The Peugeot 308 is a stylish quiet cruiser, with excellent diesel engines. It has an attractive interior and plenty of safety kit, and it is good value for money with prices starting at just over the £15,000 mark.
The Peugeot 308 isn't one of the roomiest family hatchbacks, because rear kneeroom is a shade tighter than in the best cars in the class. Headroom is sufficient for a six-footer, though, despite a sloping roofline. Boot space is average for the class, but the high sill makes loading heavy items awkward. The interior of the Ford Focus is not quite as spacious as a VW Golf’s, but there’s still comfortably enough space for four, while the good, square-shaped boot means there’s plenty of usable space out back.
The Ford Focus is still the UK’s leader in sales, and it has an impressive range of standard equipment across the range including digital radio (DAB), Bluetooth and USB connectivity, voice control of key convenience features, Thatcham Category 1 alarm, Ford Easy Fuel ( to prevent misfuelling), front, side and curtain airbags, ESP, ABS and Isofix child seat attachments. Depending on the model the Peugeot 308 has air-conditioning, four powered windows and a CD player. Active models add cruise control, alloys, automatic lights and wipers and Bluetooth, while Allure models have part-leather seats, climate control, parking sensors and a panoramic roof. GT models have sporty styling.
The all new Ford Focus is priced at £15,995 it is the sweetest-handling car in its class. It is well equipped and competitively priced and is as practical as most rivals.