2014 Peugeot 301 | driven – first impressions

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 by

Quick Review

GoodGood spacious interiors, attractive ticket price, european build quality, safety features
BadBadaverage airconditioning, engine lacks power at low RPMs, 4 speed auto box
SpecsSpecs1.6-liter 4 cylinder engine capable of 115 bhp @ 6050 rpm and 150 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm
PricePriceAED 55,500 (as tested)
RatingEditors Rating Three Star


The recently introduced 2014 301 is an entry level sedan from the French car maker. The new car comes in three variants with prices ranging from AED 49,900 for the base model, scaling up to AED 55,500 for range topper Allure version.

2014 Peugeot 301

Few days of driving the top spec 2014 Allure in and around Dubai has us convinced that Peugeot has a lot to learn and improvise in order to make its presence felt in the fiercely competitive segment dominated by Japs and Koreans.

Engine & performance

All three variant feature a 1.6 liter, 4-inline engine. With its rated output of 115 bhp @ 6050 rpm and 150 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm, the high revving power plant in 2014 Peugeot 301 is not intended for spirited driving. The new car, with its 4 gear auto box, felt most at ease in the speed range of 80 – 100 km/h. Anything above 100 km/h would see the engine revs heading to 3000+ range, while a start at traffic light requires shafting the throttle pedal into the floor to get the car going. There is the option of manually shifting gears to offset the sluggish performance at low revs but then how many of us would actively do this on a daily basis?

2014 Peugeot 301

There is lots of grinding and whistling from the engine. Our test car, when handed over, had just over 600 kilometers on the clock. I am wondering if the grinding and whistling is a part of run-in process. To be honest, the roughness did seem to taper off towards the end of our test drive covering nearly 250 kilometers.

It was evident when the compressor for air-conditioning would kick in and take a toll on engine output. The automatic gearbox seems to have a mind of its own and seemed confused most of the times, except when the throttle pedal was floored. That’s when the engine and gearbox would go mad and rev counter pushed to 5000 rotations and beyond in a desperate attempt to please the driver.

2014 Peugeot 301

In a nut shell, the 2014 Peugeot 301 felt lifeless at low speeds. However, once the tacho needle crossed the 3000rpm mark, the same engine came across as a different breed altogether. A 5 gear transmission would have done a better job of keeping the engine at ease on high speeds, we feel. Transmission shifting is smooth but the electronic brain that tells the metal to shift needs its pulses reset.

Ride & handling

Having driven the car for a bit over 250 km, mostly in city traffic where the car is intended to be driven, the 2014 Peugeot 301 can handle corners and round abouts with ease. The new car took our slight agressive driving in its stride and held onto its ground with confidence. The tires did an impressive job with the road grip. Steering response is as you would expect on a car in this segment – not to sporty, but adequately obedient. At times,  the car feels unstable and waves across the lane markings on highways, requiring ongoing steering correction. Suspensions are tuned for comfort and absorb road undulations with ease without any fuss.

2014 Peugeot 301

Comfort & practicality

The 2014 Peugeot 301 shines when it comes to interior space. The space around front and rear seats is good and seats are comfortable. The top end 301 Allure was fitted with fabric seats and did not have sun roof. What it did come with is a basic audio system with bluetooth connectivity and USB/Aux jack. Connecting a smart phone with the audio system via bluetooth was simple. One could stream music from the phone into the audio system in addition to answering phone calls.

Ergonomically, switches are where you would expect them to be. The buttons on audio system felt too close together and small, demanding attention. The layout can be more intuitive and user friendly. For example, the big knob smacked in the center of the audio controls would find  better use as volume control instead of tuning radio stations.

2014 Peugeot 301

The hazard lights button is so well integrated in the dashboard design that team AutoMiddleEast had to search for it, in contradiction to its intended usage – we prefer an in your face hazard warning switch rather than a nicely designed one that merges into the car’s interiors. Then, this could be just a matter of individual preferences.

The boot space is amongst the largest we have seen in this segment of cars. The 2014 Peugeot 301 – Allure grade features keyless entry, electric windows and automatic air-conditioning. Speaking of which, we feel there is nothing that comes even close to air-conditioning performance of the Japanese cars. They seem to have the formula right and others should either learn from them or replicate on their own. Either ways, get it right.

2014 Peugeot 301

Driver airbag and anti lock braking system comes standard on all grade of the 2014 Peugeot 301, while the Allure grade gets a passenger airbag as well.

