• Styling; build quality; packaging
  • Ride too firm; downward sloping seats; no cupholders; windscreen angle

6 / 10

Peugeot 308 CC Review & Road Test
Peugeot 308 CC Review & Road Test
Peugeot 308 CC Review & Road Test
by Karl Peskett

The Pug for sun-lovers

Model Tested:

  • 2009 Peugeot 308CC; 2.0-litre, four cylinder, diesel, six speed automatic; coupe/cabriolet – $52,990*

Options Available:

  • Leather seats with integrated heating, AirWave and windstop – $4,100

CarAdvice Rating:

Ah, the convertible. The wind in your hair, the sun on your skin, seeing the entire starry heavens at night; the Peugeot 308CC ticks all those boxes. So it’s a lifestyle car then, right?

You can imagine a 308CC driver pulling into their local drive-thru coffee shop for a skinny latte before a big day at the office. The barista hands over a steaming take away cup and the driver takes it and places it into the…wait a minute. Where are they going to put the scalding container? Unfortunately for the driver, nowhere. Yes, there’s not one cupholder in the entire car.

We rang Peugeot for an explanation. “Yeah, it’s a bit of a pain, we know”, said Peugeot’s marketing manager. “You can put two cups next to each other under the console armrest. There’s enough space, and they sort of hold each other in place.” Hmmmm. Not exactly the greatest fix. So, you either have to always bring a friend, or buy two cups.

Fortunately, the rest of the interior fares better. Stylish charcoal metallic trim, textured soft plastics, beautifully sculpted seats – the harmonisation of materials is admirable. The chrome rings bordering the white intruments also imbue a sense of class. Interestingly, this is one of the few drop-tops with an interior light for both front passengers and rear, with the second light affixed to the roof-lining of the rear folding section. The space is also excellent, with a few compromises.

Peugeot 308 CC Review & Road Test
Peugeot 308 CC Review & Road Test
Peugeot 308 CC Review & Road Test
Peugeot 308 CC Review & Road Test

If you slide the front seats forward enough, rear passengers can be quite comfortable, while the driver will have to bend their legs and arms a tad more than usual but without feeling squeezed. For smaller drivers it’ll be natural anyway. It means you won’t have to leave friends behind for a countryside jaunt. Just make sure at least one of them also buys a coffee.

An aside – if you’re looking at the seats above and wondering why there’s no AirWave system in the headrests, it’s because we were supplied a pre-Australian spec car. If you order this car with leather seats, you now also get the AirWave, which casts warm air over your neck while you’re driving; perfect on cool nights with the top down.

The driver’s seat does slope forward a little too much, without any angle adjustment. You tend to slide forward, or feel like your thighs are floating due to the shortish squab. Thankfully the steering wheel is height and reach adjustable which helps you to find a somewhat comfy driving position. There’s little in the way of true feel, though the weighting is reasonably satisfying.

It does turn in and handle pretty well, like its 308 brethren, which means that just like its siblings, it has a very firm ride. Perhaps overly so, considering the demographic this car’s aimed at. Maybe it’s a good thing there’s no cupholders after all – the drinks would be upended by the quick vertical oscillation. Strong brakes round out a dynamically decent package. But is it the kind of car you’re going to be punting into corners?

Peugeot 308 CC Review & Road Test
Peugeot 308 CC Review & Road Test
Peugeot 308 CC Review & Road Test
Peugeot 308 CC Review & Road Test

What’s nice is the seat heaters and climate control, which cocoons you in warmth while the cool breeze of outside air skims over the top. That’s when convertibles make sense. However they don’t make sense when you don’t get a feeling of being exposed to the elements.

When sitting, looking forward, the angle of the windscreen is so steep that your vertical peripheral vision is blocked by the frame of the screen. If it was further away, you’d feel less enclosed, and the view less inhibited. It’s a styling issue, but one that helps the wind movement in the cabin to be contained.

With the roof up, though, it’s impressively quiet inside. We experienced the subdued noise, even when driving next to a semi-trailer, which would aurally intrude in other convertibles.

Under the bonnet, things are much more satisfying. The 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel mill is modest in its outputs – 100kW and 320Nm – but is so smooth and relaxed it’s a perfect fit for a cruisy car like a convertible. Sure, some may argue that the diesel rattle doesn’t fit in with top-down motoring, but with the Aisin six-speed auto always keeping the motor on the boil, it makes for effortless torquey performance without having to rev its lungs out – perfect for the lifestyle bent.

Peugeot 308 CC Review & Road Test
Peugeot 308 CC Review & Road Test
Peugeot 308 CC Review & Road Test

There’s a predictable 2000rpm powerband from two to four grand, and good economy (7L/100km), although the extra weight penalty (180kgs) explains why it uses more diesel than its hatch sibling (5.5L/100km).

