Peugeot 308 225 2021 UK review

How convincing is this new family hatchback in plush plug-in hybrid form?

What is it?
This early example of the new Peugeot 308 is in the UK yet still left-hand drive.

It’s a range-topping plug-in crossbreed with 222bhp total, 178bhp of that originating from a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine and the rest an electric motor, both driving the front wheels via an eight-speed auto transmission.

There’s a 12.4 kWh battery at the back that gives 36 miles of electric-only range. It bills at 3.7 kW max, with 7.4 kW capacity a ₤ 300 alternative. A completely electric 308 will certainly come in 2023, while in the meantime there’s also a 128bhp 1.2-litre turbo petrol and a 128bhp 1.5-litre diesel, plus a 178bhp PHEV.

What’s it like?
The new 308 really feels plush from the motoring seat. It utilizes great materials as well as is noticeably designed, with Peugeot’s trademark small and also low- established steering wheel, contested at the top so you can see the dials, which obtain some fancy 3D elements. I quite like the tools, yet if you have to make the wheel square for them to be seen, possibly do not place them there?

Ditto some of the infotainment touchscreen elements. To make navigating the system much easier, there are several touch-sensitive symbols under the display, then a selection of buttons beneath that. But it’s possible that readjusting the temperature level went to the very least one click far from visible, which is unforgivable.

A member of the Ford Emphasis as well as Volkswagen Golf course, the 308 is a longer automobile than the version it replaces by 105mm. Yet in spite of its longer wheelbase, it isn’t hugely fitting in the rear, although the boot is generous, at 412 litres.

It’s fairly good to drive, though. The trip is agreeably supple however firmly regulated, in a way like that of the Emphasis or the Kia Ceed, although much more leaden, as a result of the 1687kg kerb weight (399kg more than the 1.2 Puretech).

The PHEV powertrain is smooth and responsive– as well as even on reduced battery charge, the engine leaves pleasingly frequently in the area.

Brake modulation between regeneration and disc use, though, is poor. This can still be fine-tuned before the cars and truck goes on sale in January.

Should I get one?
The plug-in powertrain is solid, and the vehicle great to drive, though rear holiday accommodation is stingy and the user interface clunky.

The 308 doesn’t obtain much costlier than the variation seen below, at ₤ 37,135, however the array will begin at a palatable ₤ 24,000. If there is a wonderful place in the line-up, we’re unsure it is this – though that may change as soon as we sample a right-hand drive variant tuned for our roads.