The French car maker offers a 5 year unlimited mileage warranty, 12 year anti perforation warranty and a 3 year paintwork warranty on all the 301 variants.

Price |  ex-showroom in Dubai: AED 55,000, as tested.


The 2014 Peugeot 301 sedan is one of the most competitively priced entry level sedan from a European car maker. The new car is built well and offers ample of space for its occupants and their luggage. If this is good to offset slightly sluggish performance and other minor bits here and there, then this car is worth taking a close look at before making your mind up.

12 Responses to 2014 Peugeot 301 | driven – first impressions

  1. zerari mohamed said Reply

    April 14, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Salam! Mohamed from Algéria
    I’ve a 301 1.6vti with manuel Transmission. It’s my second one (active). The first i sold it with a good benefit in 2014. One year later i buy a new one and since the first 20 000 Kms the consommation of oil became normal! No other problém, all is alright! For the price i think it’s a good car, better than a Renault. Thank’s at all, i hope for every one, that they solve theirs problems.

  2. mustafa Reply

    March 17, 2017 at 12:36 am

    shit on peugeot

  3. owner Reply

    November 2, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Problem is the front windshield gets foggy at night specially when it’s raining. The a/c vents on the dashboard, blowing the windshield, can not be shut causing fog which affects vision to the driver. The a/c fan is also weak. The auxillary fan is too loud, sounds like a household vacuum cleaner.

  4. 301 owner Reply

    November 2, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Problem is the front windshield gets foggy at night specially when it’s raining. The a/c vents on the dashboard, blowing the windshield, can not be shut causing fog which affects vision to the driver. The a/c fan is also weak. The auxillary fan is too loud, sounds like a household vacuum cleaner.

  5. Nasib Reply

    June 22, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Hi, Im from Azerbaijan, the same problems with my 301 too. Please, write how to solve this issue.

  6. emy Reply

    March 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    that car is a piece of junk.the gear shifting is not just it.

  7. Bartolome Reply

    January 7, 2016 at 9:14 am

    I worked in a rental car company in Abu Dhabi,, and we have a lot of this car i mean a lot.. and all our customer is complaining about this car performance. so we end up lowering the grade of the car, now belongs to Toyota yaris, Kia Rio and hyundai accent category. hope they fix this issue on this specific vehicle. 🙂

  8. Isa Reply

    December 28, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Over all, the 301 is awkward and gutless.

    The transmission hesitates when shifting from 1st to 2st gear. I took my car several times back to the dealer but they were not able to fix it. Later they told me that there is a recall so they took it for repairs however now instead of hesitating it jumps to 2nd gear with a big jolt that shakes the car and that might result in a damage to the transmission.

    To me it is a piece of junk. A big mistake and a waste of my money. I new that it does not have great resale value but I thought I would have a brand new car with peace of mind but my car spend as much time in garage as on the road. Not worth it. At all.

  9. mohamed Reply

    November 19, 2015 at 12:10 am

    I have received a 301 allure 2015 car 2 weeks ago and i realized that after the car moves for about one hour the hoods and fenders are very hot you can not even touch it.
    please till me does any body suffer from the same problem

  10. Augustine Keke Reply

    November 9, 2015 at 1:59 am

    My experience is same as mentioned. The transmission from 1-2 is reluctant then sudden and bumpy. It also feels there is so much air resistance and the 1.6 engine is to small for such sedan size. ???
    Suspension and Brakes are excellent. Enough passenger space too. Needs serious improvement on transmission, engine air conditioning systems.

  11. Lukasz Reply

    April 1, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    I had the same problems as mentioned above. I’m from Poland.
    The same story with service team.

    Luckily approx month ago Peugeot announced 301 recall campaign for drivers upgrade of engine and A/T.
    My impression is that A/T works better, on low temperature – below 10 degrees Celsius – and parking above 8-10 hours outside from time to time there are some small vibrations or better call it kick, once for approx 10 use of car. It was daily basis problem before – almost every day.
    Biggest advantage of this upgrade is that A/T lost lag in cooperation with engine. You should ask your local Peugeot service team for this upgrade.

  12. SAQIB QASIM Reply

    February 11, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    I bought this car in 2013, but the year model is 2014.
    The gear shifting problem from gear 1 to gear 2 is very very high.
    Everytime the gear shifts the vehicle makes heavy vibration, it makes a fear that some earthquake came only for my car.
    This vehicle sent to authorized work shop in Sharjah, UAE for 6 times for the same problem. It looks manufacturer and service team knows this problem, but not accepting.
    If any of you suggest how to resolve this problem,

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