Peugeot 308 Review, Specs & Performance

A great car to drive - Has a well-designed interior

The contract hire Peugeot 308 has had a makeover and it's a great car to drive. This family hatchback has a well-designed interior and it's not only a stylish car to lease but also a practical choice too.

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Overview of the Peugeot 308


Drivers have a range of powertrain choices for the Peugeot 308 car lease range, including two plug-in hybrid choices that use an electric motor and a 1.6-litre petrol engine for a combined power output of 178 bhp.

The 12.4kW battery delivers an electric-only range of 37 miles - which makes this a sound choice for company car drivers - and the 0 to 62 mph sprint time is 7.6 seconds.

The alternative plug-in hybrid offers a combined power output of 217 bhp, and there's just one petrol engine, a 1.2-litre unit delivering 128 bhp.

However, the petrol engine really does deliver thrills behind the wheel, particularly at low revs, and it's a nice motorway cruiser. For those racking up lots of miles, the 1.5-litre diesel engine delivering 128 bhp is also a sound choice.

All the powertrains offer a refined performance and the hushed environment of the cabin make the 308 a quiet car to drive.

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Peugeot 308 in a nutshell


With so many great competitors, what helps the contract hire Peugeot 308 stand out as a car leasing choice? Not only is the new exterior styling impressive, but the plug-in hybrid offers a great alternative to many of its rivals.

It's also a relaxing car to drive, there's plenty of space in the cabin for passengers and the interior has a premium look and feel. The suspension delivers a smooth experience even over rough road surfaces, and with the light steering, there's good feedback to make this a fun car to drive around town.

There's plenty of grip from the tyres on winding country roads, and the new i-Cockpit design will impress. Peugeot has used a small steering wheel and a 10-inch digital instrument display. The graphics are crisp and there are various customisation features that make it an easy-to-use offering.

Smartphone mirroring comes as standard, and there's a natural voice recognition feature. The inbuilt satnav system works well and there are USB ports in the front and rear for the driver and passengers to use.

Rear seat passengers will find there's plenty of space, and there are lots of storage options and the boot space is large enough for lots of luggage.

Standard safety features include rear parking sensors, while other models come with rear and front sensors. There's the option of a self-parking system and a 360° camera - which is standard on the GT Premium. Other standard features include LED headlights, and some models come with matrix LED lights. The better spec models feature wireless phone charging, keyless entry, the 360° parking camera and larger alloy wheels.

Essentially, the Peugeot 308 car lease is a cracking all-rounder that delivers modern looks, efficient powertrains and high comfort levels in the cabin. There's a lot to like about it, particularly for those wanting a hybrid or automatic car and there's more space on the 308 SW estate variant for those who need it.


Why not have a look at the 308 on the official Peugeot company website? Or why not look at some of these similar car lease deals from First Vehicle Leasing: the Ford Focus and the Vauxhall Astra.