When the 308 entered the market in 2007, it was supposed to succeed the popular 307. This Peugeot 308 was a lot better than its predecessor in terms of comfort, refinement, fuel-efficient engines and vastly improved interior quality. Few small family hatchbacks offer the same ' value for money' as the 308. And because Peugeot is not that value-for-money, it is quite affordable as an occasion car. The Peugeot 308 is also safe, with a Euro NCAP crash test rating of five stars. However, the space on the back seat is not great and the 308 is not the best steering mid-sized car on the market. But with a decent fuel consumption of the diesel engines and very low purchase prices, the 308 may be just the right choice for a price-conscious family.

Peugeot 308 checklist

  • From January 2010, ESP became standard on all 308s, with the exception of the entry-level Urban editions.
  • If you don't cover many kilometres, cars with a particulate filter are likely to cause costly problems.
  • The electrics can be erratic and the engine can fail. Starting the engine can also be a problem due to faulty electronics. So check that everything works. You can do this by having the car checked before buying it. 
  • The instrument panel may have problems. This causes the trip computers and service indicators to malfunction. The odometer may also have problems; the remedy is a software update.
  • The interior trim is weak and sometimes the interior suffers from squeaks and creaks
  • Look for signs of water leaking in through the windscreen seals. This can cause annoying electronics problems. 

Plus and minus 308

Although the Peugeot 308 is not the most desirable model in its class, it can be a good rational purchase. This is primarily due to its competitive purchase price. You simply buy a lot of car for relatively little money. In general, the Peugeot 308 can be called reliable, although there have been a few annoying electronics problems. That is why it is wise to have the car checked before buying it.