Peugeot for the first time ever haven’t changed the number on the back of the car, in other words there won’t be a 309, now it seems the range is complete.
The 308 is a hugely important car for Peugeot because the 5 door family hatchback is still a big segment.
So what’s it like?
There’s no doubts where Peugeot found the looks for the car because from the side the 308 looks remarkably like the Golf 7 mixed with a little of the rest of the VW group styling.
This isn’t a bad thing because it does give the car a bang up-to-date exterior.
They’ve also put a lot of LED’s on the car up to 65 of them on the front, this will be on level 3 models.
There’s a huge boot with 470ltrs you’ll have no trouble fitting all you need back there.
Peugeot have lightened the 308, some 70kgs have been shaved off and that’s like throwing out your girlfriend to save fuel which, when you think about it, is a good enough reason. This new found lightness comes with a host of benefits, the Co2 goes down, the fuel economy gets better, handling and 0-100kph times are all effected.
There’s one word that describes the interior dash layout, radical.
Basically they have removed all of the buttons and knobs you’d expect on the dash and replaced it with a touch screen. Radio, heating controls, sat nav, bluetooth are all in the screen that sits not far off eye level.
I think I’ll have to get behind the wheel for a long test to figure out if this works because my few hours with the car I found it confusing.
The rest of the interior is good, I like the small steering wheel which I put to great use over the switch backs and U-turns that the Alsace region offers and I found the handling to be second to none.
The balance that the chassis and suspension set up gives keeps the car flat through even the tightest bends.
On the motorway it’s supremely quiet and composed, there’s even the optional radar guided cruise control, the car can follow other cars and can do all the braking and acceleration for you.
The 308 will premier at the Frankfurt motor show on the 10th of September and after that it’ll make it to Ireland for the showroom sales.
From launch you’ll have a 1.6 petrol and diesel units with a 1.2 petrol also being offered.
Spring next year will bring 3 versions of the 1.2 petrol including an automatic option.
It’s a great drivers car and I hope Peugeot get around to making a GTI version because it’ll be a brilliant car to drive and look at. I’ll have a full test coming this Autumn and that’s when I’ll know more about this touch screen set up.
*** Peugeot will unveil a refreshed 3008 crossover and 5008 7-Seater MPV at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.
The new-look 3008 and 5008 will both adopt Peugeot’s new floating grille at the front and rear LED claws to create a strong and instantaneously recognisable Peugeot light signature. Both models will gain further equipment, new options, the latest Peugeot engines and new interior trims. The arrival of the two facelift models, coinciding with the launch of the refined all-new Peugeot 308 in Ireland this December, means that the Peugeot range will be amongst the youngest and freshest on the European market in 2014.