The Auto Trader expert verdict:
The Peugeot 308 CC is an affordable folding hardtop as good to sit in during winter as it is with the top down in summer.
Reasons to buy:
- Extra security of folding hardtop
- Economical engines
- Comfortable cabin
How much equipment do I get?
Trim levels include Sport, SE and GT and include 16-inch wheels, air-con, a radio and CD player plus a locking glovebox and central locker as standard. The SE model adds 17-inch alloys, auto wipers and headlights, ambient interior lighting, cruise control, climate control, alarm and white instrument dials. The top GT spec cars are fitted with 18-inch wheels, leather trim, Airwave scarf, tyre pressure sensor, parking sensors and an upgraded sound system.
How good does it look?
The Peugeot 308 CC gets an enormous gaping grille, making it something of an acquired taste. The rest of the car is more conventional, and we particularly like the swooping curve of the folding roof when it’s up, and the clean shoulder line when it’s stowed. The rear bumper now has a diffuser-style lower lip, with air-channelling fins, as found on racing cars. We’re not sure if they gave us more grip at high speed, but they certainly look good.
What's the interior like?
With the CC starting at £19,995 and our test car coming in at £24,795, you expect an interior with some added flair over the hatchback. The CC doesn’t disappoint – most of the hardware is the same as the 308 hatch, but it has been repackaged with added soft touch plastics, chrome circular air vents, upmarket switches and white dials. The range-topping GT trim gets leather trim, which really lifts the cabin’s atmosphere. Even at motorway cruising speeds the cabin is relatively free from wind buffeting with the side windows up. A wind deflector and Airwave neck heating is optional on Sport and SE models and standard with the GT.
How powerful is it?
We drove the manual 2-litre HDI 140 FAP and found it to be a competent engine. For a diesel it produces quite a pleasant growl when you accelerate, and stays respectably quiet the rest of the time. Acceleration from 0-62mph in 11.1 seconds is hardly exciting though, and leads us on to one grumble about the CC. According to Peugeot our GT model weighs a massive 1674kg – around 200kg more than the hatchback.
How practical is it?
With the roof up the 308 CC has a bigger boot than the hatch, thanks to its extra width. If you want to enjoy the sun, pop open the boot and extend a net partition which ensures your luggage is in the correct position, and then the roof folds down into this space. The roof can be operated at speeds up to 7.5mph and takes around 20 seconds to transform the car from coupe to cabriolet.
How reliable is it?
The 307 CC has proved reasonably reliable, so the 308 CC should continue, and hopefully improve on, this trend. When taking one for a test drive ensure that the roof operates perfectly.
What's it like to drive?
This is a cool-looking car for those who still want the driving ease of a hatchback. The steering is very light, which assists manoeuvring but robs the car of feel and takes some confidence away in the corners. Choose the GT model, with 18-inch wheels and high performance tyres and there is plenty of grip, but it doesn’t make the CC a sporty car to drive.
How much will it cost me?
The HDI 140 FAP can return 47.8mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 155g/km. The cleanest engine is the 1.6-litre HDI 110 FAP, emitting 138g/km. The petrol engines seem to struggle with the weight of the 308 CC and return less than 40mpg.
How safe is it?
Not much to fault here. The 308 CC has already been awarded a five-star score in EuroNCAP crash testing, with three stars for child occupant protection. All variants come with six airbags, Isofix child seat mounts and passenger airbag deactivation. Pop-up roll bars are activated if the car senses it is flipping over during a crash.
The Peugeot 308 CC is an attractive car which makes journeys a bit special, without actually being that great to drive. The engines and handling are competent, but it’s the folding roof and classy interior which will put a smile on your face.