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I arrived at the garage the other week to pick up a new car. This car was the 110bhp Peugeot 308.
This particular model is very smooth. Motorway driving givs very little engine and road noise and is a true pleasure. Through bends on smaller roads the stiff suspension makes for keen handling and grip for a car of its weight but at the same time doesn't do the best of jobs at soaking up the bumps.
First impressions of the car were very good. The exterior of the vehicle being stylish and the overall size being big enough to accommodate a family of four whilst small enough to manage in cities and towns with ease.
The biggest surprise comes from the interior, this is one of the roomiest and stylish hatchbacks I have ever driven. I am 6ft 2" and there is plenty of head room. With four adults in the car there is still plenty of space for our friends in the back, and the boot space is of more than an adequate size for our entire luggage.
The driving position is comfortable even though the pedals and steering wheel do seem to be a little off set from the driver's seat which may cause some discomfort on long journeys. There is plenty of adjustment of both the driving seat and two way adjustment of the steering wheel. The main problem with the design and driving position especially for those with longer legs comes with the visibility at junctions due to the pillars between the front and back doors blocking the view.
Compared to Peugeots that I have driven in the past the 308 does seem to be of better quality, a much more solid car. The diesel model is very economical with a suggested 68.9mpg I find pleasure in not having to make many visits to the fuel station. Buying a Peugeot from new however I would expect there to be money lost on resale due to the volume that are sold each year.
I was also told that the 308 did pass the NCAP safety test with the maximum 5 stars so with that in mind I think we can assume that this car is a safe car and a good all round family vehicle.
I recently bought a 308 sport 5 door 1.6cc. I have had a 207 sport preiously and had decided to go a little bit bigger this time. The first thing i noticed is how much more roomy it seems than a 207 and how much more comfortable the seating arrangement was. It has all the mod cons that come as standard including multiple air bags, automatic lights and windscreen wipers and blue tooth.
Another interesting a really useful feature is that it has usb connectivity to allow you to use your mp3 player or usb stick for music which you can access via the normal controls on teh steering wheel. The one gripe I have so far is the awful positioning of the bottle / cup holder by the hand break. the holders are not deep enough and they are on the driver side which basically means that every time i go to use teh hand break or gear stick i knock over aa bottle (very frustrating after awhile even if a bit trivial).
The ride is smooth and it seems to do ok petrol wise both on teh motor way and in town. I would reccommend to anyoen with a small family or people looking to upgrade from the 207 and are looking for something a little bit bigger.