308 1.6 e-HDi 112 Active Hatchback
family-sized 308 range
of hatchbacks, SW estates and CC
coupe-convertibles step out for
the Summer, all freshly made over
with new faces, a nip here and a
and a lot more changes
under the skin...
THE REALLY GOOD NEWS is that it won't cost any more to put one of
these superior new models on your drive because they cost less
on average about £800 less than the models they replace;
yet despite the lower price, the technology and specification is higher.
In all, there are now sixty versions in the face-lifted 308 line-up: 27 different
hatchback models (£15,245 to £21,645); 20 versions of the SW five-door estates
(£16,245 to £23,395); and 13 lucky for some! CC
coupe-cabriolet 308s priced between £21,295 and £27,545. For the record, the
three-door hatchback versions are no longer available.
revised 308s also benefit from a new range of trims and specification levels:
Access, Active, Allure, GT, Oxygo and SR. And, depending on the body style,
the engine line-up consists of four petrol engines (98bhp to 200bhp) along with
four HDi diesel engines (92bhp to 163bhp).
engines are set up to maximise environmental efficiency. For instance, the entry
model diesel, the hatchback 1.6-litre HDi FAP 92bhp with a manual 'box, has
CO2 emissions of a lowly 110g/km with sub-100g/km for the clever auto.
Another plus is that
the latest 308s
are available on
Peugeots Just Add Fuel
for less than their
for instance, the 308
Active VTi 120 is
available to private users
for £235 a month
A significant technical change and following in the footsteps
of the all-new Peugeot 508 is that the new 308s are also available
with Peugeot's innovative e-HDi micro-hybrid Stop & Start technology, as fitted
as standard to the 1.6-litre HDi FAP 112bhp Euro 5 diesel. This can be had with
Peugeot's electronically-controlled EGC six-speed manual 'box or with a traditional
six-speed manual gearchange.
The e-HDi Stop & Start provides 40 per cent faster restarting than a conventional
stop and start system and is twice as fast as a manual key restart. It also
has silent operation and no vibrations on start-up, making it very easy to live
with of course, if preferred, the Stop & Start function can easily
be switched off by the driver.
In addition to the e-HDi micro-hybrid system, all other factors affecting tailpipe
emissions have been optimised: weight is reduced by an average of 25kg per car;
low rolling resistance tyres are fitted; and there are high-efficiency Euro
5 compliant engines. Furthermore, airflow styling tweaks have created a low
drag coefficient of 0.28 for fuel economy versions.
More financial good news: all these improvements have resulted in the new 308
models' residual values being over 14 per cent better than those of the outgoing
Another plus is that the latest 308s are available on Peugeot's Just Add Fuel
leasing scheme for less than their predecessors; for example, the 308 Active
VTi 120 is available to private users for £235 a month (with an affordable £1,500
deposit) including insurance, servicing and maintenance.
It's all good news, this new 308 not only will the added value
and lower purchase prices catch the eye of savvy buyers, but so will the revised
styling. Gone, thankfully, is the long, droopy front nose, huge grille and the
heavy 'double chin' of a front bumper with new headlamps and LED
running lights, the 308's fresh front-end looks far more refined and tasteful.
updates to the interior styling and fixtures and fittings have also been made,
all generally well done although there are some cheap-feeling plastics in the
lower priced, best-selling Access and Active versions.
In the real world,
the fuel economy is
pretty good and
the latest changes to
further clean-up the
engine have had
no detrimental effect on
Also, the 112bhp engine
is quieter and
responsive than the
outgoing 110bhp unit...
Higher spec Allure, GT and SR trims are better. A new Oxygo level trim for the
lower emissions 98g/km 308 hatchback 1.6 diesel model (due in July) looks good
I tried out the new e-HDi system in the 1.6 112bhp HDi hatchback (with the manual
gearbox) around Cardiff's busy city centre at rush hour a route
cluttered with traffic lights.
The six-mile route took 20 minutes during which time, according to the on-board
timer, the engine shut down in fuel saving mode for 6.38 seconds and the car
returned 44mpg 10mpg shy of the official Urban Cycle figure.
As the e-HDi system comes as standard and with no extra cost to the owner, I
guess it is useful although on this showing I do not see it offering huge fuel
savings. The CO2 rating for this particular model is 118g/km which results in
a £0 cost for First Year road tax and then just £30 per for the second year
onwards. Company car drivers will pay 13 per cent Benefit-in-Kind.
I also had a chance to try the 308 SW estate with this same engine on the motorway,
country roads and in more stop 'n' go town traffic. Overall the fuel consumption
was 55.3mpg against the official Combined Cycle 62.7mpg. So it does underachieve
on what are the official figures but that is mostly the case industry-wide.
In the real world, the fuel economy is still pretty good and the latest changes
to further clean-up the engine have had no detrimental effect on performance.
Also, the 112bhp engine is quieter than the outgoing 110bhp unit, and is more
responsive too, thanks to its sturdy 199lb ft of torque at 1,750rpm.
I preferred the ride comfort and handling abilities of the SW estate over the
five-door hatch; it felt a better balanced car with a more compliant suspension,
and the added interior load space is welcome.
For: More sophisticated exterior styling, higher specification and lower purchase
price with better residual values, fuel-saving technology and lower CO2 emissions.
Against: Not the sharpest handling car in this sector, real-world fuel consumption
is good but didn't get close to the official figures despite the new micro-hybrid
All three models in the face-lifted 308 range the hatch, SW estates
and the coupe-convertibles are significantly improved, especially
style-wise, and the fact that they cost on average £800 less than the models
they replace is all good news. David Miles
Peugeot 308 1.6 e-HDi 112 Active Hatchback | £18,565
Maximum speed: 118mph | 0-62mph: 11.4 seconds | Overall Test MPG:
Power: 112bhp | Torque: 199lb ft | CO2 118g/km