Our 308 is finished in the Vertigo Blue Metallic paint and comes fitted with 19-inch 'Carbone' Two Tone Alloy Wheels. The 'GTi' specification is based on the 'GT' trim and includes some fantastic features as standard. These include Rear Parking Sensors with a Colour Rear Parking Camera, LED Headlights with Dusk and Rain Sensors, Cruise Control with Speed Limiter Assist, Keyless Entry and Go as well as the Driver Sport Pack. With 470 litres of luggage space, the 308 GTi is a very practical Hot Hatch. Perfect for a weekend away, the space can also be expanded when the rear seats are lowered. Leading to the cabin, our car is trimmed with 'Leather Effect/Alcantara' upholstery decorates the Peugeot Sport branded Front Seats. The Bucket Style design of the seats provides excellent support and not only feature Lumbar Adjustment but also 2-Stage Massaging Functions too. The 8-inch 'Peugeot Connect' system is paired to the 10-inch 'i-Cockpit' display and provides seamless access to AM/FM and DAB radio bands with Bluetooth and USB media connectivity. Navigation is also provided by TomTom with Apple Carplay and Android Auto included too.
Petrol 37.8 combined MPG (WLTP)
Vertigo Blue Metallic
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Created for enthusiastic drivers, the Peugeot 308 GTi provides a confident driving experience whilst behind the wheel. This is further emphasised by the Torsen Limited Slip Differential.
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Automatic triggered rear windscreen wiper in reverse gear, Dark tinted Rear side and tailgate windows, Electric front/rear windows with one touch/auto up/down, Front windscreen wiper with multi speed setting, Heated rear windscreen
ABS + EBD + EBA, ESP, Front/rear disc brakes, Red painted Peugeot sport brake calipers with 380mm front discs
Lowered ride height - 11mm
Bluetooth telephone facility
Front and rear parking sensors, Visio Park 1 with 180 degree Colour reversing camera
3.5" GTi instrument panel display, 3D connected navigation, 9.7" capacitive touchscreen in centre console, Exterior temperature indicator with ice warning, Mirror screen with mirror link, apple carplay and android auto, Multi function trip computer, Peugeot connect SOS and assistance, Peugeot i-Cockpit with 10" head-up digital instrument panel, Peugeot i-cockpit with compact multi-function steering wheel, Service interval indicator
Electric operated/heated door mirrors, Nera black door mirrors, Power folding door mirrors with courtesy approach lighting
Satin chrome dash trim
DAB Digital radio, Steering column mounted multifunction controls, USB socket, Voice recognition for radio, navigation and telephony features
Exterior Body Features
Aluminium GTI door sill finishers, Body colour door handles, Chrome side window trim, GTi emblems in front wings and tailgate, High gloss black radiator grille, Large twin exhaust and black rear diffuser, Radiator grille - gloss black chequered with gloss black edge trim and red Peugeot lettering, Red front lower bumper, Roof mounted antenna, Side skirts in sport design
2 X Rear number plate lights, Full LED headlights with LED fog lights, sequential LED indicators, sports front bumper and Self-levelling headlights, Headlights left on audible warning, LED daytime running lights built into the headlamp unit, Rear LED Peugeot signature 'Claw Effect' lights, Side indicator lights integrated into door mirrors
Dual zone automatic climate control
12V socket, 2x Rear coat hooks, 4 Grab handles retractable and damped, Alcantara/leather upholstery with red stitching, Aluminium style pedals and door sills, Central front armrest with height and longitudinal adjustment, Door armrests and facia panels trimmed in mistral leather effect trim with red stitch, Electric power steering with reach and rake adjustable steering column, Fixing rings 4 in load compartment, Front armrest and gear lever gaiter with red contrast stitching, Front centre console cup holders, Gear shift indicator, Mistral full grain leather steering wheel with red stitch detail and GTi emblem and red centering mark, Rear armrest with ski flap and two cup holders, Roof lining - Tramontane black, Satin chrome gear lever, Satin chrome interior door handles
Front interior light with 2 reading spotlights and rear interior light with timer
Driver sport pack - 308, Visibility pack - 308
