Sunday, December 17, 2017

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Review - Peugeot 308 Allure Diesel Hatch - Page 3

 pug8Changes were a bit slow several times while changing from 2nd to 3rd with a few rev’s on board it changed to 3rd then straight up to 4th which meant I had to down shift back to 3rd immediately it just didn’t seem to want to hold the gears like it wanted it too. In the end it just frustrated me to the point of just leaving it in drive.

It does have a small S button when pressed put the transmission in sports mode which does hold the gears more and it does work a lot better than the manual shift mode.

On road the 308 rides comfortable enough I found that on flat surfaces it rides like it’s on glass very smooth indeed but once you get a bumps and some corrugated sections it felt a little unsettled. It does handle reasonably well at speed, there is a little bit of body roll and it doesn’t sit quite flat in corners. When pushed you can fell wanting to lean on the outside front wheel a bit.

The steering is light making it very easy to manoeuvre at low speeds making parking a dream the downside is it doesn’t provide enough feedback for my liking.

You can feel the weigh increase as the speed does which is good but it still has less feedback then I wanted.

The brakes are damn good, they felt a little touchy at first once I got use to them I found them really good indeed specially on my test loop.

Safety the Peugeot 308 has a maximum ANCAP 5 star rating and is fitted with all the safety equipment you’d expect from a 5 starer including.

pug14Driver and front passenger airbags, Front side airbags, Full length curtain airbags, ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBFD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Side impact absorbent door padding (front doors), Collapsible steering column, Automatic door unlocking in accident, and automatic activation of hazard lights under emergency braking.

The 308 comes with reserve sensors that work really well a small diagram comes on the centre screen with lines giving you an idea of how far you have to go. (Front parking sensors are an optional extra).
It doesn’t however come with a rear view camera so it does loose points for that given that rear vision is not the world’s greatest probably on par with most other modern hatch backs.

Ok a couple of little quirky things about the 308, the windscreen wipers actually wipe outwards which was a little weird when I first used them. The other thing was the passenger wiper actually cleared the windscreen from top to bottom but the driver’s side wiper only did 3 quarters which was a little annoying.

The bonnet release catch is on the passenger side of the car instead of the driver’s side on every car I’ve ever driven these little quirks I’m putting it down to its left hand drive origins.

pug17I really did enjoy my week with the 308 and over all I found the Peugeot 308 not a bad car at all it has plenty of comfort and has a decent amount of features. Everytime I got in it I felt at home, it was damn easy to wheel around a car park, it handled the work and school runs with ease it didn’t have an issue with it at all.

I found the handling alright up to about 7/10’s it only when you try to take it above that then it stumbles slightly but I don’t think the 308 was meant to be an all out performance hatch either. It’s impressive fuel economy and ride on the highway would make this car an excellent long distance cruiser, as well as a nice car for around the city for somebody wanting a little bit of luxury.

If you are after a fairly well equip hatch at the premium end of the scale then you should at the very least give the Peugeot 308 a look it might surprise you.

Big thanks to Peugeot for lending me the 308 Allure Diesel for the week for more info on the Peugeot 308 or the rest of Peugeot’s great range of vehicles visit their website

[This blog \ review was published with aproval by Wayne Lancaster of 3 on the Tree, you can read more of Wayne's reviews at 3 on the Tree]

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