The Peugeot 308 has evolved in quite a surprising way. Without causing much of a fuss it has transformed into something very stylish, something essentially French, despite the obvious comparisons with the Golf. If you're looking for performance, as you hurtle along a suitably curvy piece of tarmac, then you'll find that a Ford Focus packs more punch. That being said, the more relaxed driving style of the 308, reminding us of the feel of Peugeots of the past, is probably more in line with how cars are driven today.
It's the touchscreen-trimmed cockpit that really brings the interior to life, but aside from that, there aren't too many surprises and you know what you're getting. The diesel engine models are suitably economical and the three-cylinder petrol cars have their own personality and are fun to drive. It won't be an easy task giving the 308 the kind of long-term value that is always associated with the Golf but Peugeot are steadfastly moving in the right direction.
In 2007 the 308 was awarded the Goldene Lenkrad (Golden Steering Wheel) in Germany. A panel of automotive professionals chose the 308 as the best compact family car after it finished first in nine of the 15 criteria
Why not have a look at the 308 on the official Peugeot company web site and get the latest news about Peugeot in the UK at The Peugeot 308 Owners' Club site and forum. You may also like to see what they're saying about the Peugeot 308 on the Top Gear web site.
Lease a Peugeot 308 from FVL and you'll get the winner of Germany's prestigious award for best compact car. With cruise control, speed limiter and tyre pressure detectors available, your Peugeot 308 will feel like a piece of driving heaven.
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