2x Isofix child seat fitting on outer rear seats, 3x Rear three-point retractable seatbelts with force limiters in the outer rear seats, Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags with passenger airbag deactivation function, Child locks on rear doors, Driver/front passenger side airbags, Front and rear curtain airbags, Front optimised safety headrests and rear retractable headrests (x3), height adjustable, Front three point retractable seatbelts with force limiters, Tyre pressure sensor
1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats, Driver and front passenger seat height adjustment, Driver and front passenger seat manual adjustment in longitudinal and back rest angle, Driver and front passenger seat massage function with two intensity settings, Driver seat lumbar adjustment, Front passenger seat lumbar adjustment, Front seat back map pockets, GTi bucket seat with Peugeot Sport branding, Seatbelt not fastened audible and visual alert for front seats, Seatbelt unfastened on the move audible and visual alert for front and rear seats, Seatbelt unfastened warning display
Automatic door locking, Automatic hazard light activation upon heavy brake application, Deadlocking system, Electronic code immobiliser, Locking wheel bolts, Peugeot Open and Go System includes keyless entry with start/stop button and USB charger at rear, Remote control central locking with two plip keys, Thatcham cat 1 ultrasonic alarm
Torsen limited slip differential
Illuminated vanity mirrors
Wheels - Alloy
19" Carbone two tone diamond cut alloy wheels
Wheels - Spare
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|Badge Engine CC:||1.6|
|Based On ID:||N|
|Coin Description:||PureTech 260|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||36E|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||12|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||3|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||N|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||N|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||N|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||N|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||N|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||12|
|Service Interval Mileage:||20000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||60000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Noise Level dB(A):||71|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb:||169|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High:||170|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High:||144|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low:||236|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium:||160|
|Cylinders - Bore (mm):||77|
|Cylinders - Stroke (mm):||85.8|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||TURBO DIRECT INJECTION|
|Number of Valves:||16|
|EC Combined (mpg):||43.5|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||53.3|
|EC Urban (mpg):||33.2|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb:||7.5|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High:||7.5|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High:||6.4|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low:||10.4|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium:||7.1|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb:||37.8|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High:||37.6|
|WLTP - MPG - High:||44.3|
|WLTP - MPG - Low:||27|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium:||39.7|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||6|
|Engine Power - BHP:||262|
|Engine Power - KW:||193|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||6000|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||251|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||34.7|
|Engine Torque - NM:||340|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||2100|
|Emissions Test Cycle:||WLTP|
|RDE Certification Level:||RDE 2|
|Tyre Size Front:||235/35 R19|
|Tyre Size Rear:||235/35 R19|
|Tyre Size Spare:||TYRE REPAIR KIT|
|Wheel Style:||CARBONE DIAMOND CUT|
|Wheel Type:||19" ALLOY|
|Height (including roof rails):||N|
|Width (including mirrors):||2043|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||53|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||1790|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||1309|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||470|
|Max. Loading Weight:||475|
|No. of Seats:||5|
By Jonathan Crouch
Ultimate super-hatches cost a lot to run. In Peugeot's 308 GTi, you won't be far off that level of performance - and you're promised handling that enthusiasts will love. Yet thanks to a light, hi-tech 'EMP2' chassis and a down-sized 1.6-litre turbo engine, you get a sensible set of running costs. It's a tempting package.
