Peugeot 308 review, prices and specs - Design

The 308 is a polished and competitive family hatch, but could irritate buyers with iffy ergonomics

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Price
from £15,930
  • Better to drive than you might expect
  • Not the most excitingly styled hatch

Design

After the blobby Peugeots that we used to have to deal with in the past, the latest 308 was launched with a very smart, Golf like look.  Sharing a similar profile to the interminably competent German, the 308 has aged well and still looks smart with its LED lights and attractive wheel designs despite being on sale since 2014.

Apparently referencing elegant Peugeots like the 306 and 205, Peugeot has definitely aimed the exterior styling at the conservative buyer, a pretty sharp contrast to the wacky interior.

High-spec GT and GTi models closely resemble lower specced models, with only larger wheels and fancier exhaust trims letting the game away. These can be optioned with some ‘interesting’ paint options with GTi models offering a ‘Coupe Franche’ option that splits the colour midway down the body.

Whatever your inclination is in regards to spec, the Peugeot always looks attractive and well proportioned, but stops short of looking as slick as a VW Golf or an Audi A3, which are priced similarly to top-end 308’s.

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