Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Solid All-Rounder That's Easy to Drive; Get around Town: The ... Hdi . . Has Good Body Control and Parking Is Simple

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Solid All-Rounder That's Easy to Drive; Get around Town: The ... Hdi . . Has Good Body Control and Parking Is Simple

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Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS

YOU could almost hear the sighs of relief whenas Boris was electedfamilies forced to rely on fuel-hungry people-carriers realised that theywouldn't get clobbered with that mean [pounds sterling]25 congestion-charge levy after all.

But there are still plenty of reasons to downsize, not least thanks toimminent, swingeing changes in vehicle excise duty and runaway fuel costs..

With a claimed "combined" fuel consumption figure of 62.7mpg, Peugeot's willing308 HDi90 is worth a close look.

Even around town the fuel consumption is claimed to be a healthy 48.6mpg,which, considering the size of the car, is not half bad. While allmanufacturers' fuel figures are over-optimistic, it gives you a good idea ofthe frugality of this family hatchback.

On the road its strengths are the refinement of that 1.6-litre diesel, thatfeeling of space inside and the generous equipment levels.

The 308 S test car, costing [pounds sterling]15,195, had air-con, front fog lights, CD player,electric front windows, a trip computer as well as front, side and curtainairbags and ABS. …

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