5dr Hatch (1.6 THP petrol) Introduction
Peugeot has a strong history in family hatch-sized hot GTi contenders. Here's one of the most potent ever, a 'T9'-series 308 GTi model launched in 2015 that produces up to 272bhp and does battle in this sector with key hot hatch contenders from this period like Ford's Focus ST and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Having established its hot hatch credentials with the 205 GTi of 1984 and followed up this iconic model in the Eighties and Nineties with a string of other memorable shopping rockets, Peugeot rather lost its way after the turn of the century when it came to cars of this kind. By 2015 though, the marque's specialist 'Peugeot Sport' division had been showing signs of a return to form, with the introduction of cars like the 208 GTi and the RCZ R. Two variants of this model were offered, one with 250bhp, the other with 272bhp. Both though, manage to deliver more performance than rival Golf GTI or Focus ST hot hatches from this era, thanks in no small measure to this Peugeot's superior power-to-weight ratio. As a result, this car can almost boast enough firepower to take on pricier shopping rockets with 300bhp or more, contenders like Audi's S3 or Honda's Civic Type-R. It's all quite promising. All the competitors just mentioned so far though, have 2.0-litre turbo engines. You might reasonably wonder whether this 308 can actually deliver all it needs to in taking on these cars with a smaller turbocharged 1.6. It's worth a drive to find out, especially in the 272bhp version that was standardised after the facelift in 2017. The 308GTi sold until the end of the 'T9'-series MK2 308 model's production run at the end of 2020.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to styling a hot hatch of this sort. Either you prioritise subtlety, as does Volkswagen's Golf GTI. Or you go for the all-out 'boy racer' look, as does Honda's Civic Type-R. In its standard form, you'd have to say that this 'T9'-series 308 GTi leans towards the less shouty end of the spectrum, but if that's a little boring for you, then seek out a model trimmed with the optional 'Coupe Franche' paint finish. This diagonally-split two-tone look that makes it appear as if the front of a red 308 GTi has been welded to the back of a dark grey one. If that's your sort of thing. The 'Coupe Franche' paint job is exclusive to the top '270' version, a derivative distinguished by a package that was optional on the lesser '250' variant, namely 19-inch 'Carbone' alloy wheels with red-painted 'Peugeot Sport' brake callipers. Otherwise, the two GTi models are pretty much identical, both featuring a ride height lowered by 11mm and both only offered in the five-door hatchback body style. You don't get the three-door option that would be offered on a rival Golf GTI or SEAT Leon Cupra from this era, nor can you choose the kind of estate variant that Ford made available on its Focus ST in this period that Peugeot itself offered to buyers of its lesser 308 GT model. As for the detail styling enhancements that set this GTi model apart, well we'll guide you through those. At the front, full-LED headlamps with jewel-like daytime running light strips flank a 'GTI grille' that features red 'Peugeot' lettering and a 'chequered flag' design. Lower down, the large air intake is fashioned in the same style and surrounded by LED indicators and a strip finished either in chrome or red. There are also two spoilers below the bumper to try and emphasise the ground-hugging stance. Inside in the '250' variant, we're not sure if Peugeot did quite enough to differentiate this GTi model from commoner 308s. With the pricier '270' derivative, the GTi atmosphere is a little more overt, thanks to the deep, grippy 'GTI Bucket' seats you get in that version. Some '250' model owners added these as an option. To be fair, even the standard 'Peugeot Sport'-branded sports seats look quite smart thanks to leather-effect and alcantara red-stitched trim. There's more red stitching on the 'Mistral' leather steering wheel, with this item and the 'GTi' floor mats the only real giveaways that you're in the priciest 308 model. Peugeot calls this car's 'at-the-wheel' design its 'i-Cockpit' and if you're not familiar with that, then four things immediately become apparent once you get acquainted: quality, lack of button clutter, the big centre-dash LCD infotainment screen and, most notably, the tiny steering wheel above which (rather than through which) you're supposed to view the instruments with their finely sculpted red needles. Moving from people space to package room, let's consider the boot, accessible via a low loading sill and a wide opening. How can the smallest car in its segment still offer the largest trunk? Answers on a postcard please. In total, there's 470-litres on offer at the back, provided you include the useful 35-litre underfloor section with its divided storage compartments in that calculation.
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There were a number of issues that came out of our ownership survey. One owner had an issue with roaring from the exhaust; plus a rattle from the driver's side mirror, a persistent suspension creak and a grating sound when the car turned right. Other owners had issues with various engines faults. Plus we had reports of faulty brakes, faulty tyre valves, faulty keyless entry, faulty steering rack, faulty brake callipers causing binding of the brakes, faulty suspension components, squeaking doors (worse in winter) and a whistling noise from driver side window. Plus the exterior plastics are very fragile and pick up scratches very easily. There was only one 308 product recall in this period - for cars made in November 2017 because their airbags might not deploy. Otherwise, it's just the usual things; check the interior for child scrapes - and the wheels and rear bumpers for parking scratches. And insist on a fully stamped-up service history.
(approx based on a 2018 308 GTi excl. VAT) Expect to pay around £4-£10 for an oil filter, around £7-£21 for an air filter and around £7-£16 for a wiper blade. A fuel filter is around £9. Front brake pads sell in the £34-£56 bracket. Rear brake pads vary in price between £22-£91 for a set. For front brake discs, think around £82; for rears, think £44-£105. A radiator costs in the £136 bracket. A water pump is around £66.
