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Peugeot 308 2.0 HDI Premium: The Great Pretender
January 30, 2008   
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The recipe is simple: take the attractive style of the Peugeot 207 and mix it with the functionality and roominess of the 307, then add a responsive and economical engine... ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Peugeot 308!

The new 308 is the latest product of the French corporation. It was unveiled during the Paris motor show last fall.

At first glance, the 308 looks very much like the smaller 207, but it is 4,276 mm in length, 1,815 mm in width and 1,498 mm in height-dimensions that make it look more like a minivan than a hatchback. The car looks dynamic and has a characteristic front with a huge Peugeot Lion logo and a V-shaped hood. The headlights and taillights extend into the fenders, and the rear window is rounded, in what is one of the distinctive features of the smallest Peugeot.

The compact hatchback has a low drag coefficient of cx=0.29, similar to those for most sedans and testifying to the effort put in by the stylists to come up with an attractive and at the same time aerodynamic design.

Low air resistance considerably improves the car's road holding and reduces fuel consumption. Add to this what is one of the best diesel engines on the market: the turbocharged Common Rail 2.0l. HDI, and do not be surprised that the 308 fitted with this engine is not only responsive, but also economical. The 2l/136 hp engine delivers a maximum torque of 320 Nm at 2,000 rpm, making it possible to accelerate the 1,300 kg car from standstill to 100 kph in 10.1 seconds and achieve a top speed of 205 kph. The average fuel consumption given by the producer is 5.5l/100 km. This means that the car can travel more than 1,000 km after filling its 60-liter tank to the brim. During the test-drive consumption was two liters higher, but my driving was hardly economical…

The passenger cabin is exceptionally spacious and comfortable. A wheelbase of 2,608 mm guarantees a lot of space, and after getting in you are surprised just how much light there is inside. In the five-door version, the total glazed area is 3.6 square meters thanks to a huge windshield and a rounded rear window. The panoramic roof increases the total glazed area to 4.86 sq m. Bright finishing materials add to the impression of lots of light inside. Another advantage is a large number of useful compartments, shelves and pigeonholes. Five adult passengers can travel in the car in relative comfort, with enough legroom and headroom, and the design of the 348-liter luggage compartment makes loading and unloading easy.

The Peugeot 308 fitted with a 2.0 HDI engine is fun to drive, with an ergonomically planned and elegant cockpit, a precise six-speed manual transmission, multilink suspension and extensive standard equipment that includes four airbags, the ABS and EBD systems, electric windows and mirrors, electronic air-conditioning, and a stereo system.

Will these pluses be enough for the Peugeot to be voted the market's best compact car? Time will tell, though this may not be easy. Compact cars are the largest and most competitive segment of the auto market. For now, one thing is certain: the Peugeot has no problem attracting attention on the road. Not bad for a start.

Bartosz Grzybiński
Auto Section Coordinator
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