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The Peugeot 308: Review

2014 Peugot 308
The all new Peugeot 308 has shed some of its weight which means better performance, superb handling and excellent economy.
There are quite a few improvements to the new Peugeot 308 including a lighter payload, better handling and a larger boot. Peugeot are aiming to compete with Ford and Volkswagen for a greater share of the family car market. The company has made sure that the 308 is comfortable with a softer suspension that makes it a very agreeable prospect for driving around town. Models start with the entry level Access, followed by the Active and Allure and finishing up with the top of the range Feline. The two diesel engines on offer are impressive for performance and running costs. There are also three petrol engines and this list of options is set to be increased in the near future. Rumour has it that there may also be a Peugeot 308R.
Driving the Peugeot 308 is very comfortable around town although it suffers from a little roll in the body when rounding corners. The steering is unsettled when cruising on the motorway and it does not perform as well as its rival, the Volkswagen Golf. Peugeot has focused on comfort with smaller wheels and softer suspension that suits the new model. The car copes with speed bumps and potholes but the sportier versions with larger wheels are more uncomfortable. The diesel engines are quiet. However, on motorways you will experience some wind noise. The 308 has a good driving position and high spec models have electric seats. The new larger boot means slightly less legroom in the rear. The rear seat is also narrow which makes it feel too small for three people.
Peugeot’s reputation for reliability is not good although the company is striving to remedy this situation. Inside the 308, the quality is lacking when compared to the Volkswagen. There is a touch screen interface and all other parts have been tried and tested in previous models. Peugeot gives a three year warranty and the previous 308 model scored five stars in crash tests at Euro NCAP, with this model expected to do the same. There is an option for a panoramic windscreen but for families this is not the best choice as it restricts headroom in the car.
Peugeot has not yet announced the prices for the range of 308 models but they are expected to be competitive against the closest rival models which are the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. If you choose a higher level spec than the entry model you will get alloy wheels, satellite navigation and a 9.7 inch touch screen display. Top of the range models also get full LED head lights as standard.
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Arthur Wilson is a freelance journalist and keen blogger.
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