On the move, this car offers a potent package of virtues. It's a hot hatch with the lower running costs of a supermini shopping rocket. Yet performance that approaches that of a potent, pricey super-hatch. All for the price of an ordinary Golf GTI or Ford Focus ST from this period. Sounds promising doesn't it? Two 308 GTi models were initially offered, both powered through their front wheels by a 1.6-litre petrol turbo engine. This develops 250bhp in the standard 'GTi 250' variant, enough to get you to 62mph in 6.2s. Or it puts out 272bhp in the top 'GTi 270' version, a car that comes complete with larger 19-inch wheels shod with stickier tyres, bigger brakes and a Torsen limited-slip differential to help you get the power down through the corners. After the 2016 facelift, only the 272bhp model was offered. Through those turns, the 308 GTi feels taut and responsive, with body roll well controlled, despite a suspension set-up that's also tuned to be compliant over broken surfaces. Enthusiastic drivers will want to press the 'Sport' button that ramps up the engine note, sharpens the throttle response and turns the instrument lighting from white to red. For this kind of progress, you'll want to perfect gear change shifts you'll have to make via a 6-speed manual transmission - there was no paddleshift auto option. And you'll need to get used to the low-set sports steering wheel that was part of this Peugeot's unique 'i-Cockpit' cabin design. As for efficiency, well; both engines do well here by class standards, managing 47.1mpg on the combined cycle and 139g/km of CO2 (both NEDC figures).
The Peugeot Sport division seemed to be rediscovering a little of its hot hatch magic here. The 208 GTi showed us that the company still knew how to build a decent shopping rocket and this 'T9'-series 308 GTi model confirmed that belief. For the full-fat experience, you really need the 'GTi 270' version, but even with the lesser '250' variant, there's much to like. True, there are certainly better track cars in this segment from this period, but few of them strike a better balance between competition-style thrills and day-to-day usability. Other things we like include the impressively efficient running costs facilitated by the hi-tech EMP2 platform. And the 'i-Cockpit's' tiny wheel suits light, chuckable handling that's complemented by the 'Sport' mode button's potent roar. Of course, there are also things we like less about this car - the fiddly infotainment screen, the slightly restricted rear seat space and the relative lack of some of active electronic safety features. All of these though, are things you could easily live with. In summary, what we've got here is a hot hatch certainly good enough to join the notable models in Peugeot's GTi back catalogue. And a shopping rocket accomplished enough to severely frighten a few distinguished rivals from this period too. If you're shopping in this segment for a hot hatch from the 2015-2020 era, it's one you need to try.
By Jonathan Crouch
Peugeot's second generation 308 family hatch got an additional polish in this mildly facelifted guise, launched in 2017 with smarter packaging, extra engineering options and a bit more useful technology. The result was a more desirable product than you might expect from this familiar Gallic brand. You might be surprised at how much you'd like it. Let's check this car out as a used buy.
5dr Hatch & SW estate (1.2 petrol / 1.5, 1.6, 2.0 BlueHDi diesel) [Active, Allure, GT-Line, GT, GTi]
What do you look for in a conventional, affordable family hatchback from the 2017 to 2020 period? If it's driving excitement, you'll find it in a Ford Focus. If it's sheer value, then you're more likely to be drawn towards cars like Hyundai's i30 or Kia's cee'd. But what if your priorities are a bit more relaxed? You want an expensive feel. An absorbent ride. A laid back demeanour. And a car that makes you feel you're in something much nicer. Perhaps, just perhaps, you want one of these, the improved post-2017 version of Peugeot's second generation 308. The brand has sold in this sector for longer than almost any other. Mid-sized compact Peugeots with a '3' designation actually go all the way back to the 301 of 1932, progressing through the pre-war 302 and the post-war 304 to the 305 and 306 models of the Eighties and Nineties. By then, the French brand had become less aspirational in the family hatchback segment as volume sales were chased with the forgettable 307 of 2001, the underpinnings of which also formed the basis for its less popular successor, the first generation 308 of 2007. By 2014 though, this segment was changing, primarily with the continuing emergence of cheap Chinese and Korean rivals. Brands like Peugeot were forced to respond by moving their cars a little more up-market, a small but significant premium shift that this French maker's volume family hatch models had to showcase to potential buyers who'd ideally have liked a compact car from one of the smarter makers, but couldn't quite stretch to one. Hence the creation of a completely new 308 model in 2014. With this design, the badge remained the same but very little else did, with a smarter, classier body bonded to all-new hi-tech 'EMP2' ('Efficient Modular Platform 2') underpinnings. We were promised that the engineware would also be much more sophisticated but in actual fact, it took several years before all of the available new generation BlueHDi diesel and PureTech petrol units could be introduced. In the Summer of 2017, to highlight the completion of that programme and bring the safety and media connectivity systems on this car up to date, Peugeot launched the facelifted second generation 308 model we're going to look at here. This improved design was sorely needed by the brand's dealer network at a time when every one of its key rivals had been either re-launched or considerably revised. The big news here was the introduction of what was probably the most important engine that Peugeot had launched for years, an all-new 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 unit that aimed to change the way customers thought about diesels. On top of that, there was a new 8-speed auto gearbox for the sales people to talk about and a range of small but significant styling changes to make this facelifted model stand out in the showroom. It sold until 2020 when the car was lightly facelifted which then took this second generation 308 model through to the end of its production life in mid-2021. It's the 2017 to 2021 versions of this model we look at here.
