which one to choose ? (engine, finish, options)

Historical competitor of the Renault Megane and some Volkswagen Golfworthy heiress of the famous 306, the new 308, presented at the end of summer 2021has been completely renewed.

This third version full of ambitions, more upscale than ever, adopts the best of the technology of the groupe Stellantis. Its welcoming interior gives pride of place to design, with an architectural layout and an omnipresence of screens.

However, the set retains the necessary practical aspects, with sufficient storage. Some will also regret the obligatory (and sometimes complicated) passage through the touch screen to control all the on-board functions, and the readability of the instrumentation which varies according to the height of the steering wheel, and therefore the driving position adopted.

At the rear, the space remains very acceptable for two adults, but the French remains much less habitable than a Golf.

Based on the EMP2 platform since taken over by theOpel Astra, the 308 is the first compact sedan from Sochaux to have plug-in hybrid engines. It also retains more classic gasoline or diesel blocks, and will soon appear in a 100% electric version.

Its road behavior deserves nothing but praise, even if the previous version showed even more dynamism.

Peugeot 308: bodywork

The Sochaux appeared at the same time in hatchback and station wagon SW. The version with a hold extends over 4.63 meters, or 26 cm more than the sedan.

Peugeot 308 SW

The trunk volume also goes from 412 to 610 liters (reduced capacity in plug-in hybrid, to 361 and 548 liters). To switch from the 308 to the 308 SW, the additional cost is €1,000. And the engines offered are identical regardless of the bodywork.

Peugeot 308: equipment

The entry level, called Active Pack (from €25,700)integrated :

  • six airbags
  • ESP
  • autonomous emergency braking
  • cruise control/speed limiter
  • tire pressure check
  • lane departure warning
  • kit anticrevaison
  • dual-zone automatic climate control
  • steering wheel adjustable in height and depth
  • 2/3-1/3 folding rear seatbacks
  • 3-material fabric upholstery
  • height-adjustable front seats (+ driver side lumbar)
  • storage under the front center armrest
  • four electric windows
  • heated and electrically folding exterior mirrors
  • 10-inch touchscreen (Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatible) with Bluetooth and two USB-C ports
  • digital instrumentation on 10-inch panel
  • prise 12V
  • “hands-free” starting
  • automatic switching on of dipped headlights
  • rear parking sensors
  • LED headlights with daytime running lights
  • 16-inch alloy wheels (except PureTech 110 with sheet metal rims and hubcaps)
  • 3.7 kW on-board charger and mode 2 charging cable (for household socket) on PHEV versions

The superior finish, called Allure (from €29,100)additionally includes:

  • autonomous emergency braking by camera with pedestrian detection
  • automatic change from low beam to high beam
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • luminous signature “in lion’s teeth”
  • chrome inserts on the grille
  • 17 inch alloy wheels
  • dashboard with a chrome strip
  • illuminated vanity mirrors
  • touch screen with extended functions (with voice control)
  • two USB-C sockets in the rear seats
  • rear seat diffusers
  • ski hatch
  • tinted rear windows and rear window
  • frameless, anti-dazzle interior mirror
  • digital instrumentation with several presentations

The version Allure Pack (from €29,900) add:

  • “hands-free” access/starting
  • extended traffic sign recognition
  • smartphone charging by induction
  • adaptive cruise control (with Stop&Go function on automatic gearboxes)
  • Rear Warning (which combines blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, to secure parking exits)

Peugeot 308 dashboard

Finishing GT (from €33,900) additionally has:

  • specific rear lights
  • Matrix LED headlights (to drive “in full headlights” without dazzling other drivers)
  • original dashboard decor (aluminum ambience)
  • seats upholstered in fabric and Alcantara
  • heated steering wheel
  • 3D digital instrumentation
  • customizable engine sound (extracted from speakers)
  • varnished black grille with scoops
  • front wings lined with the new Peugeot logo
  • 18 inch rims

The declination GT Pack (from €35,500) additionally includes:

  • active lane keeping assist
  • 360° camera
  • Focal ten-speaker audio system
  • electric driver’s seat with memory
  • pneumatic lumbar adjustment of the front seats
  • heated front seats with massage function.

Our advice: to promote a possible resale and to take advantage of the strengths of the 308, the choice of the Allure finish seems to be a minimum. And for €800 more, the Allure Pack further improves day-to-day convenience and safety.

Peugeot 308: in petrol

In terms of power, the choice is rather simple: with the exception of a PureTech 110 being only available in the basic Active Pack finish, the 308 only hasa 1.2 three-cylinder 130 hp engine.

  • The basic PureTech therefore has 110 hp and 205 Nm of torque (6 HP, from €25,700). Its performance is sufficient thanks to its roundness, the lightness of the 308 (1,254 kg) and the availability of the 1.2 liter at low revs.

