In the case of many compacts, it happens that only well-equipped variants can convince pedestrians with their appearance and carry passengers in a modern cabin, full of soft equipment. The new Peugeot 308 is a slightly different case, because the French made sure that, at a very reasonable price, customers feel like they are in a high-quality car. The newest “lion cub” looks very sharp from the outside, but it is also very mature in the cabin – both in terms of functions and technology. The icing on the cake is communication, green varnish, which can even be found in the proverbial “naked” without paying a single zloty.
Peugeot 308 – the metamorphosis of the decade
The French designers took into account the customers’ suggestions, then added their combination to the avant-garde and pure cat DNA. The effect is amazing, as evidenced by, among others, the fact that the new Peugeot 308 is in demand among the fair sex. In 2021, it was chosen by a female jury in the “Female Car of the Year” plebiscite. Of course, this does not mean that men should feel less masculine in it.
The new “lion lion” does not lack testosterone, which is emphasized by looking threatening with LED fangs, and green, let’s agree, is very neutral, elegant, and at the moment – fashionable. For a week behind the wheel of the new Peugeot 308, I couldn’t help but look at pedestrians and other drivers – especially men. Even the latest compacts of premium brands do not attract much attention on the road.
Peugeot 308 – digital and put together
The impressive body is just the beginning, because the interior of the French novel is equally impressive. After taking the driver’s seat, we are greeted by the i-Cockpit, ie ergonomic, small steering wheel, high-retracted clocks and a large screen with an intuitive (more on that later) multimedia system. This concept of the cockpit appeals every time I get to drive a new Peugeot. The driving position is comfortable, the steering wheel is comfortable in your hands and all the buttons are in the way.
The digital clocks that made their debut on the current 508 are getting smarter every year, although sometimes they lose their minds. A similar problem occurs on the infotainment screen. Apparently, when performing all these effective animations, the most powerful processor was forgotten. Fortunately, it happened repeatedly in this article. One of the many advantages that I quickly fell in love with is the ability to completely display the fuel consumption of the route. In flag 508, information about the route traveled (since reset) appeared only for a moment, and then disappeared. Of course, like any other digital scale, the 308 has many views and a large number of configuration options.
However, while the multimedia in the new 308 can be useless at times, the rest is commendable. The entire cabin is well assembled and made of high quality materials. At eye level and elbows, all devices are made of soft or very pleasant to the touch plastic. It is also worth noting that the French left the black piano almost completely, which means that the cabinet will not get tired very quickly. The only feature that might annoy piano black detractors is the frame surrounding the digital indicators and multimedia screen.
130 horses in manual. How does the Peugeot 308 drive?
We got the mid-range variant, Allure Pack (from PLN 118,400). It was powered by a 1.2-liter PureTech petrol engine, with its 130 hp (at 5500 rpm) and 230 Nm (from 1750 rpm) driven to the front wheels by a 6-speed manual gearbox. After a few intense days, I came to the conclusion that you do not need more happiness, although on paper this result does not give such a feeling.
In practice, these 130 horses are enough to take care of everyday things or go a long way. The flexible bike also has a low appetite for fuel, which I discovered after covering more than 1000 km. City or express train – for “gasoline” this does not matter, because in my case the average consumption from the weekly test was 6.5 l / 100 km. Around the city, sometimes empty, sometimes stuck, fuel consumption was from 6 to 7 liters per “hundred” and it was similar to the road, with fixed driving.
The suspension is good, but the 308 is not afraid of sharp turns, and at highway speeds, the cabin is decently quiet. All this means that you don’t really want to get out of this car. After a long journey, your back will not get tired, and it is important to note that we are talking about “basic” seats. In the higher equipment versions, we find seats approved by AGR (Aktion Gesunder Rücken), a design that was supported by the German association for a healthy back.
It’s hard not to be tempted
For the first time, the new Peugeot 308 completely destroyed the compact segment. In many ways, it surpasses the Golf of the eighth generation, but it is not available with a variety of engines, which in my opinion, in this comparison, is its only side. The French have devoted a lot of time to making their latest products turn heads, provoke their looks and welcome passengers with beautiful interiors. Of course, fans of German motorization are unlikely to be tempted by the new 308 due to their attachment to different brands, and it will be the same for Peugeot followers. Regardless of preferences, customers must be prepared for high costs, because today a fully equipped hatchback, such as the Peugeot 308 Allure Pack version, costs around PLN 120,000. zlotys.
The middle version of the equipment for this amount has under the hood the mentioned “petrol” and a 6-speed manual gearbox. For less than PLN 7,000, we can replace this unit with a diesel with the same power of 130 HP. If “ropniak” is not an option, for an additional PLN 9,500 we will get an 8-speed automatic transmission (EAT8), although I must admit that I am not a big fan of it. For reasons unknown to me, and many ratios, this transmission can shake – often when approaching a junction. And a guide? Especially – full control over the car!
Peugeot 308 – price in Poland
|Engine / Version||Active Package||Attractions||Allure Package||GT||GT package|
|PureTech 110 MT6||PLN 100 300||–||–||–||–|
|PureTech 130 MT6||PLN 105 300||PLN 115,000||PLN 118,400||–||–|
|PureTech 130 EAT8||PLN 114,800||PLN 124,500||PLN 127,900||PLN 138,000||PLN 146 900|
|BlueHDI 130 MT6||PLN 112,500||PLN 122,200||PLN 125 600||–||–|
|BlueHDI 130 EAT8||PLN 122,000||PLN 131,700||PLN 135,100||145,200 PLN||PLN 154,100|
|HYBRID 180 EAT8||–||PLN 158,200||PLN 161,600||PLN 171,700||180 600 PLN|
|HYBRID 225 EAT8||–||–||–||PLN 178,600||PLN 187,500|
Are you interested? Well, we have a problem
In terms of color, design and construction, the new Peugeot 308 has attracted and continues to attract the attention of many customers. Several hundred pieces have already arrived at Polish retailers, but all indications are that monthly deliveries will be thin. It is caused by … Polish radio.
Yes, as absurd as it sounds, this is how the producer describes it. It turns out that some frequencies can block the multimedia system in the new 308. For this reason, the delivery of French CDs to Poland was suspended for a long and indefinite period.
Peugeot 308 PureTech 130 hp S&S M6 – specifications
|Strong||130 hp at 5,500 rpm|
|Torque||230 hp at 1,750 rpm|
|Maximum speed||210 km / h|
|Acceleration 0-100 km / h||9.6 seconds|
|Drive||on the front axle|
|Catalog average fuel consumption||5.5 l / 100 km|
|CO2 emissions||125 g/km|
|The base of the wheels||2675 mm|
|The empty weight of the tested version||1258 kg|
|Cargo compartment capacity||412 l|
|Front / rear brake||
ventilation discs /
|Front suspension||MacPherson strut|
|Rear suspension||many ingredients|
Front and rear tires
(in test example)