The Peugeot 308’s interior centres around a large infotainment screen – it’s a masterpiece in minimalist design, but not a lesson in intuitiveness.
The Peugeot 308’s interior has obviously been designed to take on the superb construction found in the Volkswagen Golf. Plastic quality is pretty decent and the design itself is very clean with the large infotainment screen – fitted to all but basic models – meaning there’s no need for a sea of conventional buttons.
The limited amount of buttons is both a blessing and a curse in the 308. It’s a blessing because you no longer have to learn your way around the dashboard like in older Peugeot models, but it’s also a curse because some of the controls that have been replaced by the touchscreen should have remained physical.
You can just about bear with the volume control which isn’t a rotary dial anymore but a couple of buttons in one of the menus of the infotainment. What is really annoying, though is that even a simple temperature change involves at least two clicks on the touchscreen making you take your eyes off the road for an amount of time some would consider dangerous.
I like the small, sporty steering wheel and, on the whole, everything feels well screwed together
The new 308’s interior represents a huge step up from the model that came before it. The 9.7-inch touchscreen that comes fitted to all but the most basic model gives the dashboard a clean, uncluttered appearance. It’s not the easiest system to use, however – lacking the useful menu buttons you get on a VW Golf system.
It does come with sat-nav as standard, but its instructions aren’t always easy to follow and there’s no clearly marked menu for inputting a postcode. Quality is pretty decent, though, with the majority of the interior being soft to the touch and finished off with classy piano black and metal trims.