Sam says ching!
The latest Peugeot 308 sees updates to the exterior, technology and safety which, according to the manufacturer, makes it an elegant family hatch. The fuel consumption, however, is a bit surprising. For a car of that size, I expected to get much better. In fact, one of its larger siblings achieved a much better consumption, granted it was a diesel model.
After driving a distance of 208km, including a range of congested driving, open road driving and some stop-and-go driving, we only managed to get 9.1l/100km. I kept double checking in case that was the consumption for the last trip (highly unlikely) but it was definitely the average consumption.
Before dismissing the car completely, the claimed fuel consumption is set at 5.1l/100km. Maybe if there had been an opportunity for more open-road trips, this figure could have improved considerably. Yet, it might be quite a challenge.
The 1.2 Allure automatic version, has plenty to offer hatchback drivers. The 3-cylinder, six-speed transmission has a torque output of 230 Nm and power of 96kW. This makes it more than adequate for daily commutes, hills and overtakes with ease. There was a slight turbo lag once when I accelerated quickly.
The car seemed to handle well, absorbing bumps and taking corners well. It made for a very comfortable drive. I took it for a Sunday drive to a breakfast spot on the way to the Vaal. I thoroughly enjoyed my drive and the capability and confidence the car exudes.
From the inside
The Peugeot 308 has a classy and sporty feel to the inside. The sporty feel comes from the smaller steering wheel which I do like. I did find though, as I do not like to lower the steering wheel too much, that the top blocks the view of the instrument panel. This won’t be an issue though with all seating and steering positions.
Another feature that makes for an appealing interior is the seats which are part cloth and part leather. There is a strip along the centre which makes the seats look aerated, for lack of a better description.
The design of the glove-compartment or ‘cubby-hole’ was also a bit odd. It is tiny, so tiny that the owner’s manual did not fit in and had to be kept in the side-door.
One of the improvements that Peugeot focused on in their latest models is the technology. The i-Cockpit of the 308 Allure includes the Mirror Screen, which duplicates your smartphone on the vehicle’s touchscreen. It also has a Triple-Play system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Peugeot 308 has also improved their safety features in the latest model. The 308 has extended driver assistance and some of the latest-generation systems. These include:
- Driver attention alert
- Traction control
- Electronic brakeforce distribution
- EBA with emergency brake flashing hazard lights
- Front and rear park distance control
- Automatic drive-away locking
- Central locking and dead locking
- Anti-theft alarm and super locking systems
- Child lock system
- Unfastened seatbelt warning
- ISOFIX child seat anchors
Something I have seen recently that does not make sense to me, is the tendency to not have rearview cameras. I understand that they are not a necessity and a fair thing to leave out in cheaper cars. Yet, for a car of this price, it is definitely something that should be included as standard.
The Peugeot 308 has plenty to offer drivers in this segment. In particular is its drive and handling and appealing interior. The fuel consumption, however, does create some hesitation for me.
Good to know
Engine: 1.2l turbocharged petrol engine
Torque: 230 Nm
Fuel consumption: 5.1l/100km
Price: starting at R369 900
Warranties: 3 year/60 000km service plan, 3 year/100 000km manufacturer’s warranty, 3 year/100 000km roadside assistance, 12-year anti-perforation and 3-year paint warranty.
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