Although it has been a long wait since its first images began to circulate, the wait for the new Peugeot 308, one of the references of the compact segment, has come to an end and it has really been worth it. A first contact with the French model, in its two body variants -five doors and station wagon-, has allowed us to observe a clear leap forward in quality and appearance of materials and in the technology incorporated, as well as confirm that it retains the magnificent behavior already displayed by his predecessor.
At the wheel of the new Peugeot 308
Both the 308 hatchback like the station wagon, they have experienced a slight increase in length and width, standing at 4.36 meters and 4.64 meters in length, respectively. The highly fluid and dynamic design has undergone extensive aerodynamic work that alone manages to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 2 grams per kilometer.
As for the boot, the five-door version has a capacity of 412 liters, which is reduced to 352 liters in the case of the two plug-in hybrids (PHEV) available in the range, 180 and 225 horsepower. The cargo volume is 608 liters in the SW, and 548 in the plug-ins. The rear seat can be divided into three parts (40/20/40), a more useful solution than the usual 40/60.
In addition to the two PHEV variants, the engine range includes two gasoline options, 110 and 130 hp, the first with a six-speed manual transmission and the second, which can be combined with both this transmission and another eight-speed automatic (EAT8). . In diesel, the offer is limited to a single 130 hp engine that can also be associated with both types of gearbox.
The 180 hp plug-in hybrid certifies 24 g / km of CO2 and an electric range of 60 km, while the 225 hp certifies 27 g / km and only one kilometer less range in zero emissions mode. Both feature the electrified version of the eight-speed transmission (e-EAT8) and an 81 kW electric motor powered by a 12.4 kWh battery.
We have driven the 225 hp version of the new 308 on the French Côte d’Azur roads with very satisfying impressions, as the car offers not only an energetic and even brilliant drive, but also an extraordinary poise and an immediate response when quick changes are requested. of direction.
While waiting for a more exhaustive test, it seemed to us that, in hybrid mode – not exclusively electric – and outside the urban traffic proposed by the organization, the battery provides energy input for many kilometers, and with minimal fuel consumption, clearly below 5 liters / 100 km.
The 130 hp petrol unit with automatic transmission has also left us a pleasant taste, which in fact seems to have more power than declared and replicates as far as possible the great performance of the plug-in hybrid. top of the range, although in this case, of course, the fuel consumption is significantly higher.
Finally, we were able to get behind the wheel of a SW version equipped with the 110 hp gasoline engine and the six-speed manual transmission, notably less dynamic than the others and just power when we face steep slopes and we intend to maintain a moderately lively pace, a circumstance that will be underlined when the vehicle is loaded as its huge boot allows.
As confirmed by those responsible for the brand during the presentation in Cannes, the 308 and 308 SW will have a 100% electric version in 2023, with which their launch will coincide – later on it will be necessary to specify which one is ahead of which – with that of the same variant of batteries from the Opel Astra, a model that shares a platform and many components with that of Peugeot.
A refined and tech-laden interior
Inside the new 308 we notice an effort by the French firm to use better quality materials and a technology that makes a difference, in addition to several novelties and improvements: evolution of the i-Cockpit -with 3D effect depending on versions-, central screen of 10-inch, new heated steering wheel, wireless mobile charging, USB-C sockets, voice recognition system and information on charging stations for users of plug-in hybrids.
More new cabin features: a total of 34 liters of storage, ambient lighting, Focal stereo, 3D-printed accessories and ergonomically certified seats AGR, the German healthy back association.
In addition, the new lion model incorporates, from the Allure trim level, the i-toggles fully configurable that replace the physical controls of the climate control. Located next to the central screen, these controls operate as a tactile shortcut to climate control settings, a telephone contact, a radio station or the start of an application, which each driver can set according to their usual wishes or needs.
In Spain, the 308 thermal range consists of five finishes: Active Pack, Allure, Allure Pack, GT and GT Pack. Prices are between 21,500 euros for the basic version with a 110 hp gasoline engine and 33,700 euros for a GT Pack equipped with the 130 hp BlueHDi diesel engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.
As regards plug-in hybrids, they are available in all finishes except the Active Pack and cost between 35,200 and 41,900 euros, but they can benefit from the aid of the Moves III Plan.
Both plug-in and thermal currently benefit from 1,700 euros of launch promotion, to which it is possible to add 900 euros more if the purchase is financed and an additional 1,000 euros for those who deliver an old vehicle in exchange.