Whether you choose the five-door hatch or the alternative SW estate which rides on a lengthier wheelbase, you'll be getting yourself a family hatch-class car that's a little shorter and narrower than the class norm - and a touch lower too. But also one that's lighter and more space-efficient than most of its competitors, thanks to a modular EMP2 platform so sophisticated that it required no fewer than 116 patents. Having gone to all that effort back in 2014, Peugeot's stylists weren't minded to radically change things very much when it came to this mid-term facelift, so the aesthetic changes made were relatively minor. The brand badge was moved down from the bonnet to a place of prominence in the centre of a classier chrome-framed grille you'll find flanked by headlamps with upper edges made up of twinkling LEDs. Take a place in one of the very comfortable seats up front in what Peugeot rather pretentiously calls the 'i-Cockpit' and four things are immediately apparent: quality, lack of button clutter, the big centre-dash LCD infotainment screen and, most notably, the tiny steering wheel above which (rather than through which) you're supposed to view the instruments with their finely sculpted red needles. Jump into this model after familiarisation with an Astra or a Focus and you'll wonder where all the buttons have gone. There's a small central cluster of them in front of the gearstick for locking, heated rear window and hazard lights - and that's about it. Otherwise, almost everything's been relocated to the 9.7-inch colour LCD touchscreen that's standard on all but baseline models and dominates the centre of the dash. There's reasonable space for two adults at the back but if they're at all lanky, they may need those up-front to move forward if anything approaching long distance travelling comfort is to be attained. Moving from people space to package room, let's consider the boot, accessible via a low loading sill and a wide opening. How can the smallest car in its segment offer the largest trunk? Answers on a postcard please. In total, there's 470-litres of boot space on offer at the back, provided you include the useful 35-litre underfloor section in that calculation. If you do need more, then you'll need to consider the 308 SW estate model.
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Generally, most owners of MK2 model 308s we came across were pretty happy but inevitably, there were a few issues we came across. Some owners complained of warning lights flashing on (for the particulate filter and engine management) which will require an ECU update and a forced regeneration. Peugeot recommends that the car is driven for at least once a month for 30 minutes on the highway to keep the particulate filter clear. Another complained of a high pitched whistle from the driver's window. There was only one 308 product recall in this period - for cars made in November 2017 because their airbags might not deploy. Otherwise, it's just the usual things; check the interior for child scrapes - and the wheels and rear bumpers for parking scratches. And insist on a fully stamped-up service history.
(approx based on a 2018 308 1.2 130hp excl. VAT) Using the 1.2-litre petrol 130hp model as an example, expect to pay around £4-£6 for an oil filter, around £17 for an air filter and around £7-£15 for a wiper blade. Rear brake pads vary in price between £26-£83 for a set. For front brake discs, think around £81-£145; for rears, think £44-£87. A radiator costs in the £110 bracket.
