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Peugeot 308: Test Drive Review

Date: 07 July 2011   |   Author: Rachel Burgess

Category: Lower medium
P11D price: £19,510
Key rival: Renault Megane

Since launching in September 2007 the Peugeot 308 has gone on to become the brand's second most popular model, selling 84,000 units.

It's now been facelifted - with tweaked styling and improved emissions - bringing the appearance into line with Peugeot's 508 and SR1 concept. According to Peugeot, the LED headlamps and running lights give the car "an elegant and modern look".

The most efficient iteration will be the 1.6-litre e-HDi FAP 112 engine, which from July will emit 98g/km CO2 mated to Peugeot's EGC gearbox, an 'automated manual', making the 308 far more appealing to fleets. However, it will only be available in one trim level, Oxygo, which will include cruise control, Bluetooth and auto wipers and headlamps. For more trim options, drivers will have to pick the 118g/km version of the same engine. It is available in four trim levels: Access, SR, Active and Allure. Top spec Allure provides rear parking sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, Bluetooth, and leather steering wheel.

The car's interior is Smart and well-provided but lacks steering wheel controls, which seems odd in an otherwise luxuriously aided car. However, attention to detail, such as a cubby hole built into the right-hand side of the driver Seat and a sunglasses holder where a grasp handle would otherwise be, add to the appeal of this car.

The Peugeot 308 doesn't beat lower medium staple the Ford Focus or the Renault Megane in a cost-per-mile comparison. But it's not a million miles away. According to cost provider KwikCarCost, the 308 is 49.0p per mile against 46.2p for the Focus and 46.4p for the Megane. The incoming 98g/km 308 Oxygo will close this gap further, predicted to be 47.0p. While still not class-leading, the 308 is becoming more and more feasible for fleet managers' consideration.

Peugeot 308 1.6 e-HDi 112 Allure 6sp
P11D price£19,510
Model price range£15,245-£21,645
National Insurance£1292
Cost per mile49.0p
Fuel consumption62.8mpg
CO2 (tax) 118g/km/(13%)
BIK 20/40% per month£42/£85
Service interval12,500mls
Insurancegroup 15
Boot space (min/max)347/1398 litres
Engine size/power1598cc/112hp
Top speed/0-62mph118mph/12.5secs
On sale May 2011
VerdictMore and more
appealing for fleets
on looks and efficiency


More and more appealing for fleets on looks and efficiency