Peugeot 308 1.6 Used Car Review- Still Roaring
When you mention Peugeot, we get mixed reviews from Its quirky design (some call it French Flair), superb engineering, handling to its infamous French electronic gremlins. The pug had its legends like the 308 GTI and 405 both rally championship cars. They make excellent cars for car lovers but had its reputation tainted by reliability problems. Buts it making a strong comeback again with the highly acclaimed 3008 SUV launched recently. In the last decade, Naza was quite succesful selling the 308 and 208 variants to our Malaysian market.
I own this pure white Peugeot 308 1.6 THP with Twin Scroll Turbo producing a strong 156hp and 160 torques, had its French tug facelighted 'Graffe' model launched in 2012. Design wise, still sleek, sporty and fresh as if it was launched just last year.
Aggresive yet subtle, the countours, at least to me, screams sexiness. With its standard 17 inch low profile tyres it roars speed and aggresion.
This 308 attracts both males and female drivers, young or mature.
Very sport inside. Mainly black with tactile, rubbery dashboard and chrome trims at the right spots for contrast with firm, supportive fabric seats. Subdued without the red stichings on steering, seats and trims we usually associate with KPop Oppa or Japanese makes that wants to put on a sporty facade. But this is the way i like it. Not loud. With panaromic sunroof, you can gaze the nigt skies whilst listening to the 6 speaker, clear and bassy sound system.
Leather wrapped steering wheels with Tiptronic controls. Its a cockpit really, that oozes power and control.
Everything is about quality here, the fit and finishes to the materials used- if you live in a colder country that is. My rubber switches for windows, gearknob garnishes are now sticky or craking, because of our Malaysian weather. But luckily the switches are easily replaceable. So Peugeot, please take note here.
With its highly acclaimed THP 1.6 Turbo engine (also used by some BMW and Mini models), it delivers both in power and economy. With a torque of 240nm, it pulls you. Combined with its superb ride and handling, its a pleasure to drive. The weighted steering wheel does not feel light at high speeds but gives you the assurance and control. Light enough for manouvering in tight spaces and traffic.
Fuel economy is good for this 6 speed tiptronic auto with turbo, i get an average of 12km per litre for mixed city and highway driving. But if you are addicted to the 'Sports' mode that roars and pull, you may get 10-11km per litre. Still not too bad.
Comes with 2 airbags and 2 side curatin airbags, EBD, ABS, Bfake Assist and 2 Isofix
Safefy packed comparing to some cars of similiar price range of today.
Its a hatchback. But may be longer than some sedans (really). Pretty decent boot to carry 3-4 medium sized luggage trolleys. A singles or family car.
Service intervals are ecery 10,000km. Averaging RM250 to RM350 each service. Parts are pricier than Japanese or local makes by 20-30%, but the parts if original, should last you another 100,000km of use. I have so far replaced the alternator at RM650, pricey? Yes. But it gives you the pleasure of driving this fine machine.
So Should You Buy a Used Peugeot 308?
Yes please if you want to own a continental car that is well balanced with power and space.
We all know conti cars do not have high resale value, especially so for Peugeot, Citroen (owned by Peugeot PSA Group), Ford. Getting a 308 will range from only RM28-38k now depending on condition and age. So its great value.
Foe similiar price range, you can only get an older basic spec Vios, City or never but used Myvi. But the saftey, tech and driving experience is totally different. We all know Japanese cars offer reliability. But this Peugeot gives you ownership satisfaction.
My advise to address you concern is this. Allocate 20-30% of the purchase price for any used car, replace the wear and tear parts. Have a throught service of engine oil and fluids, brake pads.
Your used car will serve you well for many years to come.
My Peugeot 308 is seving me very well.