On the move in this 308, your first impressions feel positive as you settle in behind the small low-set steering wheel that by 2017 was an established brand trademark and peer above it at the slick-looking dial pack. Not everyone is in favour of this so-called 'iCockpit' layout, but we like the way it imparts a more direct, connected feel into the on-the-road experience. With this facelifted model, the brand didn't make any dynamic changes to this car's ride and handling, but that remained impressive with a well-judged blend of responsive suppleness. Instead, the development budget was focused on the creation of a fresh 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel engine, more refined and responsive than the previous 1.6-litre unit and launched with 130bhp on tap. The alternative engine option for mainstream 308 buyers was the one most original customers chose, the 1.2-litre PureTech petrol unit. This powerplant may only offer three cylinders but it punches well above its weight, whether you choose it in 110bhp 5-speed manual form or in 130bhp guise, where it got either a re-designed 6-speed manual gearbox or the option of 'EAT6' 6-speed auto transmission. The PureTech unit's efficiency is impressive, with the base 110bhp derivative capable of up to 70.6mpg on the combined cycle and 95g/km of CO2 (both NEDC figures). Sportier 308 models get some pokier engine options; either a 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel with either 150 or 180bhp. Or a 1.6-litre THP petrol turbo, offered with either 205bhp in the 'GT' or 270bhp in the top hot hatch 'GTi'.
Peugeot wasn't just building a car with this 308. It was building a reputation. For too long, this much-loved brand lost sight of what made people want its products. By 2017 though, it was setting out to build desirable machines once more, models that weren't simply playing catch up or trying to copy the big sellers. Sure enough, this is vehicle with a definite feel of its own. It's not going to appeal to everybody but it is a car that the company felt rightly proud of - a contender good enough to worry the best in the business. Overall, what's on offer here is a car that continued to restore Peugeot's reputation for building elegant, comfortable and understated vehicles. A car that gave the brand a shot at making good on its upmarket aspirations.
Peugeot's third generation 308 is much improved. Jonathan Crouch takes a look
Peugeot's 308 family hatch gets far more polish in this third generation guise, with smarter packaging, extra engineering options and a bit more useful technology. The result is a more desirable product than you might expect from this familiar Gallic brand. You might be surprised at how much you'd like it.
You might not have ever thought of the Peugeot 308 family hatch as being truly aspirational but maybe it's time to start. Peugeot's been making Focus-class models for half a century and we're already on the third generation of the one badged '308'. This is the most up-market version yet, in keeping with the Peugeot brand's more premium positioning within the new Stellantis Group formed by the merger of PSA and Fiat. The last 308 wasn't really a car many customers would have chosen in preference to a Golf, let alone anything premium, but this MK3 version might be. Everything's different - even the front Peugeot grille badge. And the sharky looks clothe a cabin that could just be the segment's most sophisticated. Premium values with mainstream value? Is that what we've got here? Let's find out.
Under the bonnet, there's a mix of something old and something new. Familiarity comes with the conventional petrol unit, an updated version of the brand's usual PureTech three cylinder 1.2-litre powerplant and available with 130hp. Peugeot is also still offering its usual 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel in 130hp form. Both these two mainstream engines are being offered only with 80-speed EAT8 auto transmission. As for what's new, well inevitably it's electrified. There are two petrol Plug-in Hybrid units, starting with the Hybrid 180 model which combines a 150hp PureTech petrol engine with a 109hp electric motor and a 12.4kWh battery smaller than that in the 3008 SUV, but large enough to take the car up to 44 miles between charges. The same range is also possible from the alternative Hybrid 225 variant, which combines a 180bhp petrol engine with the same 109bhp electric motor for a maximum combined power output of 225hp. What about autonomous drive technology? After all, a car of this kind these days isn't quite complete without it To satisfy this need, the French maker is offering its 'Peugeot Drive Assist 2.0' set-up. Previously, PSA Group tech relied on stop-and-go cruise control and lane-keep assist, but this evolved set-up can now automatically adapt the speed of the car around corners, operating at speeds up to 112mph.
