The Peugeot 307 is a rather nifty and friendly looking hatchback, designed to bring an element of style and compact elegance to the average family.
It answers questions that most people ask when buying cars, especially for the jam packed cities with little to no parking spaces or traffic jam problems.
Being a compact hatchback, the nifty little 307 can fit into small parking spaces, maneuver properly in intense traffic and still provide all the leg room, head room, and boot capacity that an average family needs in order to make it a comfortable experience.
The 307 has some rather strong roots in automotive history. Peugeot paid special attention to it and it is because of that special attention that its popularity grew significantly while it was on the market.
It was in production between 2001 – 2008 in France, 2004 – 2011 in Argentina and 2001 – present in China.
In 2005, the 307 received a facelift in order to keep up with the trends in automotive design while keeping the base features and comfort of the 307 unchanged.
It became so popular that even the French police are still using it today.
The 307 is a rather nifty compact little hatchback however it is powerful nonetheless and capable of far more things that other similar hatchbacks are.
It comes with 5 engine choices:
1.4 liter petrol I4
1.6 liter petrol I4
1.6 liter diesel I4
2.0 liter petrol I4
2.0 liter diesel I4
The wheelbase is 102.8 inches in the cabriolet version and 106.7 inches in the sedan and wagon versions.
Safety and Security
Despite its size, the Peugeot 307 is a rather safe and sturdy little beast. It scored some of the highest points on crash tests and is only rivaled by the Renault Clio. The basic principal on which it was built dictates the level of initial safety that the 307 rolls on.
The owner is given a choice of added safety features besides the sturdy chassis, the frontal airbags, the improved shock absorbing padding and the generous crumple zones.
Space and Comfort
There has been a lot of debate around this subject surrounding the 307 and some rather interesting issues have arisen.
It can indeed provide adequate seating and interior space for the driver and 3 other passengers. However, when it comes to the size of the boot, it is a bit of a tight fit especially when talking about luggage required for an extensive vacation.
What it does provide however is just enough space for one of those quick getaways that you think about on the spot. Basically going on instinct without a plan or care in the world, leaving Friday night and returning Sunday evening, a bit of a breather and a fun weekend.
Quality and value
The 307 was built with quality in mind in order to make it accessible to the masses. It is indeed a car built for the average man and woman and it comes as no surprise that everything about it is rather cost effective.
Maintenance is low cost, replacement parts are cheap and the car itself comes at a reasonable price.
Despite its size, the 407 is extremely practical especially in an urban environment. It can negotiate traffic jams better, it can fit into small parking spaces and with the added bonus of low cost maintenance, it helps the owner save money rather than spend it.
The cabriolet version is built for fun and relaxation not to mention those drives along the coastline that we all crave for every now and again.