[YesAuto Test Drive] 308CC is a new hard-top convertible four-seater sedan launched by Peugeot in 2008. It is also one of the few compact hard-top convertible cars in the world. At the same time, a hard-top convertible car in the world is also Peugeot’s work. After decades of evolution, the CC series has become one of Peugeot’s most classic car series. This time we are fortunate to have come to the birthplace of the hard-top convertible-France personally test-driven this model that has carried Peugeot’s hard-top convertible for decades. The car culture is full of personality and hard-top convertible cars.
● The appearance of bionics
The size of Peugeot 308CC has increased compared to the previous model, the length/width/up to 4400/1817/1426mm; the wheelbase is 2605mm, the enlarged body will not only bring us more impact on the vision, And it also has a relatively prominent contribution in terms of space. Compared with the 307 CC Peugeot has carried out revolutionary research and development on the 308CC, the appearance is more sporty, like an active lion, 308CC pays more attention to Peugeot’s family-style front face, this obvious family logo is also an important part of the brand culture inheritance. This kind of performance, the “V”-shaped shield-like raised front nose line makes the front very plump and powerful, and the design of the inverted trapezoidal front grille also makes the 308CC have an over-area large mouth and a chrome-plated rectangular mesh grille. With the full lines of the head, the 308CC is more sporty.
The huge lion Peugeot is highlighted on the top of the front nose, which is also one of the characteristics of the new generation of Peugeot models. The 308CC has convex headlights that are very similar to the 207CC. The front lines and the obviously widened front fenders are indeed somewhat lion’s majestic and ferocious. This is also another family-style feature of the new generation of Peugeot models, the 308CC Using a stepped combination, high-end models also add xenon headlights, auxiliary lighting for corners, and daytime new car headlights, which greatly increase driving safety compared to the previous generation models.
Peugeot engineers gave the 308CC a tall waistline, which is more obvious in the open-top state, and coupled with the frameless design of the wide door makes the new car 308CC more sports car style. The tail of the 308CC has made Peugeot a lot of thoughts. The high-profile small rear wing is not only beautiful, but also has a rear diffuser at the bottom, which is very sports car-like. The hidden exhaust pipe is an innovative design of the 308CC. It is also worth recommending that the 308CC uses a full-bright taillight, that is, the entire taillight cover can emit a very uniform light, which is very beautiful at night. It is said that Peugeot's engineers have really worked hard for this.
● Extremely fine workmanship and materials, that is, the style design is too mediocre
The interior design is not an advantage for the 308CC, because too much inheritance of the 308 family's interior style makes the interior of this car far less attractive than the exterior. Compared with the beautiful exterior, the interior will give you a lot of psychology. The gap, but the workmanship is still commendable. The sewing process of the exposed thread gives the illusion of hand-made, which improves the grade of the whole interior a lot.
The 308CC is positioned as a sports car. It uses a steering wheel that feels very similar to the GTI. The rough feel is very suitable for male drivers. However, the lack of multi-function shortcut keys makes the little lion on the steering wheel a little lonely, although there is no multi-function Steering wheel, but Peugeot still added a multi-function control lever behind the steering wheel. To be honest, the control lever is still easy to use after a long time, but it is more difficult to get started.
The white instrument panel is simple and clear, and the red pointer is somewhat like a retro sports car. However, thinking that this is the standard equipment of the 308 series, some of the superiority that has just risen is ruthlessly dispelled. The driving display in the middle of the instrument is very good. It is used, and the display content is relatively rich. It should continue to be retained after import. In addition, the front and rear reversing radar on the 308CC is also very easy to use. Both the central display and the instrument display can display the reversing state.
All 308CCs used for editing and driving are equipped with a GPS navigation system. The navigator is on the top of the center console and can be put away when not in use. This design has been used as early as the 307, and the ordinary can no longer be ordinary. Below the LCD screen There are three empty circular air-conditioning central air outlets, and the chrome-plated frame is somewhat sporty. Although this is the same as the 308, the 308CC also relies on the processing of the details, which makes the interior design without any special features. Kind of active breath.
The 308CC central control design has many buttons but is not complicated. The upper and lower parts are separated by the storage compartment in the middle. The upper part is used to control the multimedia entertainment system and navigation, and the lower part is the automatic zone air-conditioning control area. The button feels better, the damping is lighter and clearer, and the resilience is good. The most important position of the convertible open and close button is basically the same as that of the 207CC. It is located between the armrest box and the handbrake. It is worth mentioning that the 308CC convertible opens and closes. The time is only 20 seconds, and the 308CC can also be changed while the vehicle is running, but the vehicle speed must be below 12kM/h.
The seat system is a major feature of the 308CC. The neck air outlet system called “air collar” was first applied to the 308CC. This is a very happy thing for those who like open-top driving, but only abroad. Only equipped with high-end models!
308CC adopts sports seats, whether it is leather or fabric materials, it has a very good wrapping feeling. However, because of the integrated headrest, it is difficult for the head to lean against the headrest when the cervical spine is at a normal physiological bending angle during rest. In addition, the purely manual seat of the 308CC is indeed not in line with the positioning of the vehicle. As a convertible car active roll cage is an indispensable configuration. The 308CC does not use the wilder exposed type like the 207 CC, but The roll cage is hidden in the back seat, that is to say, the back seat is basically useless once it is activated, but it is more important than the back seat to save life. In addition to the hidden roll cage design, the 308CC is also in the front seat for the first time Side airbags have been added to the chair, which has once again been improved in terms of safety.
