Feb 6, 2015

The New Peugeot 308: Handsome & Nimble with a Big Boot


I have got to admit - ever since I took the family up to Melaka in the Peugeot 508 RXH 2.0 Hybrid 4 last year, I (and the monkies) got a new soft spot for Peugeot cars. So when the chance came around for me to test drive the all-new Peugeot 308, it was a no-brainer.

A handsome look is what defines the new Peugeot 308 hatchback. Compared to its predecessor, the 308 is a huge step forward in every regard, particularly design and quality. It certainly does not hurt either, to reign as the current European Car of the Year champion.

Sleek and dynamic, the 308 comes with full LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, a feature that is usually only found on high-end luxury marques. Coupled with the rear lamps that take up the curve theme and its signature three Peugeot lion claws, they give the new 308 a stunning exterior profile.

Interior-wise – in typical French style – there is a completely new layout that is far more stylish than before with an innovative cabin and a minimalist design. Its i-Cockpit interior features four integrated components: a compact steering wheel  for intense dynamic sensations, a high- positioned ‘head up’ instrument panel to easily read the information without taking the driver’s eyes off the road ahead, an enhancing high centre console and a large 9.7” touch screen for intuitive driving.

The decluttered look is a welcome change at a time when cars are laden with buttons and controls. Instead, the majority of functions are controlled through a large colour touch screen. No wonder the 3088 was lauded with the ‘Most Beautiful Interior’ accolade in the United Kingdom.

For parents though, the most beautiful interior will count for nothing if there just is not enough boot space. Simply because, there are tons of accompanying stuff that needs to go into the car when there are children involved.

And for the Peugeot 308, its boot is massive. In fact, its 470-litre capacity dwarfs the boot space that comes with other brands in the same class. Part of that capacity includes two underfloor storage areas and are a handy place to hide valuables.

While I was left floored by the immense boot space the 308 offered, the monkies were no doubt left impressed by this.

Yes, the ultra cool Panaromic Glass Roof that stretches all the way to the back of the car and provides stunning views.

The Peugeot 308 also comes in a Station Wagon variant which for me, appealed far greater. I reckon it had to do with its roomier rear passenger space and a much larger boot - something I am sure most parents will be able to identify with.

As for how it drives, the 1.2L PureTech turbo petrol engine and 6-speed EAT6 gearbox defies its on-paper specs with a strong spread of pulling power from low in the rev range, providing 129hp and 230Nm torque for great city driving and smooth performance. All these, at lower COE and road tax costs!

The new 308 is considerably lighter than its predecessor thanks to a new chassis and this aids the handing which is feels great. The steering has a nice weight to it and it is assured in corners. The ride is also relatively quiet as the cabin is well insulated from road and wind noise at any speed.

Like most modern cars, the 308 comes with a stability control system that can help you regain control if the car starts to slide. What’s more, it has the usual six airbags: four that protect those in the front, plus two that run the length of the car at window level.

Other than safety, fuel economy is a top priority for family buyers and the Peugeot delivers in this respect thanks to its claim of excellent fuel consumption of up to 19.6km/litre. Of course, driving in Singapore may not yield such figures but I was told that realistically, a fuel consumption of 15km/litre can be expected.

But do not take it solely from me. The best option is to head down to the Peugeot showroom to test drive the car for yourself. And bring along the kids too, as there will be ample activities in the showroom to keep them occupied - like these mini vehicles.

Ultimately, the Peugeot 308 is a very competent hatchback. It is a handsome car, in an understated sort of way, plus it is reasonably good fun to drive, comes with lots of luxuries and one of the most fuel-efficient engines in any family car.

Fancy having the Peugeot 308 for one weekend? With a staycation thrown in as well??? Just take part in the Peugeot 308's contest and stand a chance to win a staycation AND a weekend with the Peugeot 308! If you have a blog and/or Dayre, simply pen a post about at least one of your favourite Peugeot 308 feature and why. Just head down to HERE to participate!

Promotional prices start from $113,900 and include 3 years free servicing. 

Peugeot Showroom
305 Alexandra Road
Singapore 159942

Sales Hotline: 6376 2288
Fax: 6477 7373
Website: www.peugeot.com.sg
Facebook: www.facebook.com/peugeotsg
Business hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am to 7pm |  Sunday and Public Holidays, 10am to 7pm.

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