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OFFICIAL 2014 - Peugeot 308

Discussion in 'Peugeot' started by Pedro Alexandre, May 12, 2013.

  1. SKY

    SKY Well-Known Member

    Apparently there was a new CEO a couple of years ago that claimed the pre-LCI 308 mkI was nothing but a disaster in terms of design, and wanted to return to the previous classy designs from this brand, with a more traditional grille, without the stupid nose of the first 308, smaller mouth on the air intake, and a bit nicer (which was not a dificult task).
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    • klier

      klier Member

      Pre and post LCI, the previous 308 was bad either way. The 306 on the other hand was a normal design you could hardly dislike.
      They're not there yet, but Peugeot is moving in the right direction imo. Good for them!
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      • Giannis

        Giannis Global Moderator / Editor Staff Member

        I can agree that they found the right direction design-wise, but I believe they lost their traditional driver involvement. The 208 is kind of dull to drive, with its ESP system being triggered VERY easily, thus not allowing the driver to have some fun. You can't switch the ESP off in the 208!
      • klier

        klier Member

        I know, the driving part isn't all that hot. I've been watching a few 208 GTI reviews and it's a far cry from the original, the 205 GTI (and even 106 XSI/306 XSI). Exactly like you say, a bit dull and with annoying ESP. A shame because it has an excellent drivetrain and 200 hp!
      • Pedro Alexandre

        Pedro Alexandre Active Member

      • Giannis

        Giannis Global Moderator / Editor Staff Member

        Τhe interior looks "empty" in this picture. I don't find it minimalistic in a good way, like the A3 for example, but confused minimalistic.

        Ah, and they still have the ring to engage reverse :D
      • klier

        klier Member

        That's because the dials are in such a weird space creating all this dead, plastic space...
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        • shonguiz

          shonguiz Well-Known Member

          A bit bland exterior, reminds of the 306 somehow. Weird they stick with the 308 nomencature.
        • mini_cooper4

          mini_cooper4 Well-Known Member

          So this will compete with the A-Class as far as I can see :)
          Can't touch the A3 and the 1-Series tho... maybe their premium program still doesn't get the go.
        • rs271

          rs271 Well-Known Member Contributing Member

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          2014 Peugeot 308 SW announced with 610-liter cargo capacity

          Debuts in Geneva
          Peugeot has taken the wraps off the 308 SW which will be publicly showcased at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March.

          The French marque says its new 308 SW has a "class-leading" capacity which is not entirely true since the Honda Civic Toureroffers 624 liters (22 cubic feet) of cargo area, 14 liters more than the 308 SW and theSkoda Octavia Combi. Nevertheless, the number is still very impressive and is the result of extending the car's length from 4253mm to 4580mm which has increased boot capacity by 140 liters compared to the hatchback.

          Engine lineup will be carried over from the five-door hatchback, including the BlueHDi variant which will have CO2 emissions of only 85 g/km. The vehicle rides on the same EMP2 architecture and is 140 kg (308 lbs) lighter than its predecessor.

          The 2014 Peugeot 308 SW will be showcased at the Geneva Motor Show in March and will reach European dealerships this spring.

          Source: Peugeot

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          • klier

            klier Member

            Not bad at all, for a Peugeot at least. Pleasantly surprised!
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            • Gianclaudio

              Gianclaudio Well-Known Member

              Has anyone been in the interior of the new 308? Does it well made and upmarket?
            • klier

              klier Member

              Not yet, I'll do so when I get the chance. Should be a winner if it is 508 quality! I'm starting to slightly like the interior, it looks good in those commercials on tv!
            • Betty Swollocks

              Betty Swollocks Well-Known Member

              I've sat in the 208 and I do NOT like the instrument dials being positioned above the steering wheel.
            • Giannis

              Giannis Global Moderator / Editor Staff Member

              Same here. It really annoyed me, nearly as much as the inability to switch the ESP off.
            • Gianclaudio

              Gianclaudio Well-Known Member

              I didn't find it bad to be honest. I liked the general quality, better than VW IMO and much, much better than Ford and the koreans.

              Thanks Klier. I love the 508 interior by the way.
            • DjordjeC63

              DjordjeC63 Active Member

              Why would you do that, it's not M3?
            • klier

              klier Member

              ^ Because small Peugeot hatches used to handle great without any electronics coming between you and the car. There is no fun to be had with the ESP on in these cars right now.

              Just design a car that handles neutral and good without any electronics next time Peugeot. The ESP should have an off button. At least in the hot hatch versions like the GTI.
            • Giannis

              Giannis Global Moderator / Editor Staff Member

              Because you will be surprised with how much fun you can have with such a small hatch. Older Peugeot hatchbacks used to award you a massive smile with their characteristic lift-off oversteer, even at moderate speeds. The 206 was massive fun, yet the 207 was much more politically correct. The 208 is nowhere near half as much fun to drive as its predecessors.

              Also, given the low weight, it's also very easy to have fun with the handbrake. But ESP kills the joy.

              My daily driver is an old Renault Clio and when it rains, I can't resist to take the last few corners from my home with the handbrake. ;)
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