PSA Peugeot Citroen

Peugeot Citroen: our cars are officially 'clean' and cheat-free

PSA Peugeot CitroenPeugeot and Citroen cars tested by a French lab under the watch of the government have been given a clean bill of health and officially verified as compliant with pollutant emissions legislation.

The news from PSA comes as three Renault sites were reportedly raided by the French government investigating so-called ‘defeat devices’.

PSA adds that none of its sites have been searched.

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That’s not the only good news for PSA from the tests either: “These initial results also confirm the effectiveness of the BlueHDi after-treatment system, which includes selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology positioned upstream of the particulate filter, to treat the nitrogen oxides (NOx) released by diesel engines,” said the firm in a statement.

“This technology has been deployed on all of the Group’s Euro6 vehicles since late 2013.”

Peugeot 308 GTI

Peugeot 308 GTI: Two-Minute Road Test

Peugeot 308 GTI

Peugeot 308 GTI: What is it?

We first saw the 308 GTI at Goodwood Festival of Speed in June. Now we’ve finally driven it on UK roads – and on-track at Donington Park – ahead of the on-sale date of 5 November. Peugeot’s hottest hatch might look subtle, but it packs a 250hp punch – or 270hp in full-fat Peugeot Sport guise. Prices start from £26,555.

Peugeot 308 GTI: What are its rivals?

Fast family cars are back in fashion and the 308 has no shortage of capable rivals. First in the firing line is the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the hot hatch benchmark for nearly four decades. The Ford Focus ST and SEAT Leon Cupra are worthy alternatives, too – both cheaper and arguably more fun to drive than the Golf. And the Honda Civic Type R is our (literal) wild card. It offers furious performance speed, but at a price.

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Peugeot 308 GTI: Which engines does it use?

Powered by the same 1.6-litre THP petrol engine as the RCZ-R coupe, the 308 GTI produces 250hp, or 270hp in the clumsily-named ‘GTI by Peugeot Sport’. Both drive through a six-speed manual gearbox (there’s no auto option), hitting 62mph from rest in 6.2 seconds, or 6.0 seconds for the Sport. Top speed for both is a heady 155mph.

Peugeot 308 GTI: What’s it like to drive?

On twisty Peak District lanes, the 308 GTI was grunty, grippy and properly quick. Its turbocharged engine provides ample low-down torque, while lower, stiffer suspension means good body control when cornering. Shame the overly-light steering offers leaves you feeling slightly detached from the whole experience. Moving to Donington Park Circuit, the difference between standard and Peugeot Sport GTIs became more apparent. The Sport has a Torsen front differential that quells understeer (running wide) and really hauls it around bends.

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Peugeot 308 GTI: Fuel economy and running costs

It might offer performance on par with old-school Subaru WRXs and Mitsubishi Evos, but the Peugeot should prove considerably cheaper to run. Average fuel economy for both versions is quoted as 47.1mpg, with CO2 emissions of 139g/km (£130 annual car tax). Anecdotally, Peugeot dealers are usually open to offering discounts when you buy, too.

Peugeot 308 GTI: Is it practical?

In a word, yes. The 308 is a five-door, five-seat hatchback with a roomy 501-litre boot. A Ford Focus, by comparison, holds just 316 litres. On the minus side, space in the rear seat isn’t especially generous. And your passengers may start to complain about the rib-shaking ride – the price you pay for sporty suspension.

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Peugeot 308 GTI: What about safety?

If you can restrain your right foot (easier said than done), the 308 is a safe car. It scored a maximum five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests and standard equipment includes super-bright LED headlights, front/rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. The beefed-up Alcon brakes on Peugeot Sport versions also deserve a mention – they scrub off speed with impressive effectiveness.

Peugeot 308 GTI: Which version should I go for?

We think the Peugeot Sport version is worth the £1,600 premium over the regular GTI. For that, you get larger 19in alloy wheels, sports seats, bigger brakes and the Torsen differential. Admittedly, you won’t notice much difference between the two cars in typical road driving, but residual (resale) values for the Sport are likely to be better, too. We’ll leave the two-tone ‘Coupe Franche’ paint option seen below up to you. At £1,300, it’s an acquired taste.

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Peugeot 308 GTI: Should I buy one?

The 308 is a worthy addition to this competitive class, but its blend of subtle styling and serious speed still wouldn’t dissuade us from buying a SEAT Leon Cupra or VW Golf GTI. We suspect it would be a satisfying car to live with, but – judged as a hot hatch – the potent Peugeot is a little too sensible for its own good.

Peugeot 308 GTI: Pub fact

One Peugeot that certainly isn’t sensible is the 308 R Hybrid – a 500hp petrol/electric hot hatch that sprints to 62mph in 4.0 seconds, yet emits just 70g/km CO2. Sadly, the R Hybrid remains a concept for now, but Peugeot boss Maxime Picat has hinted that a production version is possible.


Citroen C-Zero £11,995

Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot iON prices drop to £11,995

Citroen C-Zero £11,995

Good news! You can now buy a zero-emissions Citroen C-Zero or Peugeot iON for as little as £11,995.

The Citroen C-Zero, Peugeot iON and Mitsubishi i-MiEV are the forgotten cars of the electric vehicle (EV) sector. Back in 2009, when trials of the i-MiEV commenced in the UK, EV technology was still in its infancy and few people fancied taking the plunge. Fast forward six years and the likes of the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and Tesla Model S have revolutionised the sector.

The quirky i-MiEV and its French siblings suffered from being too quick to market – and a hefty price tag. A wildly optimistic pre-Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) price tag of £38,699 was initially slapped on the electric Mitsubishi, before it was dropped to a more respectable £28,990. Better, but still too expensive.

