Peugeot 308

Peugeot 308 Motability car frontThe Peugeot 308 is closely related in design to the smaller and delightful Peugeot 208, we feel it has the look of a futuristic Volkswagen Golf, which is no bad thing, but it is a car that has to stand as it competes in the toughest sector in the industry, the Ford Focus, Hyundai i30 and Seat Leon are indeed excellent but the lush clean interior of the 308, the ample boot of 470 litres (90 litres more than the VW Golf) and decrease in weight of up to 140kg over the outgoing model make for a very competitive package, throw into the mix a super diesel engine capable of over 75 miles per gallon and it becomes a real player so if you are after a medium sized car that is stylish, comfortable, well mannered to drive and well equipped then the 308 is worth a second look.

 

Peugeot 308 Motability car dashFour versions are available of the 308, the Access, Active, Allure and GT Line, even the entry level Access is well equipped with LED daytime running lights, air conditioning, electric front windows, cruise control, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity, but it is the Active and above that is the pick as it includes a 9.7″ touchscreen control panel that controls the audio, dual zone climate control and integrated sat nav, externally there are 16″ Alloy wheels and reversing sensors and extra comforts such as automatic lights, windscreen wipers and an electronic handbrake. The Allure adds a reversing camera, 17″ alloy wheels, front fog lights and LED headlamps with integrated LED running lights, the GT Line adds 18″ alloys (which are reported to have an adverse effect on the comfort of the 308), twin exhaust pipes, lower body frame, full LED’s and discreet body skirts.

 

Peugeot 308 Motability car rear

Both Diesel and Petrol engines are available for the 308, the 1.2 litre 3 cylinder with 82bhp offers 56.5 miles per gallon and a 0-62 time of 13.3 seconds but only has five manual gears, the 110bhp and 130bhp variants are better the larger being able to reach 62 in under 10 seconds and on to 127mph while still return a claimed 57 miles per gallon. The 1.6 litre diesel offering 120 brake horse power as a six speed manual propelling the 308 to 62 mph in 11.6 seconds and a claimed 91.1 miles per gallon. Automatic Diesel 308’s start at a crazy £2149 or the petrol auto 130bhp from £949. The Automatic gearbox is no longer a semi automatic but a 6 speed traditional torque convertor box and highly recommended but too expensive.

Spring Best Buy – Peugeot 308 ‘Active’ 1.2 130bhp petrol 6 speed Manual  –  £349 Advance Payment (£61.66 wpms) or £549 (£63.01 wpms) in Allure trim

Spring Best Buy – Peugeot 308 ‘Allure’ 1.6 diesel 120bhp 6 speed Manual  –  £1149 Advance Payment (£105 wpms)