Peugeot 308 - Family View - FRENCH FIT
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"The 308's virtues all combine towards a feeling that makes you want to go out and drive,."Body 1
It's also clocked up a fair number of miles, due in no small part to the fact that it's surprisingly good to drive. Not in the up-front, rorty way that old Peugeots of the past were. You don't go seeking out back lane twisty roads in this car. No, with a 308, it's more about the quality of drive you get on everyday routes. The way the suspension soaks up bumps like no other family hatch. The way the steering assistance is just right. The refinement level that you'd normally expect on a much more luxurious car. All these things contribute to a feeling that makes you want to go out and drive,
And that's important to me as a family man. When my wife asks to me on a Saturday morning whether we should take our three young children to the local swings and slides or venture further afield to a zoo or theme park an hour away, I'm much more likely to take the longer option with the 308 outside than I would have been before. It also helps that the Peugeot is remarkably adept at swallowing an impressive amount of all the oddments that every growing family must carry about with it.
If you haven't really registered the presence of the 308 on the British motoring scene yet, then it's probably because at first glance, it doesn't look that much different to the 307 it replaced. In fact, the 308 is 12mm lower than its predecessor, so has a slightly sportier stance. Moreover, despite the improved interior space brought about by the increases in terms of both length (74mm) and width (85mm), it achieves a far more dynamic stance than the old car.
Get in and clunk the door shut and it feels more substantial than before too, with a standard of build quality that until recently, used to be the preserve of more prestigiously-badged cars. In the 308's case, this has come about courtesy of the extra weight in now carries - all 62kgs to be exact. The only downside to that is that it isn't the sprightliest performer on the block. Even the pokiest 2.0-litre HDi 136 diesel which we specified for our testcar, with up to 260lb ft of torque, can't crack the ten second barrier in the 0-60mph sprint.
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