Peugeot 308 Review

The 2022 Peugeot 308 is a great family hatchback that’s one more example of how far Peugeot has come in the past decade.

In a market full of family hatchbacks and small crossovers, it’s a tough ask to come up with a car to compete. Yet that’s exactly what Peugeot has done.

The company has sold over 1.5 million 308s in the past 15 years, which tells you just how good it is.

The good news is, the 2022 Peugeot 308 is even better!

2022 Peugeot 308 design

The design of the 2022 Peugeot 308 is proof that the French car maker is intent on driving itself upmarket.

The new family design is awesome. The front grille and light arrangement are top class while the panel detailing all round keeps the eyes busy.

The front grille and lower sill have an air of Lexus about them but are totally unique. The way the lights feed into the grille and bonnet curves round to meet it shows a great eye for design.

The profile looks pretty good too with slim A and B pillars and a more substantial rear quarter.

At the rear, the 308 shares a similar look to the 208 with a horizontal light bar and curvy hatch that fits perfectly into a slot made by the lower bumper.

2022 Peugeot 308 interior

Inside, the 2022 Peugeot 308 is a great place to be. You will first notice the shaped steering wheel familiar to most Peugeots right now.

Just like the 508, you are supposed to look over rather than through to the digital instruments. Once you’re used to the small size and shape, it’s actually very instinctive to use.

There’s a small touchscreen beside the instruments and some screen buttons as well as physical buttons for heating and cooling.

The front seats are very comfortable and adjustable but don’t have the best lumbar support. Otherwise, they are perfectly fine for long commutes or road trips.

As this is a family hatch, the rear passenger space is pretty decent too.

Engines and driving

The 2022 Peugeot 308 has 3 engine options plus the GTI. The first is a 1.2-litre PureTech petrol that produces 129 hp. Then there’s a 1.5-litre four cylinder BlueHDI diesel that produces the same 129 hp.

Finally, there’s a 1.6-litre petrol engine with two plug-in hybrid options, Hybrid 180 that delivers 178 hp and Hybrid 4 that delivers 225 hp through the engine, electric motor and 12.4kWh lithium-ion battery.

There is also a 308 GTI model with the 1.6-litre turbocharged PureTech engine that produces 256 hp.

The PHEVs use an e-EAT eight speed automatic transmission to power the front wheels. The other engines use a six speed manual or eight speed automatic.

All engines provide decent power for their size while being frugal with fuel. The PHEVs obviously give more mileage with more power but come at increased weight.

The 308 has smooth power delivery throughout the gears. The ride is composed with competent suspension, modest body roll and a feeling of confidence as you drive.

It’s a very well balanced car that can be fun while also taking the kids to school.

Pros and cons of the 2022 Peugeot 308

The 2022 Peugeot 308 has a lot going for it but there are a couple of downsides.

Pros of the 2022 Peugeot 308

  • Amazing design with engaging front end
  • Range of great engines with decent power
  • Excellent build quality throughout
  • Very little noise in the cabin
  • Good suspension setup with composed ride

Cons of the 2022 Peugeot 308

  • Has to compete in a very crowded segment
  • Lumbar support up front could be better
  • Driving position will take some getting used to

2022 Peugeot 308

The 2022 Peugeot 308 is a great addition to the Peugeot fleet and a solid contender for your next family hatch.

It has great design, comfortable interior, decent levels of technology and some smooth engines.

Combined with a range of great colours and those looks, few people would mind having the 308 on their driveway.

Build quality has improved, cabin noise has reduced and there’s enough room for all the family plus luggage. What’s not to like?

Contact us today to book a viewing or test drive a new or quality used Peugeot at Budgen in Telford and Shrewsbury.

Peugeot 308 Review