Peugeot 308 review - Reliability and safety
Peugeot offers good levels of standard safety kit for the 308, while the brand's Driver Power feedback is much improved
The 308 includes a raft of standard active safety kit with lane-keep assist, a speed limit recognition function, a driver attention warning and an Active Safety Brake system all included with the entry Active Premium model.
Allure Premium versions and above benefit from Peugeot’s Drive Assist Pack which adds adaptive cruise control, a rear cross traffic alert (providing a warning if approaching cars are detected as you’re reversing) and a long-range Blind Spot Detection system.
Industry safety body, Euro NCAP, tested the 308 in May 2022 and awarded it a four-star rating out of five. Adult and child occupant protection scores were good at 76 per cent and 84 per cent respectively, but the vulnerable road users (68 per cent) and safety assist (65 per cent) categories didn’t fare so well.
Specifically, Euro NCAP highlighted the poor areas of protection offered by the 308’s bonnet to the head of a struck pedestrian in the event of a collision, and also rated Peugeot’s autonomous emergency braking system as marginal in terms of how it responded to other cars on the road.
Peugeot placed a respectable 9th out of 32 manufacturers in our 2023 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. The 308 itself is yet to appear in our best cars to own poll, although the 2008 crossover, 3008 SUV and 208 supermini were all represented in the 75-strong list.
The 308 is covered by a three-year warranty, with unlimited mileage for the first two years and a 60,000-mile limit applied to the third year. Hyundai and Kia both offer more comprehensive warranties at five and seven years respectively.
Peugeot Service Plans cover scheduled maintenance costs for up to five years, with various mileage options. You can pay on a monthly basis, although the plug-in hybrid models cost a little more than the regular petrol or diesel versions.
In this review
- 1Peugeot 308 review With its striking good looks, the Peugeot 308 is a desirable five-door hatchback, but it sacrifices practicality and isn’t great to drive
- 2Engines, performance and drivePlug-in hybrid models offer decent punch, but the 308 hatchback is no driver’s car
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsThe 308 petrol and diesel models offer good real-world fuel economy, but the efficient plug-in hybrid is quite expensive to buy
- 4Interior, design and technologyEye-catching looks and a quality cabin elevate the 308 above a lot of mainstream hatchback rivals
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe 308 is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of practicality - a large boot and decent towing ability are compromised by poor passenger space
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingPeugeot offers good levels of standard safety kit for the 308, while the brand's Driver Power feedback is much improved