The 308CC is perfect for someone going for a unique looking hard-top convertible, and wants the option of a turbo-charged petrol version, or a diesel engine. It’s a relaxed drive, a nice, cruisy, easy-going experience. The problem is, the unique looks are the only thing it’s got going for it. Volkswagen’s Eos, for example, has a better ride, uses less fuel, expels less CO2, and is cheaper. Plus, for the engineers among us, its five-piece conversion is a whole lot more impressive to watch than the two-piece of the 308CC.

There are plenty of convertible options in the 308CC’s price bracket, so it would be prudent to take a good look around and see what you like best. If you’re wanting a styling standout, then the Pug will make you feel snug.


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  • t39

    Didn’t CA do a 308CC review a couple of months back and at that time were much more impressed and rated it higher than Eos due to its funner handling?

    • crouchy

      Is funner a word?

    • sammo

      yes i too can recall this, so i was expecting a higher rating for this car, 3/5 is a bit low for my liking..

  • Dereck Turner

    Who cares about cupholders? Cars are meant to drive, not as a place to eat and drink. Go to a coffee shop!

    • zahmad

      People who buy this car do…

    • Greasy

      True2 but can u imagine heading off to work around 8 with the top down while slurping mochacino when stopping at red light? Thats good energy booster i think, rather than having coffee at home/shop

  • Sumodog

    Sorry guys but EOS is a better car. We ‘ve driven both and she bought EOS.

  • Nightshifter

    this can’t be more expensive than EOS if you count the options to get the same level of equipment!

    • Wheelnut

      I agree…. If I was in the market for a CC This is the one I would go for – for starters; it looks better and has more standard features than most of its competition.

      However; I’m amazed that none of the manufacturers who build convertibles like this don’t offer an optional storage box.. ; instead of the superfluous rear seats

      If not an upgraded ICE system with more speakers and a couple of subs – given how bad Stereos sound in a cabrio if/when you’ve got the roof down

  • Alex

    Well I’m not a fan. I generally like Peugeots but this one looks dumpy, frumpy, fragile, awkward and fat. Not to mention the shear size of the thing. I saw one parked outside a dealer the other day and I don’t know if it was just the angle but it looked huge. It does have a nice interior and it is a bit more interesting than an Eos, but I would have to take the Eos. I always got the feeling that if Volkswagen did make a proper coupe, it wouldn’t look too different to what the Eos is now. It looks tidy and sporty and not bloated and heavy. But would peugeot really design a coupe that looked like this does with the roof up? I doubt it. You cold probably rely on an Eos more too. I don’t doubt the 308’s build quality, but a French folding roof when even the Germans and the Japanese haven’t mastered it? Hmmm.

    • mdt

      Volkswagen does make a coupe, it’s called the Scirocco. So no need to imagine what it might look like! You’re right about the looks of the thing, the 308 CC does look a bit “slabby” and chunky in real life. When you see an older 306 Cabriolet on the roads it makes you realise what beautiful, elegant cars Peugeot used to design, and how far they have drifted in the meantime.

    • Pops

      Yeah c’mon Alex… after all your fuss about the Scirocco definitely being a coupe it appears you’ve forgotten that VW already have a coupe in their lineup.

      Ref: “Volkswagen Golf R fastest ever: Frankfurt Motor Show”, Sept 16th.

  • Mal

    A thumbs up for build quality hey? I’ve always dreamed of seeing a Pug praised for it’s screwed-togetherness. Pity it’s come at the expense of absolutely everything else.

  • Kyle

    I have a Peugeot 308 hatchbatch and after 13000kms it feels like an old car already, creaks, rattles and knocks even on smooth surfaces, which are few and far between in Australia. I know they worked really hard to get these cars build quality up to scratch, but seriously.. its no where near that of japanese or german cars.

  • hubbba

    I have a 207cc and a 407 coupe. May be you should all stop dreaming and own one. i have had VW and pugs are more comfortable and stylish. if you want to drive an old ladies car go right ahead

Peugeot 308 Specs

Car Details
Body Type
New Price
Private Sale
$18,590 - $21,130
Dealer Retail
$19,800 - $23,540
Dealer Trade
$14,600 - $16,900
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
240Nm @  1400rpm
Max. Power
103kW @  5800rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
8.1L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:1270  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
225/45 R17
Rear Tyres
225/45 R17
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Torsion bar, Trailing arm, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones, Sport Seats
Control & Handling
17 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Parking Distance Control, Power Steering, Trip Computer
Electric Top, Fog Lights - Front, Power Mirrors
Power Windows
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Side Airbags
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Control & Handling
18 Inch Alloy Wheels
Metallic Paint
Leather Upholstery
Service Interval
12 months /  20,000 kms
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Eng Scuttle
Country of Origin