● Four-seater convertible car without cup holder
The 308CC inherits the space design of the 307 CC and can be regarded as a standard four-seater hard-top convertible car. However, when the hard-top is closed, the rear seats are only suitable for passengers of medium stature and below. We are already pleased that this kind of personality car can accommodate four people smoothly.
As for the storage space of 308CC, it can be described as stingy to the extreme. The whole car only has the storage compartment on the door panel to hold the water bottle. If it is not too troublesome for the central armrest box, you can also put down a small bottle of mineral water to drink Coke. The glove box can also be filled with five bottles of mineral water. In addition, there is an air-conditioning outlet in the glove box, so long-distance driving can drink water that is lower than the room temperature.
However, Peugeot is still sufficient for storing small items such as selling prices or cards. A small compartment is designed on the right side of the steering wheel, which can be used to put the toll card of the highway. In addition, the two storage compartments on the central control can also be used. Put in cigarette cases, bills, cards and other items respectively.
As for the rear, only the small storage compartment under the rear air conditioner can be used. The rear passengers of water bottles are all hand-held, but this may be the limit for a hard-top convertible car. In this regard, we can only say I understand, but I am not satisfied. After all, friends who like Peugeot CC will not care about this, but the design of the trunk is a highlight of 308CC. In the open state, the trunk volume of the 308CC is 226 liters, and it reaches 430 in the car state. Rise.
● Test drive the gentle little lion
This is the second test drive of the imported Peugeot model. The editor has been trying hard to find the experience of the previous test drive during the period of inserting the key to the ignition. Unfortunately, I have not searched for it, so I can see it without any colored glasses. 308CC.
The 308CC is equipped with a 1.6i THP gasoline engine. This engine is the most advanced gasoline engine of Peugeot. This engine has advanced direct injection turbocharging technology, and the maximum torque can reach 240N·m/ 1400-3200rpm, this engine has two adjustments on the 308CC, the maximum power of the manual transmission model is 150 horsepower, and the automatic transmission model is 10 horsepower lower than the manual transmission model.
This engine has a good performance on the data, but in the actual driving process, although the weight of the 308CC is relatively large, the turbo intervention of the supercharged model is usually not experienced on the 308CC, which makes the editor suspicious Whether I drove a supercharged model, I found out after questioning that it was Peugeot’s tuning of the engine specifically to reduce emissions and make the 308CC more environmentally friendly.
The most prominent performance of the 308CC is concentrated on the manual models, and it has a very good performance in terms of acceleration due to the advantages of the gearbox, especially in terms of acceleration, which cannot be replaced by automatic models, and the 6-speed manual transmission has accurate gears. The stroke is not as exaggerated as the domestic 206 and 307. You can experience the “inhalation” when entering the gear. It is very comfortable when switching between high and low gears. It has the style of the Volkswagen MQ series gearbox. The oil separation is also very easy, even if it is Novices will not worry about the clutch, they can feel the feeling of pushing back when accelerating rapidly. Although the 308CC four-speed automatic manual transmission is known as Porsche’s technology, its performance is not essentially different from that of a general four-speed automatic transmission. The power output is average. It feels like the gearbox is eaten up during rapid acceleration and manual downshift. Part of the power, the automatic transmission model has less power than the manual model, and the gearbox response is not fast enough, so that the acceleration of the 308CC feels very long but not passionate. The editor still prefers the manual transmission model.
The steering of the 308CC is very precise, and the head-pointing never goes against the driver's consciousness. The steering wheel has a lighter steering force, the road feel is clear, and the degree of freedom is small, but it feels a bit unreliable at high speeds without the speed steering function. It is worth mentioning that the steering system also has an automatic steering wheel return function. As long as a small return force is applied to the steering wheel after the turn, the steering wheel will automatically return to the center. The force is uniform and tenacious, and it feels very relaxed. The performance is attributed to EPS electronic power steering.
The 308CC suspension adopts the front and rear Macpherson variable form torsion beam rear suspension. Here, the editor has to admire Peugeot’s foundation in the chassis tuning. The 308CC suspension tuning is very tough, the stroke is short, and the general bumps will be good. Filtered out, it is difficult to detect the non-independent suspension at the rear during daily driving. Even in a slightly intense driving, there will be no significant compression in the suspension, but the suspension system at the rear is continuously changing at high speeds. Still a little bit powerless. The braking system is the advantage of the 308CC. The wide tires of the 225 show certain advantages in braking. The pedal force that is loose at the front and tight at the rear is more ergonomically designed. Friends who are used to driving German cars need to adapt.
Generally speaking, the 308CC feels very easy to drive. It may be a bit disappointing for us as a characteristic model of main control except for the appearance and workmanship, but the ease and comfort on the road will make you mistakenly think that you are driving a comfortable family car. There is indeed a deviation from a personalized car that is the main control, but it is very competent as a personalized car.
There is a saying that a nobleman needs more than three generations to develop. This is also true for the automobile manufacturing industry, especially for Peugeot’s CC models. The technical barriers of hard-top convertible cars have long been broken, but European hard-top convertible cars have long been broken. The market is still monopolized by Peugeot. From this point alone, we can see that Peugeot relies on its unique design and manufacturing concepts to accumulate culture on hard-top convertibles, as well as European consumers’ loyalty to the brand. The import of 308CC this time It is Peugeot's fourth hard-top convertible after the 206CC, 307CC and 207CC.
It does not have the radical power of GTI, the luxurious configuration of the Crown, and the squandering space of A4L. However, the 308CC has a unique personality design and decades of accumulation of cultural technology on the hardtop convertible. Living in the hearts of some consumers, this is the culture of Peugeot CC models. Do you want to integrate into it? Then go try it! (Graphic/Car Home He Kuan)