Peugeot 308: Reliabe, Green and Not in the USA

Peugeot 308

Well, France as a nation has a lot going for it great food, best wine and of course fashion. However, when it comes to cars, the French having been getting something more sour than their cheese. Most of their agony stems from their German neighbour’s domination of the automotive industry. What would the automotive world be without BMW, Audi and Mercedes Benz. Just to add insult to injury a German company owns the best French automaker, Bugatti. Definitely for Renault, Citroen and Peugeot its hard times. However, the Peugeot 308 makes for a case for automotive brilliance. French automakers may have never acquired traction in America, however in other parts of the world they have a reputation of reliability. As a testament to this, there are Peugeot models made in the 50s and 60s still on the road in Africa and Cuba.

The History

The Peugeot 308 is a millennial small family car, and is younger than all that are legal to drive it, unless 9 year olds can get licenses today. Known as the “Project T7,” the 308 made its debut in 2007. As it was unveiled the 308 replaced the 307. The car has gone on to win a couple of awards even scooping the “European Car of The Year” in 2014.

The Body Styles

The Peugeot 308 is available as either a hatchback, sedan or a station wagon.

The Current Model

The current 308 is the second generation of the model. Great styling, efficiency and reliability have propelled it to be revered by all. Also, to add substance to this, Peugeot is known as the second least emitting CO2 generalist brand. Well, with a world where Tesla is on the horizon this could change.

Peugeot 308

The Variants

These are the different types of the 308 you can expect:

  • GT
  • GT Line
  • SW

The Powertrain

For power the Peugeot 308 is supported by either a 1.2 L, 1.6 L or 2.0 L, four cylinder petrol or diesel engine. There is also a 3 cylinder 1.2 L engine for further efficiency. The most powerful of this engines is able to produce 250 hp. Using this power the Peugeot 308 GTI manages to achieve a top speed of 155 mph.

The Interior

Entering the cabin you won’t be disappointed, it has all the right trims and seams in the right places.

The Exterior

Hatchbacks for obvious physical reasons aren’t always the best looking cars. However, this particular Peugeot has a rather aggressive look that diminishes its “small” car status.

Our Verdict

At the end of it all, if you have questions about the manufacturer, you’ll be happy with their track record. If you have questions on the environment you’ll be happy to be driving the second greenest generalist brand. If you have questions about the car itself, well it was voted the “European Car of the Year” in 2014. Well, to be honest the Americans really don’t know what they are missing out on. Need I say more?

To be an owner of one of this great cars you should start budgeting from £ 15,195.

Should French cars look to reinvent themselves and take another swipe at the American market or should they stick to making champagne? Have your say, leave a comment.

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