This third generation 308 certainly makes a pavement statement. As before, there are hatch and estate body styles, both of which have plenty of overtaking presence. There's a longer-looking bonnet and a lower-looking nose bearing the latest, rather different Peugeot badge on its grille. Flanking this are slimmer LED headlights complemented by Peugeot's fang-like LED daytime running lights. In profile, existing owners might notice the extra 11mm of length and the prominent creases that have appeared over the wheel arches, which sit below a stronger shoulder line. At the rear, there are tail lights with three 'claw' style lighting elements. And inside? Well if you thought the exterior was different, take a look in the cabin. Yes, there's still Peugeot's i-Cockpit layout with its small steering wheel, but that now sits beneath a completely new digital instrument panel, with clever 3D image tech borrowed from the brand's smaller 208 supermini. The tall, sloping dashboard features a sharp-looking 10-inch touchscreen display which has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity and is available in two forms - basic 'i-Connect' and more sophisticated 'i-Connect plus', which offers widescreen navigation from TomTom. Bottom of Form Beneath this monitor is a row of freely configurable touch-sensitive controls, called 'i-Toggles'. Each one offers a shortcut to a major function, such as radio, climate control or 'phone. Out back, a 55mm wheelbase increase makes the rear cabin noticeably more spacious than before. And boot space for the hatch is rated at 412-litres, better than most class rivals. If you want more, you'll need the alternative SW estate, which offers 608-litres before you start folding seats.
To reflect all the fresh technology, prices have risen a little. Expect a starting point for the hatch of just over £24,000, with the brand's usual 'Active Premium', 'Allure', 'Allure Premium', 'GT' and 'GT Premium' trim levels. There's no GTi this time round. There'll just be the two body styles to start with - hatch and SW estate (the latter starting from around £25,500). There are no plans to reprise the Cabriolet body shape that featured with the first generation 308. For the asking figures, you get plenty of extra safety tech, including a long-range blind-spot-monitoring function, rear cross traffic alert and a reversing camera with a 180-degree field of view. There's also automatic high-beam and traffic sign recognition. If you go for an EAT8 auto variant, you can have Adaptive cruise control with a full stop-and-go function. Manual versions can also modulate distance to the car ahead, but not below speeds of 19mph. Across the range, a 360-degree top-down style surround view camera is also offered. If you want to add luxury touches, your dealer will offer you nappa leather upholstery and powered, massaging seats. From 'GT' trim upwards, there's also a clever cabin air filtration system designed to keep polluting gasses and particles out, with the cabin air quality level displayed on the centre-dash screen.
The PureTech and BlueHDi diesel petrol engines deliver very similar WLTP efficiency figures to those of the same units in the previous generation version of this car. Think up to 52.1mpg on the combined cycle and up to 122g/km of CO2 for the PureTech 130 engine; and up to 65.4mpg and up to 113g/km of CO2 for the 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 diesel. This latest car's chassis (an evolved version of the PSA Group's EMP2 platform) can support a full-electric variant, but the Group already has the Citroen e-C4 in this segment, so the 308 goes PHEV with two Plug-in Hybrid variants, the Hybrid 180 and the Hybrid 225. As we mentioned in our 'Driving Experience' section, up to 44 miles of WLTP-rated battery running is claimed in each case, with the Hybrid 180 combined cycle fuel-rated at up to 281.1mpg; for the Hybrid 225, the figure's up to 266.2mpg. In both cases, the BiK tax-beating CO2 reading is rated at up to 24g/km. From a household plug, both PHEV variants will be replenished in just over seven hours. You'll find 3.7kW single-phase charging supported as standard, which means recharges will take three hours and 50 minutes. A 7.4kW on-board charger is available as an option and plugged into a wallbox, the battery will take one hour and 50 minutes to be topped up. The plug-in hybrid 308 variants offer a thermal pre-conditioning function too. Via the MyPeugeot smartphone app or by using the vehicle's touchscreen, owners can schedule a wake-up time for the battery. This means that the cells can be at the optimal temperature for efficiency from the time you start up, plus of course the interior can also be pre-cooled or pre-heated too.
Peugeot isn't just building a car with this third generation 308. It's building a reputation. For too long, this much-loved brand lost sight of what made people want its products. Now, it's setting out to build desirable machines once more, models that aren't simply playing catch up or trying to copy the big sellers. Sure enough, this is vehicle with a definite feel of its own. It's not going to appeal to everybody but it is now a car that the company can rightly feel proud of - a contender good enough to worry the best in the business. After all, it gets so many things so right. French family hatchbacks in this class haven't always been able to justify themselves, either in terms of quality or in the harder discipline of pounds and pence running costs, but this one performs beyond expectations in both these areas. Overall, what's on offer here is a car that's continuing to restore Peugeot's reputation for building elegant, comfortable and understated vehicles. A car that gives the brand a shot at making good on its upmarket aspirations. It's been a long time coming.