2002 Peugeot 307 XSE 2.0


Great handling and style at a competitive price


Seat Belt buckle cover broke after 2500km.

Occasionally car doesn't start first time. This usually happens when you don't rev the engine.

No other problems as yet.

General Comments:

II must say that I love this car. It handles great and grips the road like nothing I have driven before. The ride is nice and firm, unlike Japanese cars, which are everywhere here in Australia.

The one criticism I do have that the performance from the automatic transmission is not quite up there with the handling. Being able to change the gears yourself using the Tiptronic system helps, as you can get the revs up which does make the car zip along quite nicely.

There is no Cruise Control on the Aussie models, which is a bit of a pain.

The interior is modern and good looking, but the quality of the trim is probably only average. I can see it will probably wear quite badly. After thing of note is that this car isn't that great on fuel, even when you aren't hammering it, it'll still use about 12.0L per 100km.

Still I am happy with my purchase. There aren't many on the roads here in Perth, which makes it an even better buy, as I like something a little different.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2002

6th Oct 2002, 00:59

I would get your fuel consumption checked as I am getting on average around 8.0 L/100km. I have the 1.6 XS. That is a combination of city and hilly country driving. I am thrilled with my car also. Without a doubt, the best value car in its range.

18th Oct 2002, 01:05

Thanks, I will do that when I take it back in to the dealer. I have the auto 2.0L XSE, which is should be worse in fuel than the 1.6 XS.

Also, the car has a couple of times stalled, which an automatic shouldn't do. I think this might be because of the low grade (95 ron) fuel I had put in it. Usually I put in 98 ron (BP ultimate 98).

On the whole through, this car is great!



5th Nov 2002, 09:54

Cruise control is available as a $695 option in Australia. I heard that it would become a standard feature by December 2002.

I am thinking of purchasing a XSE with leather trim, sunroof and sports exhaust. Does the 307 have cold start problems? I suppose the minimum RON rating required is 95?

9th Dec 2002, 02:00

You need to put 95 Ron in the 307 at least, BP ultimate 98 is even better. Twice lately the car didn't start, and this was in 30C heat...

Took the car back to the dealer to get the fuel problem looked at, and they couldn't find a problem... not happy about that.. They did try a few things, but if it doesn't get better, the car will be back there in a few weeks. the dealer is pretty good, we get a 206 to drive around for no cost while it's there.

2002 Peugeot 307 XSE 2.0


Overall a great car; not surprised it won Europen Car of the Year


Rattle in dash near radio fixed by dealer.

Fuel economy is an issue. Haven't been able to get more than 12L/100 km in city driving, although dealer expects this to improve.

General Comments:

The car is deceptively roomy. It is wider than you imagine. In fact, much to my suprise, it turned out to be wider than my previous car, a 1998 Mazda 626.

This is a great car, with lots of features e.g. auto lights, wipers, 5 CD sound system with auto volume, air-conditioned glove box, ABS,Alloy wheels etc etc.

The car has excellent handling and acceleration. The ride is slightly firm in city conditions. Noise levels, both road noise and wind noise, are exceptionally low, with allows very relaxed highway driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2002