A modern compact class car – Peugeot 308 5-door hatchback
For a medium sized car, the new model (2014-forward) Peugeot 308 is surprisingly spacious.
Introduced originally in the 1990’s as the Peugeot 306, the mid-sized ‘Lion’ grew in size with the Peugeot 307 and in 2008, the first 308 model was launched.
Amongst the best cars in compact class – Peugeot 308.
The Peugeot is widely considered to be one of the best compact cars in competition with the best from VW, Opel and Ford.
Test of Peugeot 308 – 2017 model.
So how does Peugeot do it? The answer is continuously improvements in quality, attention to design and refinement (the car is quiet to drive), comprehensive weight savings and a pricing policy just below the main competition with similarly equipped cars.
Luggage space in a Peugeot 308 – impressive
In terms of boot capacity, the 308 Peugeot comes in above the main competitors Astra, Focus and Golf.
Total capacity for luggage with 5 people in the car is an impressing 470 litres.
Best in class size of trunk.
The list of competitors to the Peugeot 308 is quite long, and includes a number of very good alternatives.
The best compact class cars
We recommend the following vehicles (best choice in compact car class):
- Peugeot 308
- Ford Focus – it’s just a very nice car for the money – latest facelift model introduced in 2014
- VW Golf – very unusual for an old (2012) model to rate this high
- Opel Astra – new class breaking model introduced in 2015 (the old one was not-so-nice)
Other good compact class cars:
- Renault Megane (new model 2015)
- Hyundai i30 (new model 2016)
- Seat Leon (a Spanish flavoured Golf)
- Skoda Octavia (a slightly larger car with Golf underpinnings)
- Honda Civic (new model arrives in 2017)
And the rest of them:
- Citroen C4
- Kia Cee’d
- Toyota Auris
- Mazda 3
- Nissan Pulsar
In Peugeot terms, the 308 is the VW Golf
Peugeot decided to stick with the 308 designation at model change in 2014 – maybe as the name 309 had already been used in the 1980’s when Peugeot took over an unfinished ‘project’ from acquired Chrysler-Talbot.
The forward-looking Peugeot 309 hatch was not a bad car, but became somewhat of an unwanted child in the Peugeot family. It was killed off in 1993 with the introduction of the 306.