The 308 is a medium sized family Convertible Coupe produced by Peugeot, and initially launched in mid 2007. What was especially significant about the Peugeot 308 Convertible Coupe was that it was among the first of the X08 generation that was to ease the French Auto giant into the 21st century.
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in late 2011, the Series Two 308 Convertible Coupe now boasts a new black matt grille, oversized LED headlights, sleeker front and rear bumpers, chrome embellishments all around with front and rear LED lights creating an overall impression of roundness and robustness that Peugeot are currently stamping on all of their models. Particularly outstanding about the Series Two 308 Convertible Coupe is its automatically retractable hardtop capable of folding into the car's trunk in less than twenty seconds.
The Peugeot 308 Convertible Coupe draws its power from a choice of four petrol driven engines - either the starting level 1.4 liter 97 horsepower followed by a 1.6 liter 180 horsepower, with a 154 horsepower engine next in line and topped by a 197 horsepower engine. There are also four diesel engined HDi direct injection technology configurations available for the 308, kicking off with a 1.6 liter 91 horsepower, trailing a 1.6 liter 161 horsepower as well as two 2.0 liter diesel engines, either 148 horsepower or 161 horsepower. All of the308's engines, petrol or diesel, come paired with manual transmission as standard apart from the 1.6 liter 161 horse-powered versions that come with automatic transmission.
To ensure as smooth a ride as possible Peugeot have fitted the 308 Convertible Coupe with Macpherson strut front and torsion beam suspension for the rear backed up by a front and rear stabilizer bar , designed to strike a effective balance.
For those who get the chance to take a look at the Peugeot 308 Convertible Coupe for the first time might be surprised how substantial it actually is, certainly larger than its predecessor at 168.3 inches long by 71.5 inches wide by 56 tall. Front seat passengers are sure to enjoy travelling in the 308 CC. However back seat passengers might be more likely to find even the shortest trip a bit of an ordeal.
With the roof up, the Peugeot 308 Convertible Coupe can fit quite a lot into its trunk, with up to 35.5 cubic feet available. However with the roof down and folded away inside the trunk, then the space available nose-dives to just 14.5 cube.
With their new model 308, Peugeot have succeeded in continuing their tradition of producing a vehicle that will fit into a niche of its own. The Peugeot 308 not only looks very well, it drives well too and offers pretty fair value for money in a competitive market. Trade reviews are generally sympathetic to this mid- sized family Convertible Coupe, although it does have its share of pros and cons.