Practical family car

The new Peugeot 308
The new Peugeot 308

PEUGEOT’S revised 308 might not win top awards in a beauty contest but for sheer practicality and frugality it would be a winner especially for family motorists seeking such qualities in a car writes Bryan Longworth.

The revised 308 was launched earlier this year and it’s styling looks much better especially up front where the LED daytime running lights on my 308 hatchback test car gave it more presence on the road.

It also has a very roomy and comfortable interior and large boot that can be made much bigger by folding the rear seats as I did to accommodate a large pram that was due to be restored.

The other big attraction of my five door hatch test car, the 308 Allure e-HDi 112 which cost £19,565 and had fuel saving stop and start technology was its fuel consumption.

Peugeot state the combined consumption for this model is 67.2mpg but as is always the case with combined figures they do not equate with the real world consumption which in this case as the trip computer showed was over 50mpg which is still a good return.

This was achieved with a mix of motorway and normal road driving at fairly high speeds and I am sure that a very careful driver would achieve much nearer 60mpg.

The test car had a nice chunky steering wheel that provided a user friendly feel about it and the steering was also well balanced.

I also liked the handling qualities of this particular Pug which all made for some enjoyable motoring linked with its excellent carrying capacity.

Statistics show this model to have a top speed of 118mph, zero to 62mph taking 11.4 seconds, combined fuel consumption being 67.2mpg and the CO2 emissions being 118gm/km which means no road tax for the first year and just £30 thereafter.

Standard equipment on Allure model includes the very impressive glass roof that has a cover for when driving in very warm sunshine, a rear parking aid and dual zone climate control.

Grumbles? The driver’s seat belt fitting was difficult to locate and the speedometer was also difficult to see in certain light conditions which is a common problem with quite a few cars surprisingly.

But overall I enjoyed my time with this particular Peugeot because it is very much a car for these times being economical, roomy and comfortable which are the qualities many motorists especially those with families are now looking for.

My verdict: An Allure with plenty of allure!