Sadly for Citroen, Peugeot and Mitsubishi, as EV technology moved on, the C-Zero/iON/i-MiEV simply became outmoded and overpriced. The French pair were slightly cheaper at a little over £26,000, but even with the £5,000 saving, it was simply too much money.

But rather than let the electric cars gather dust, Citroen and Peugeot have had the sense to drop the price tag to a more acceptable £16,995. Deduct the PICG and that’s a suddenly-quite-appealing £11,995. Crucially, that price includes the batteries.

So what does £11,995 buy in the electric car world?

Peugeot iON £11,995

Well a range of 93 miles is possible, but you’ll need to go easy on the silent pedal to get that far. The 65hp electric motor will also propel the C-Zero/iON to an unlikely top speed of 80mph. There’s enough room for four tall adults and a respectable 166-litre boot. So what’s the catch?

Peugeot is only offering the iON through 22 specialist Peugeot iON dealers, so you’ll need to make sure there’s one near you. You unlikely to find it a particularly enjoyable car to drive and the real-world range is likely to be closer to 60 miles. And it’s hardly the newest electric car on the market.

But at £11,995 you can almost forgive it all its sins. Unless of course you paid £26,000 for one and are left with a used car headache. Glass’s recently reported that electric cars are among the worst first-year depreciators, with the Citroen C-Zero retaining just 32.07% after 12 months. Ouch.

Peugeot 308 R-Hybrid prototype

Peugeot 308 R-Hybrid prototype hits the road

Peugeot 308 R-Hybrid prototypePeugeot appears to have moved a step closer to production of the radical 308 R-Hybrid after the firm’s boss tweeted a picture of his chairman driving a road-going prototype version of the concept car.

We haven’t previously seen images of prototype models, so it’s interesting that our first sighting is from Peugeot’s boss himself – with, it seems, his CEO’s approval…

Peugeot 308 R-Hybrid prototype

The images show a camouflaged 308, but key differentiators of the 308 R-Hybrid can still clearly be seen, chiefly its flawed wheelarches and big brakes.

The concept car, first revealed at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, boasted an 80mm wider track, four-pot front brakes and big 19-inch alloys.

It also paired Peugeot’s 270hp 1.6-litre turbo engine with twin 115hp electric motors, one on the front axle and one on the rear.

Peugeot 308 R HYbrid

This not only made the 308 R-Hybrid four-wheel drive, it also saw total power output rocket to 500hp – good enough for 0-62mph in 4.0 seconds and a capped top speed of 155mph.

Plug-in hybrid capabilities, however, mean it can run as a pure EV and also has official CO2 emissions of just 70g/km.

Question is, now Peugeot has teased us with news that prototype versions of the 308 R-Hybrid are running, when will it arrive to take on the Ford Focus RS, Volkswagen Golf R and possible Golf 400?

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Peugeot 308 GTi in world debut at Goodwood

Peugeot 308 R HYbridPeugeot will host the global debut of the new 308 GTi hot hatch at the 2015 Goodwood Moving Motor Show on 25 June.

The hot new 308 GTi will be the centrepiece of the firm’s Moving Motor Show stand, sitting alongside an European debutant, the 500hp 308 R Hybrid (pictured above).

It’s expected to be powered by the 270hp 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder engine already seen in the RCZ R – hopefully with that car’s mechanical limited-slip differential as standard too.

A suitably delighted Lord March said: “Since we launched the Moving Motor Show in 2010, it has gone from strength to strength and the fact that major manufacturers like Peugeot are now using it to host global reveals is testament to how far the event has already come.

“The Moving Motor Show is all about giving our visitors the chance to see concepts and premieres ahead of anyone else and it will be marvellous to have the world debut of its new Peugeot 308 Performance here at Goodwood this month.”

Visitors lured by the hot Peugeot allure will be able to act it out on the Goodwood Hill Climb, as the firm’s offering drives of the 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport, plus the ‘warm hatch’ 308 GT 205 THP.

Those of a milder disposition can try out the 308 GT PureTech 1.2.

The sixth annual Moving Motor Show, which was visited by 34,000 people in 2014, will also exhibit some Peugeot racers, to round off the feast Peugeot Sport metal. These will include:

  • 206 T16
  • 208 WRX
  • 2008 DKR

Peugeot will line up alongside 19 other car manufacturers on Thursday 25 June; Goodwood Moving Motor Show tickets are on sale now, priced from £30.

Peugeot 208 textured paint 2015

Peugeot 208 in textured paint finish first

Peugeot 208 textured paint 2015For those who’ve spent weeks seeking the perfect smooth paint finish on a classic car restoration, look away now: Peugeot’s become the first car manufacturer to launch a textured paint finish. Read more

Peugeot 1007

Great Motoring Disasters: Peugeot 1007

Peugeot 1007About eight years ago, I happened to be standing in a Peugeot dealer’s parts department. I can’t remember why.

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Want a modern day Peugeot 106 Rallye? Vauxhall has the answer…

Want a modern day Peugeot 106 Rallye? Vauxhall has the answer…

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Long for the days of the Peugeot 106 Rallye? Well, Vauxhall may well have the answer, in the form of its new Vauxhall Corsa Sting R. Read more

Peugeot Exalt

Peugeot Exalt at the Paris Motor Show 2014

The Peugeot Exalt is back at a motor show once again. Peugeot proves you can show facelifted concepts and still draw the crowds keen for a fresh look… Read more

Peugeot Quartz

Peugeot Quartz at the Paris Motor Show 2014

If the new Peugeot 3008 comes with a similar drivetrain to the 500hp hybrid setup boasted by the Quartz crossover concept, then bring it on. Read more