But the long staging of its mechanical transmission sometimes requires downshifting to restart or overtake. According to Peugeot data, this 308 sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.5 seconds and goes up to 198 km/h.

  • For €1,400 more, the PureTech 130 (7 HP, from €27,100) displays 230 Nm of torque and performs the same exercise in 9.6 seconds, with a maximum speed established at 210 km/h.

It does not offer the thrill either but gains in pleasure and availability, without increasing the average consumption, announced at 5.5 l/100 km according to the homologation cycle and observed at 6.6 during our tests, on different types of routes.

As with the PureTech 110, it is only criticized for slight vibrations at idle speed.

This engine can barter its 6-speed manual transmission versus an 8-speed automatic (+ €2,000), with a slight increase in consumption (+ 0.3 l/100 km during our tests). On the penalty side, the most “energy-intensive” of the 308, with the auto box, is only exposed to a penalty of €170, at most.

Our advice: The PureTech 110 is a good start but is only available in the basic Active Pack finish. We will therefore prefer the 130 hp, which also has the advantage of being offered with the automatic gearbox.

Peugeot 308

Peugeot 308 : and diesel

There, the lioness does the minimum: only one 1.5 BlueHDI 130 (7 HP, from €29,600) is in the catalog. With 300 Nm of torque, it enjoys decent performance (0 to 100 km/h in 10.6 seconds, 207 km/h at top speed) but deserves more power.

Well soundproofed and flexible, this 4-cylinder shines with its sobriety during long journeys at stabilized speed, where consumption fluctuates around 5.1 l/100 km.

Consumption changes little (about 0.3 l/100 km more) with the very recommendable automatic gearbox (+ €2,000), both intelligent and very discreet. In any case, the diesel-powered 308 ignores any penalties.

Peugeot 308: in plug-in hybrid

In addition to their ability to drive in 100% electric mode, the 308 PHEVs are distinguished by their weight, established at 1 600 kg minimum.

This detail is detrimental to the dynamism of the compact, which also suffers from unpleasant braking management. The transition from regenerative braking to friction braking causes recurring jerks and jolts, which affects the pleasure.

Two Hybrid e-EAT8 proposals exist, with only two-wheel drive, an identical total torque of 360 Nm but combined powers of 180 hp and 225 hp.

They revolve around a 4-cylinder petrol engine, respectively 150 and 180 hp, coupled to an 81 kW electric motor powered by a 12.4 kWh capacity Li-Ion battery pack. It takes seven hours to fully recharge the battery on a simple household outlet, and two hours via a 32A terminal with the optional on-board 7.4 kW charger.

The performances of the two versions, which are very close to each other (0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 and 7.6 seconds), like their electric range of 59/60 kilometres, raise questions about the interest of the “big” version.

The 308 Hybrid 180 e-EAT8 (8 CV) starts from €38,050while the version 225 hp (10 CV), available from the Pack finish, is negotiated at least €44,550.

With identical equipment, €1,900 separate the two versions. Also note that the 180 hp version is not offered in a high GT Pack finish.

Our advice: Unless you opt for the 308 GT Pack, which leaves no choice, there is no reason to select the Hybrid 225, which is more expensive, not more economical and barely more efficient.

Peugeot 308

Peugeot 308: an option to choose?

The spare wheel (unavailable in hybrid, on GT Pack and on the 308 SW) is charged €220 as an option, while the hitch is displayed at €790.

The heated acoustic windshield is priced at €200 and, for versions that do not benefit from it as standard, “hands-free” start-up access costs €400the 360° camera is displayed at €500 and the heated front seats, €200.

For the rechargeable hybrid versions, the 7.4 kW on-board charger (for faster charging on WallBox 32A) is offered at €400.

The Peugeot 308 in numbers

  • 17,388: that’s the number of third generation Peugeot 308 sold in France since its appearance (volume stopped at the end of April 2022).
  • 3: this model, which appeared in 2021, is the third generation of the 308. The first arrived in 2007, replacing the 307, before handing over to the second version, in 2013.
  • 57: in millimetres, this is the difference in wheelbase between the 308 (2,675 mm) and the 308 SW (2,732 mm).
  • 8: the new 308 appears in eighth place among the top car sales in France, over the first four months of 2022. This is the first in the compact sedan segment. Over this period, it sold 13,170 units.

PEUGEOT 308: TECHNICAL SHEET

(Peugeot 308 sedan)

  • Lxlxh (m) : 4,37×1,85×1,44
  • Wheelbase (m): 2.675
  • Fuel tank (l): 52 (40 in PHEV)
  • Chest at 5 (l): 412 (361 in PHEV)

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