308 CC GT 2.0 HDi 140
Peugeot introduced their CC
(coupe-cabriolet folding metal roof)
models in 2000, theyve
over 650,000 CCs. David Miles tries
out the latest 140bhp 308 CC...
HAVING A FOLDING METAL ROOF, as opposed to a canvas roof convertible, offers
the comfort of a proper and well insulated roof for your travels in winter.
Yet when the sun shines, no matter what the season, press a button and the roof
automatically opens and folds into the boot space in around 20 seconds; press
the button again and the roof closes.
Peugeot already has the smaller but very successful 207 CC supermini-sized folding
roof range but the larger and better proportioned 308 CC offers seating for
up to four adults with a relatively spacious boot to match.
The range is priced from £19,995 up to £25,995 and comes with three 1.6-litre
petrol engine options (120 and 150bhp versions with manual transmissions) and
a 140bhp unit coupled with an automatic gearbox. The diesel line-up is a 1.6-litre
HDi 110bhp engine with a manual gearbox and a new addition a 2.0-litre
unit with 140bhp, and this is available with either a manual or an automatic
The range offers three levels of trim and equipment Sport, SE and GT
but not all specifications are available with all engine options. The
probable best-selling option, and to me the most sensible purchase especially
for retail customers, is the 1.6-litre THP turbocharged high-pressure 150bhp
version with the SE trim priced at £21,795. That just gives it a pricing edge
over the Volkswagen Eos and Audi A3 Cabriolet. The new £199 5-year/50,000-mile
service plan is probably another very good reason to buy one.
However, more business user-chooser customers and some fleet company car motorists
can now choose coupe-cabriolets because of the extra security the metal roof
brings to the product. So the latest engine to be added to the range, the 2.0-litre
HDi 140bhp unit, makes more financial sense if a higher annual mileage is covered.
The HDi 140bhp SE costs just £800 more than the 1.6-litre THP petrol but the
Benefit in Kind tax is lower as is the Road Tax and Insurance Group rating,
and of course the fuel economy is also better at an official 47.8mpg. My test
drive easily returned better than that with an average 52.2mpg.
The main selling points for the 308 CC are better proportioned styling and balance
over the old 307 CC, a much improved quality, higher comfort levels, a 5-star
Euro NCAP safety rating and the high specification. Peugeot says the 308 CC
is better on the road with improved dynamics providing a more rewarding drive.
True, it does, but the newcomer's added weight impacts on the performance and
agility, making it more of a comfortable cruiser than a sporting model.
new 308 CC has a steeply raked windscreen and the broad A-pillars produce significant
front quarter blind sports. At the rear the boot, which doubles up for luggage
and roof storage, looks chunky and takes up a fair proportion of the car's overall
length. But with the roof up and from the side, the 308 CC looks an elegant
260lb ft of torque
makes the car very user-
friendly to drive at all
speeds and the engine
response is first rate
even at very
low engine speeds...
cabin has seating for four but the rear seats offer limited leg and headroom
for adults. However, in all other respects the interior is a nice place to be
and the quality looks and feels first class but then I was driving the
top spec GT version so I'd expect it to look good.
With the roof down and the Windstop in place, blustery wind intrusion is minimal
so a normal conversation can be enjoyed. Note that with four people in the car
the Windstop cannot be deployed. The driver and front passenger will also enjoy
the new Airwave system which allows warm air to be channelled up to the front
head restraints and onto the neck. In addition to the usual front airbags there
are chest and pelvis side airbags and the world-first head airbag, so it's also
a safe car. With full- or part-leather upholstery with high quality detailed
stitching, the new 308 CC looks and feels a class act.
The body is stronger; torsional rigidity has been improved so when the roof
is down the body-wobbles have more or less gone. The motorised two-part folding
roof takes 20 seconds to open or close and can be operated at speeds up to 7.5mph.
The ride height has been lowered over that used for the now replaced 307 CC
so the road holding is generally good although our poor UK roads still at times
send shudders through the bodyshell despite the softer suspension set-up. All
models have electronic stability control, alloy wheels, air conditioning and
electrically-operated windows and door mirrors as standard.
The latest addition to the 308 CC range, the 140bhp version of the 2.0-litre
HDi turbodiesel engine, has replaced the 136bhp unit fitted at launch. With
increased power and torque, this unit is more refined and very responsive and
flexible to drive. It really suits this car with its six-speed manual transmission
and the auto option will also be on some people's shopping list.
The 260lb ft of torque makes the car very user-friendly to drive at all speeds
and the engine response is first rate even at very low engine speeds, and it
pulls right through the rev range. This characteristic also allows for minimum
gear-changing as the plentiful torque allows the driver to adopt 'block' gear-changes
when required. Top speed is 129mph and 0-62mph takes 11.1 seconds not
stunning but good enough for most people plus over 50mpg is easily achievable.
Reasons to buy include the much improved quality, a comfortable driving experience,
high torque and fuel-frugal 2.0-litre diesel engine, safety features and the
Airscarf neck heater system. Against? Just the limited rear headroom with the
roof up and wide front pillars that hamper visibility. I still think most retail
customers will go for the excellent 150bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine. However,
even though the 2.0-litre 140bhp turbodiesel unit costs a bit more to buy you
do save money in all other ways.
Peugeot 308 CC GT 2.0 HDi 140 | £24,795
Maximum speed: 129mph | 0-62mph: 11.1 seconds | Overall test MPG: 52.2mpg
Power: 140bhp | Torque: 260lb ft | CO2 155g/km