Advantages Economy, excellent engine, equipment, load-carrying capacity
Disadvantages Hard ride, not overly comfortable seats
We have been driving our Peugeot 308 SW 1.6Hdi 110 for 6 months, and have travelled just over 6000 miles in that time. Our main criteria for choosing this vehicle were economy and load carrying capacity, as I need to carry my work equipment at all times yet still need to carry 3 passengers. This car has excelled in both those areas.Our 'real-world' average fuel consumption is just under 50mpg. On a long motorway trip, and keeping an eye on the rev counter, I returned 62.5mpg average! Coupled with a six speed gearbox the 1.6 diesel engine is a star, always economical yet delivering plenty of power when required. The car is brisk when needed on smaller roads, and overtakes quickly and smoothly on the motorway. Our model came with Michelin energy saver tyres too, for even better economy.
We have been really pleased with the interior space. Peugeot have managed to pack a large load carrying capacity into this relatively small vehicle. There is plenty of headroom for taller passengers - this vehicle is slightly taller than it's predecessor. Nothing special in the way of rear legroom, but adequate enough. With the rear seats down, there is a huge space for larger loads. The only downside of which is in the looks department. While the front of the car is pleasing, the rear end is a little disappointing - a trade-off for the extra space.From the driver's perspective, the car has a quality feel. The dash and controls are attractive and logically set out. Vision is generally good, although on occasion the sloping side pillar seems to get in the way. The seats aren't the most comfortable you will find though, I have to say.
I really like the level of equipment. We were fortunate to get the inbuilt pop-up display Sat-Nav with bluetooth phone connection, as I believe it's quite an expensive option. It is well worth seeking out if you are after a used model. The air-con is excellent, and the trip computer has all the info you need, and helps you keep an eye on the mpg! The only niggles I have found are the electric window controls -which are a bit small and fiddly- and an overly complex stereo.One area where the Peugeot fails to shine in my opinion is in the handling. While it always feels safe, and is smooth and assured on the motorway, around the minor roads the ride is a lttle hard and the steering a little over-assisted. This is not a car that will thrill the driver!
Finally, safety and security, two areas where French cars always seems to excel. Plenty of airbags, a 5 star ncap rating for adult passengers, 4 for children. There is auto door locking with a central release button, and the child lock sits handily on the drivers door also disabling the rear windows. All excellent.All in all, I have to say the Peugeot is a good car, and one I would certainly recommend in this class.
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