It is often said that all cars look alike, but you can't blame Peugeot for that. It's great that the brand has been building tempting cars with allure for a number of years. The new 308 has a huge low grille, on which the new Peugeot logo has been given a prominent place. The pinched headlights are just modest. Dark rear lights are now also part of the house style in Sochaux.
Also inside is a lot to see in the Peugeot 308. The GT version, for example, has an instrumentation with 3D display. You can once again admire the new Peugeot logo on the small handlebars – now just as connected to Peugeot as Janny van der Heijden with a cake fork.
The 308 comes as a hatchback and as a SW. This is 25 cm longer than the hatchback and has a luggage compartment in which you can store 604 to 1634 liters. That is comparable to the Volkswagen Golf Variant (611-1642). Inveterate 308 drivers will still have to swallow, because in the old 308 SW you could take just a little more suitcases: 610-1660 liters.
The Peugeot 308 shares its chassis with the Opel Astra and DS 4. It is therefore not surprising that the Peugeot also gets a fully electric version, but that will only come in two years.
We already praised the graceful appearance and the 308 also does many things well while driving. Especially the silence is impressive, at a speed of 130 km/h you can still whisper soft French words to each other. The chassis offers a nice balance between sturdiness and comfort, although the enthusiast of French cars from bygone days will have appreciated a little softer. Significantly, you can choose from three driving modes: sport, hybrid and electric. No comfort...
It is very pleasant to sit in the front. The finish of the dashboard is formidable, the chairs are fine for every posture. Despite the suspension tuning, sporty drivers will not always be happy with the 308. Especially the plug-in hybrids are a bit too heavy for nauseating cornering. In the busy Dutch traffic, however, the 308 feels perfectly at home.
As with most French cars (and nowadays also the products of the Volkswagen group), handling takes getting used to. The Peugeot 308 has virtual buttons on the dashboard, but what you can do with them is not always logical. For example, you can switch off the air conditioning completely with the push of a button, but you have to enter the menu of the multimedia screen to raise or lower the temperature.
The rear passengers are introduced to the biggest disadvantage of the 308. As nice as it is in the front, it is so tight in the back seat. Adults must either give the front passengers a very sweet look or accept that they are traveling with a front seat between their legs.
The Peugeot 308 will be at the dealer at the beginning of 2022. It is available with a petrol engine (110, 130 and 180 hp) and as a plug-in hybrid (180 and 225 hp). Even dieselers are not forgotten, with a 130 hp BlueHDi engine (from 33,260 euros).
Prices start at 27,990 euros (Active, 110 hp). Then you shouldn't mind getting hubcaps on your Peugeot 308. A Peugeot 308 plug-in hybrid (180 hp) costs at least 35,430 euros. Top model is the GT Plug-in hybrid with 225 hp, which costs 44,130 euros in the fully equipped Pack Business version. The plug-in hybrids all have an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 308 SW is about 1,300 euros more expensive than the hatchback and is for sale from 29,090 euros. The fully electric 308 will arrive in 2023.
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