Sometimes I get really rubbish emails from PRs, other times I get offered things like a review car for a week. Hmm, do I want to drive around in a brand new car and pretend it’s mine?
Oh, go on then…
I already drive a Peugeot so I know I love them, In fact, I have stuck with Peugeot for the last ten years or so, bar a few months in a different make that used to conk out as I drove around a bend – I kid you not. I feel safer driving a Peugeot and honest to goodness I have never had one not start on me or break down. Not ever!
At the moment my own car is a 3008, I decided on this model because it is big enough to fit two teenagers (one who is over 6 foot tall) and a toddler in her car seat in the back as well as having a spacious boot. When my Peugeot 308 GT review car arrived it was nice to have a ‘hot hatch’ sitting on the drive again. Before my 3008 and when all the kids were a bit smaller I had a 207 and of all my Peugeots it’s the one I enjoyed driving the most, so the 308 immediately brought back fond memories.
As soon as I got in the 308 GT for a spin it was love at first drive! This is one nippy little car, I’d forgotten just how much easier it is to drive a car that can effortlessly pop across roundabouts and out of junctions. Perhaps it’s because my 3008 is getting a bit old now, but it does feel very heavy compared to the 308 GT.
I was excited to see that the car had the Peugeot Open & Go, this basically means that your keys could be in your bag or pocket and the car will sense them so that when you pull on any handle the car automatically unlocks. You then press the Start button and you have lift-off! Really cool, also extremely handy when you’re trying to get all your shopping and wriggly toddler into the car and can’t be bothered to search in the abyss of your handbag for your keys. I really liked the Open & Go and when I do upgrade I will be looking for a car that has this feature.
When I first got in I saw the usb port and thought how handy that there was a built in car charger, so I plugged my iPhone in and started the engine to be greeted by the brilliant Jennifer Hudson belting out ‘And I am Telling you’ (from Dreamgirls) I thought for a moment how the burly guy that dropped the car off didn’t seem the type to be listening to this genre of music and what a coincidence it was- then it dawned on me that it wasn’t a charging port at all but a nifty way of getting the music directly from my phone to come out of the built-in 9.7 inch touchscreen sound system. The car just automatically plays whatever you were listening to last in your iTunes, clever ey?
My 3008 doesn’t have this plug in facility and so I’m stuck with the radio or CDs (who has those these days?) to have the option of rocking out to my tunes all week was a real treat.
The touchscreen also has an excellent sat nav and Peugeot Connect which even tells you where nearby garages are and gives reviews on attractions from Trip Advisor, just amazing, I’m loving all the new technology!
Next thing to totally wow me was the full-colour reversing camera. My hubby has one of these in his car but it is nowhere near as clear as this. At the end of the week, I knew that I would miss the reversing camera the most and wondered how I would ever park without one again. I have managed it, of course, but having a reversing camera of this quality with sensors at the front and rear was absolutely brilliant. I am not too bad at parking but there are some spaces I would avoid due to poor visibility and being a bit unsure of how far back I can go: the camera and sensors were excellent and made my driving experience a whole lot easier. I thought the lines on the screen that helped you to straighten up were really useful and even the kids were impressed at my parallel parking skills in the middle of a the packed high street – something I wouldn’t attempt without the camera for fear of messing it up! Again, when I upgrade I won’t consider buying one without a reversing camera and sensors.
Here’s a pic below of me popping into a space at the supermarket, not a difficult one to get into but it’s nice to have the camera to avoid going back too far. The horizontal lines disappear the closer you get which helps you judge perfectly a safe distance to reverse.
These are clever little cars and the one I was testing out had Blind Spot Monitoring that warns you of the presence of a car or motorcycle in your blind spot by switching on an LED light located in the door mirrors which was a really excellent safety feature.
One thing that does take some getting used to is the eco-drive system that stops the engine when idling in traffic. All you need to do is tap your foot on the accelerator pedal to get it going again but I did have a couple of moments of panic where I thought I’d stalled the engine. I don’t know that I’d actively seek out a car with eco-drive, however, it is probably far more environmentally friendly as well as being more fuel efficient. Talking of fuel, the car arrived with a full tank and still had more than quarter of a tank on collection a week later. That is after doing school and nursery runs daily as well as the supermarket shop plus various trips around town, and our longer journey to the zoo.
That’s my take on a few of the features I liked best about the Peugeot 308 GT here’s some of the official spec:
Peugeot 308 Hatchback
- PureTech 1.2-litre e-THP 130 (6-speed automatic stop-start)
- Fuel type petrol
- Panoramic Cielo glass roof
- 18inch alloy wheels
- Peugeot Open & Go system
- Dynamic cruise control
- Emergency collision alert
- 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds
- Length 4253mm
- Width 2043mm
- Carbon dioxide emissions 112g/km
- Insurance group E
- On the road price £24,295.00
I really enjoyed driving the Peugeot 308 GT around for the week, there’s plenty of space in the boot and despite being a small car it suited our family perfectly. It was an absolute joy to drive and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Peugeot to you, as far as I’m concerned they are fantastic looking and reliable cars that have never let me down. Just a shame I had to give this one back really!
For more information on the Peugeot 308 GT and other models visit the Peugeot site.
*We were kindly sent the car for a week for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.