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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

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability and safety Rating

3.9 out of 5

Price
£28,210 to £43,370
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​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.

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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 crossover3008 SUV and 208 supermini were all represented in the 75-strong list.

Warranty

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.

Servicing

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.

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