A heap of cr@p
I've driven a variety of these new Peugeots over the last 6 months (including the 308), and they can be summarised as follows :
(i) Well screwed together.
(ii) an ergonomic nightmare (touchscreen & electronic handbrake).
(iii) understeers like a wounded rhino (I'm pretty experienced at driving FWD cars quickly, and the Peugeot just would not grip, regardless of how I drove it).
(iv) lots of torque at low revs which deceives the brain into thinking it's fast (it's not BTW).
(v) Not that economical when driven in normal traffic
(vi) The bits of the car that the driver doesn't touch/see feel a little cheap and plasticky.
Why an electronic handbrake? It's the single most pointless 'improvement' on a car. All that it managed to do was to trip me up every time I was in stop start traffic, perhaps I'm unique in using the handbrake rather than just using the foot brake.
The touchsceen is the work of Satan himself, unresponsive and fiddly. Try changing the temperature whilst driving down a typical UK A road, it's near impossible as your fingers bounce all over the display.
Connecting my phone by Blutooth was hit and miss. I once spent 20 minutes of a journey attempting to connect my phone. I eventually stopped in a laybay and turned the ignitiion off and then back on again (I kid you not). It then connected straight away. I had to reboot the car to make the Blutooth sync work!
I have no complaints about the cars performance, it's a small diesel engined FWD family car, it's no better or worse than other cars in it's calss in this respect.
Finally, I can only assume that it's Peugeots turn to win car of the year, as from my experience the Hyundai i20 I used the previous week was better in almost every other aspect.