Peugeot 308 Turbo 1.6 Glass Roof Review
No Pug intended

Story by Raymond Lai, pictures by Azfar Hashim
30 Jun 2008

The Peugeot 308 makes for a really good family car. But will the automatic gearbox be its Achilles’ heel, or otherwise?


I don’t have the official statistics but I’m pretty much sure that the majority of French drivers drive a car with a manual gearbox (I tried Google-ing for the numbers but unfortunately to no avail). Well, you might ponder why the hell I came to such a conclusion then…

The reason is pretty simple – in my many years of motoring journalism, I have yet to come across a really fine automatic gearbox in a French car, and it doesn’t really matter whether it’s a Peugeot, Citroen or Renault. 

But what about this new 308 then? The 308 is the latest Pug to hit town, replacing the popular 307 – and at the same time, it’s the brand’s hopeful product in keeping up with the European hatchback posse, like the Volkswagen Golf and Renault Megane.

Yes, it looks promising. But will it still be haunted by a dismal gearbox, or will this for once, be the perfect one to give the Germans a run for their Euros?


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Engine Capacity 1598cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Bore x Stroke (77 x 85.8)mm
Power 140bhp @ 5800rpm
Torque 240Nm @ 1400rpm
Power to Weight 103.3 bhp per ton


Acceleration 9.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 202 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 4 -speed Auto Tiptronic
Drive Type FF


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4276 x 1821 x 1498) mm
Wheelbase 2608 mm
Kerb Weight 1355 kg
Boot Capacity 430 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs