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Peugeot 308 Active 1.6 BlueHDi 120 Stop and Start

Peugeot 308 Active 1.6 BlueHDi 120 Stop and Start

Small Family Cars

1. Peugeot 308

Model/Engine size:
Peugeot 308 Active 1.6 BlueHDi 120 Stop and Start
Fuel:
Diesel
Fuel economy combined:
91.1 mpg
Peugeot 308 Active 1.6 BlueHDi 120 Stop and Start

Summary

The current 308 has been well received across Europe, helping to turn things around for Peugeot following some very difficult years where mainstream manufacturers have lost out to both budget and premium brands. Peugeot was at the forefront of adopting diesel particulate filters so it is fitting that it is also one of the first to reduce NOx emissions to meet Euro 6 early.

The latest BlueHDi engines combine the FAP system which removes 99.9% of particulate matter with SCR to reduce NOx by 90% bringing these emissions in line with petrol engines. This means that the diesel unit can now combine very low CO2 emissions with very low emissions of the pollutants that exacerbate poor local air quality, removing the need to compromise.

Uniquely Peugeot/Citroen’s diesel particulate filter (FAP) can burn off the trapped deposits in urban running as the system uses an additive which lowers the burning point. This means that you don’t need to regularly undertake higher speed runs to keep the system working and the ECU doesn’t need to use excess fuel to get the exhaust temperature up.

One area where Peugeot has been less successful over recent decades is build quality. We are glad to report Peugeot has worked particularly hard with the 308 which feels reassuringly solid. The dashboard also has a mature and very uncluttered look thanks to the addition of a touch screen that has allowed excess buttons to be banished.

The 308 has a confident and mature look inside and out which signals Peugeot’s desire to loose the cheap and cheerful tag. It is also around 140 kg lighter than the outgoing model, is incredibly efficient, has sensible performance, and meets Euro 6 early. Despite the hike in quality it also remains keenly priced which is why it has to be on your long list.

Read our full Peugeot 308 review

Specifications

Fuel economy, extra urban:
102.3 mpg
Fuel economy, urban:
83.1 mpg
CO2 emissions:
82 g/km
Green rating:
VED band A - £0 a year
Weight:
1162 Kg
Company car tax liability ( 2015/16 ):
16%
Price:
£19,845
Insurance group:
TBC
Power:
120 bhp
Max speed:
120 mph
0-62mph:
10 seconds
Euro 6:
Yes