylish body was a new chassis and inside was a stunning new interior. Unsurprisingly, it has proven a big hit with critics, who have complimented its modern design and excellent driving dynamics.



The first generation Peugeot 308 had an exterior design that was very familiar across the Peugeot range, which may sound strange, but hear us out. The large gaping grille always dominated the front bumper, while the headlights blended into the front arches. Peugeot vastly improved the design of the 308 in 2013 with a sleek and sophisticated new body. The grille was now more subtle, but the sharp looking lights remained in situ. The rest of the body features more curves, which are complemented by some good-looking alloy wheel choices. 


Now we're not saying there is anything wrong with the first generation 308's interior, but it doesn't remotely compete with its younger sibling. The whole interior had a complete refresh. The stunning new dials sit just above the small steering wheel so the driver only has to glance down for the information they need, while the central dash has also been tidied up to offer a simplistic look that is complemented by a touchscreen just above it. Besides that, the rest of the interior got an uplift, with quality materials clearly being utilised throughout.



The first generation of 308 was actually built on the chassis of its predecessor, the 207. This resulted in a comfortable ride that would iron out imperfections in the road with ease. The current generation 308 took a massive leap forward in terms of driving dynamics, offering a more engaging experience that posed a real threat to Volkswagen and Ford. The highlight of the range has to be the GTI. This boasts a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that produces over 250bhp alongside a number of tweaks to the chassis that really sharpens the car up; the power is sent to the front wheels via a trick mechanical limited slip differential. The result? A genuine alternative to the Focus ST or Golf GTI - it's that good.


The Peugeot 308 has always been a largely practical car. The leg and headroom is generous in both the front and back of the car; the doors also open wide, making it easy to get child seats in and out (essential for young families). Head to the boot and you'll find 470 litres of storage space for all your shopping; fold the rear seats down and you'll have a rather pleasing 1185 litres of space at your disposal, perfect for those tip runs or family holidays down south.


Engines and transmissions

The 308 has always been designed to appeal to a range of requirements and budgets, which reflects in the range of engine choices available. There's a range of award-winning PureTech engines available alongside the super efficient BlueHDi diesel engines. Regardless of the engine you choose, you'll benefit from low emissions (lower road tax, yes please) and less trips to the fuel pump (again, yes please). The GTI is the most potent unsurprisingly, launching the car to 60mph in just 6 seconds! Both manual and automatic gearboxes are available (both excellent, by the way), and we're big fans of the super slick 8-speed auto that some of the cars boast.


The Peugeot 308 represents an excellent all-round car for the working professional who has a young family, but also values an engaging driving experience. The 308 is practical enough to seat the family comfortably and complete the weekly shop without hassle, while the taut chassis makes the car fun enough in the corners to make you forget you're driving a hatchback. Opt for the GTI, and we guarantee you won't be disappointed. To finalise, the range of efficient engines (helped by the excellent gearboxes) make the 308 perfect for long slogs on the motorway, ideal for the working man/woman.

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