Peugeot 308 1.2 Allure 17" Review
French chic

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
24 Feb 2015

The Volkswagen Golf has been a dominant force in the hatchback segment for the last couple of years. So much so that often it overshadows its rivals in the segment. With the new Peugeot 308, the French are coming back having learnt a thing or two from the Germans.

Peugeot improved the new hatch from the ground up with a new chassis. What they call the EMP2 which it shares with the new Citroen C4 Picasso. Peugeot followed a mantra of light weight when they designed the hatch.

Made with a combination of steel, composites and aluminum, the car weighs 140kgs less than the one it replaces. Even the tailgate is made from a special Thermoplastic material that shaves another 3kgs off. What this adds up to is a hatch that at 1150kg is one of the lightest in its class.

And the effects of this frenetic devotion to lightweight is obvious once on the road. Although powered by a modest 1.2-litre turbocharged engine, the 129bhp and 230Nm of torque seems plenty when paired with the car’s lightweight. 

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Engine Capacity 1199cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 3
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Bore x Stroke (75 x 90.5)mm
Power 129bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 230Nm @ 1750rpm
Power to Weight 112.2 bhp per ton


Acceleration 10.7s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 200 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 19.2 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DCT
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4253 x 1804 x 1472) mm
Wheelbase 2620 mm
Turning Circle 5.2 metres
Kerb Weight 1150 kg
Boot Capacity 470 L
Boot Capacity (folded) 1309 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs