This new family hatchback is so convincing in its plush plug-in hybrid form.
What is it?
This is an early example of the new Peugeot 308 in the UK, but it’s still left-hand driven.
This plug-in hybrid is a powerful, range-enhancing plug-in. It has 222 hp overall. 178 hp comes from a turbocharged, 1.6-litre petrol engine, and the remainder an electric motor. Both drive the front wheels through an 8-speed auto gearbox.
The back of the unit has a 12.4kWh lithium-ion battery that provides 36 miles of electric-only range. The maximum charge time is 3.7kW, and the PS300 option allows for 7.4kW. In 2023, a fully electric 308 will be available. For now, there is a 128bhp turbo petrol, a 128bhp 1.5 litre diesel and a 178bhp plug-in hybrid.
From the driver’s seat, the new 308 feels luxurious. The new 308 is made of high quality materials and has a striking design. It features a small, low-set steering wheel that Peugeot trademarked. This squared off at its top allows you to see the dials. The instruments are very nice. However, if the wheel must be square to see them, then maybe they shouldn’t be there.
You can also use some infotainment touchscreen components. There are touch-sensitive icons under the screen and a variety of buttons below. This makes it easier to navigate the system. It is possible, however, that the temperature adjustment was not visible at all. This is unacceptable.
The 308 is a member of the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf class. It measures 105mm longer than its predecessor. The 308 is not as spacious in the rear due to its longer wheelbase. However, the 412 litre boot is plenty.
The car is quite enjoyable to drive. It rides well, is smooth and controlled.
The PHEV’s powertrain is responsive and smooth. Even with low battery charges, the engine will drop out of town quite often.
However, brake modulation between regeneration or disc use is not good. This could be fixed before the car goes on sale in Jan.
Do I need one?
Although the plug-in powertrain works well and is easy to drive, rear accommodations are limited and the interface is confusing.
While the 308 is not much more expensive than the model shown here at PS37,135, the range will start at a very reasonable PS24,000. We aren’t sure if there’s a sweet spot in this lineup, but we will be able to test a right-hand-drive variant that is tuned for our roads.