2009 Peugeot 308 | new car review

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 by

’s 308 arrived in the Middle East at the end of November 2007. A small family car, it’s loosely based on its predecessor, the 307, but is longer and wider.

The focus of the 308 has been quality and safety – it received the maximum five stars for passenger safety in the European Euro NCAP crash tests.

The exterior design has divided opinion. While some praise its Gallic boldness, others think that the 308’s predecessors – designed by third party design houses – looked better than this new look, penned in-house. Whatever you think of it, it certainly stands out thanks to some flamboyant lines and a prominent nose-like bonnet.

A five-door and a station wagon – called the SW – are available. The rear seats have headrests on all models and split 60/40 for folding down. There’s also a 12V lighter-style plug in the back for plugging in compatible entertainment systems or phone chargers.

2009 Peugeot 308

Standard features include remote central locking, electric mirrors and windows and a steering column that adjusts for both reach and rake.

Several trim levels are available in the hatchback. The first is the Confort, which comes with a four-cylinder, 1.6-litre engine putting out 120bhp, attached to a four-speed automatic gearbox. Included as standard are tinted windows, 15-inch steel wheels and electric windows in both the front and the back.

The Premium edition features the same engine and gearbox with 16-inch alloy wheels, a front armrest and a stereo system with an auxiliary socket for iPod connection, as well as front fog lights.

2009 Peugeot 308

Not to be confused with the Premium is the Premium Pack, which features a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine making 140bhp. It also includes dual zone automatic air conditioning, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, as well as a net for securing luggage in the boot.

The top-of-the-range Feline comes with 17-inch alloys fitted with tyre pressure sensors to let you know if you’re running a flat. The interior is kitted out in leather with lashings of chrome trim (which also appears on the rear bumper) and a panoramic sunroof. Also included is a sat-nav system with a folding screen, and the radio features a hands-free telephone, a hard disc for recording your music and a five-CD changer.

2009 Peugeot 308

In the SW, the entry-level trim is the Break Confort Pack, which features the same standard functions as the hatchback Confort, but with the addition of a boot net.

The SW Confort Pack also features the 120bhp engine and adds a panoramic sunroof and 16-inch alloy wheels. The SW Premium is comparable to the hatchback model, as is the Premium Pack trim. The Feline edition includes all the features of the hatchback model, plus rear parking sensors and an automatic rear-view mirror.



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Price Range (AED) 57,000–89,900


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