Let me start by saying, thank you to Peugeot for allowing me to borrow one of your cars and Daniela for setting this whole thing up!
In late August, I was approached by Peugeot, to see if I was interested in having one of their Peugeot 308 GT line for a week to review it, to see how it would fit with my lifestyle. They said I could take it anywhere I like and do whatever I wanted, in return for one thing, an honest review. So I did.
I thought to myself, how do I review a car… Do I do what everyone else does? talk for 15 minutes about endless jargen about the qualities of the car.. Well, I found the idea of that to be… boring. They recommended I take it out to a couple day trips, but I didn’t want to go to the generic places, To really test a car you have to push its limits. I made sure I went somewhere new for the days I drove it. Each place being different, to see how well the car really worked for me. As well as this review I thought I would make a little video, showing the fun I had with the car.
As soon as it arrived I started cruising around to try get a feel for it. At the time I was ready to go to business meetings in Worcester. So suited and booted I thought, okay what better way to do business than in style, got in the car and drove. Now let’s be honest here, motorway driving is so boring, but with the amazing sound system in the car I was having the time of my life. One thing that always annoys me about my car is that the seats aren’t comfy but with this car it had these huge bucket seats, it felt like I was sitting in the cinema! I arrived in Worcester, what better place to test its handling and the reverse parking, something that you will know if you live there is that the city roads are tight and parking is minimal, the Peugeot passed all my tests; Great handling and that reverse parking camera was an absolute gem! One thing that was a little annoying was the Sat Nav in the beginning, it didn’t really work for me.. at all. But I will get onto how it overcame my tests later on.
So the next day rolled around and I thought, okay it’s worked around business lifestyle, how would it work around the exploring aspect. So I took the car up to Clee Hill, where the roads are tight, there were sheep EVERYWHERE. and the weather conditions are even worse. This was the place to test the cars abilities. Driving up and down these narrow cliff roads with fog so thick we couldn’t see 2m in front of us and suicidal sheep jumping in front of the car. This worked so well under these conditions, the lights seemed so much stronger than other cars, blasting its way through the fog, and the handling down these lanes was amazing, a real 10/10.
As the week went on I had back to back meetings so I didn’t have a lot of time to be driving around, but then I get a call of my parents saying ‘Can you collect us from the airport’. Earlier on I said I wasn’t too impressed with the sat nav this is where it proved itself to me. So I’m driving to Birmingham airport, at 11pm at night, it should be an easy drive… unfortunately it wasn’t, the Midlands had decided this was the perfect day to close half the roads . At the time I had my own sat nav plugged in because I was still unsure about the Peugeots, I’m driving along and the exit I’m supposed to take to the airport was closed, and the next road and the next… My sat nav freaked out, didn’t know what to do.. Couldn’t recalculate and it sent me into this small ghostly village. At this point its 12.38pm and I’m freaking out a little, so in the need of desperation I try to work the Peugeot Sat Nav I plug-in the codes and it tells me exactly where I am and alternative routes if necessary.
The following day I thought I would go to one of my favourite places to explore. Kinver Edge Rock houses, it’s so peaceful and curious to go exploring in the woods. The car was spacious for packing all the equipment I needed to take with me, and all the extra people. The car handled the sharp and winding bends with ease. What was normally a chore, was suddenly stress free and I could sit back and enjoy the scenery. The surface of these lanes isn’t exactly level, with pot holes on regular occasions, the suspension stayed smooth even with such low profile tyres.
Before I knew it my time was up, the car was ready to be collected and I had to give it back, I was so sad to see it go.. I really enjoyed driving it, it made the experience something I would love to do again sometime. Overall this is definitely a car I would be proud to own. A great week full of adventure and excitement!
Once again, thank you Peugeot!
- Price: £24,095
- Engine: 1.6-litre 4cyl petrol turbo
- Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-wheel drive
- Power: 202bhp
- 0-62mph: 7.5 seconds
- Top speed: 146mph
- Economy/CO2: 50.4mpg/130g/km
- On sale: Now