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Peugeot 308 Review, Specification, Price

The Peugeot 308 is one of the most balanced, modern, and widest cars in the market. Available with two bodies, it also stands out for its peculiar driving position. The Peugeot 308 that is currently being in the news is a compact five-door and 4.25 meter that was put on sale in 2013 and received a slight aesthetic restyling and with improvements in equipment and restructuring of the mechanical range in autumn 2016. It is the second generation of 308; a model appeared in 2007 to replace the 307. It is also available with a family body of 4.58 meters.


Peugeot 308 Specifications:

It has a modern and attractive design and has a sports finish -TG Line- for the most straightforward mechanics. There is another slightly sportier finish called GT associated with 1.6 THP 225 and 2.0 HDI 180 engines, in addition to the exclusive GTI for the 1.6 THP 270 hp propeller. In addition to the aesthetic details of each finish, its exterior equipment highlights the possibility of carrying wheels between 16 and 18 inches, halogen headlights, or full led.


It is a compact bestseller that rivals models such as the Renault Megane, Seat Leon, Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, Mazda 3, Citroen C4, Hyundai i30, Toyota Auris, Honda Civic and Opel Astra mainly. It can also be an alternative to more premium vehicles such as the Audi A3, Mercedes Class A, Infiniti Q30, or BMW 1 Series, and more simple and affordable ones such as the Skoda Spaceback or the Fiat Tipo.


The interior design is one of the most beautiful features in this model, standing out for two things. The first is the driving position because the location of the instrumentation means that the steering wheel - by the way, oval and smaller in size than usual - is located in a lower position. Also, the seat is placed even slightly higher than in rivals such as the BMW 1 Series that means you must carry the steering wheel practically in your lap. 


The other is the fact that most of the functions of the radio, the air conditioning system, or the navigator, among others, are managed through the menus of the central touch screen. Aesthetically it is perfect, but from the practical point of view, it involves many more problems to handle it in motion than the classic buttons. First, because you need a minimum of two touches to pass, for example, from the radio to the browser - in practice, you end up giving many more. It means that every time the driver uses it, he must look away from the road. Also, pressing at the right point is more complicated than with a button, and the screen does not always respond simply by touching it, as is the case with other screens.


If we talk about the quality, then this model gets high points. Its adjustments and the materials used are up to the mark as compared to its rivals. As for space, the trunk is above the market average. Regarding the rear seats, the 308 is also among the best in its class. The Peugeot 308 engine range is composed as follows: in gasoline, it is offered with two 1.2 PureTech 110 and 130 hp; the first with five gears and the second with six. There are also two 1.6 THP of 225 and 270 hp gasoline, the first with only eight-speed automatic transmission and the second with a six-speed manual. In diesel, there are a 1.6 BlueHDI of 100 hp and a 1.5 BlueHDI of 130 hp, in addition to two 2.0 BlueHDI of 150 and 180 hp - the latter only for the GT finish and with eight-speed automatic transmission.


At the moment, there are no hybrid or electric variants of this model. The available finishes are Access, Business Line, Active, Style, Allure, GT Line, and GT.

For chassis, the Peugeot 308 has a more responsive behavior than its competitors. Change direction with ease and agility, thanks to a rear axle of reactions that are a little more vivid than usual. This, in the case of the GT and GTI, provides a more demanding behavior, but also more satisfactory for those looking for such a model. Otherwise, the 308 is a reasonably comfortable car.


Peugeot 308 Performance datasheet:


Petrol, 3 cylinders, 1,199 cc, 4 valves per cylinder


130 hp at 5,500 rpm


230 Nm at 1,750 rpm

Long wide high

4.25 m / 1.80 m / 1.46 m

Maximum speed

201 km / h

0-100 km / h

10.3 seconds

Mixed consumption

4.5 l / 100 km


107 g CO2 / km


398 liters


1,090 kg


Manual, 6 speeds




Cost of Peugeot 308 in Australia:

  Price: $26,990

  Engine: 1.2 Liter

  Transmission: 6 SP Automatic

  Fuel: 5.2L / 100km (Combined)

  CO2 Emission: 119 grams/km


Like all other cars, Peugeot 308 to is not for everyone. Some may find it too pricey, while others may have issues with the look. Below are some pros and cons of buying this model.



  •   The whole look is an absolute class.

  •   There is ample space inside the care to accommodate up to 5 persons.

  •   The quality of the ride is undoubtedly best and will give you a fantastic experience once you take it on the road.



  •   It is slightly pricey as compared to other similarly designed models.

  •   It can be a little challenging to operate in motion for some people due to central screen functions and peculiar driving position.



Despite its high price, the compact dimensions of this car make it look very stylish and sporty. You are surely going to enjoy riding it anywhere – be it on highways or streets. 

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