As you would expect of a car released after two million miles of testing (that’s 80 times around the Earth) and the filing of 116 patents, the Peugeot 308 is bursting with high tech. That’s immediately apparent when you sit in the driver’s seat. But what do Peugeot mean when they refer to the Peugeot i-Cockpit®? Here’s a handy guide:
Head up instrument panel
When you’re totally focused on the road ahead it’s important to have the key information directly in your line of sight. Peugeot’s head up instrument panel is positioned above the compact sports steering wheel of the 308, so it is safer to use than the conventional instrument display as the dials are positioned closer to the road, which has to be looked at through the steering wheel.
Compact steering wheel
When it comes to steering wheels, small is sporty. A small-diameter wheel (the Peugeot 308’s is 351mm wide and 329mm tall) provides heightened responses while cornering and better visibility of the key instruments. It also means far less effort when you’re making wheel-winding manoeuvres in town, such as three-point turns or navigating car parks.
9.7 inch colour touch screen
On the principle that the best and safest control panel is one you can use instinctively, it makes sense to adopt the touch-screen technology that everyone has on their smartphones. The Peugeot 308’s touch screen, which is standard from Active level upwards, is a bold 9.7 inches across and angled towards the driver for ease of use. Climate control, satellite navigation, stereo and other key features of the car are accessible through its simple shortcut buttons.
Raised centre console
A cockpit is all about focusing the driver’s attention on the thrill of driving. Buttons and dials distract from this, so Peugeot have cleared away the clutter to ensure that the space beneath the 9.7-inch touch screen is clean and simple with just a few essential functions.
So there you have it. These four innovations make up the Peugeot i-Cockpit – yet, depending on the level of specification, even more impressive technology is available. This includes:
Blind spot monitoring to alert the driver to vehicles that can’t be seen, for example overtaking motorbikes. (Optional on Allure, GT Line and GT)
City Park, which can detect a right-sized parking space and then automatically operate the steering to fit the 308 into it. (Optional on Allure, GT Line and GT)
Colour reversing camera, whereby the view from behind the 308 can be seen on the touchscreen, reducing the risk of collision with bollards, parked cars and so on. (Optional on Allure, standard on GT Line, GT and GTi models)
Driver assistance pack including dynamic cruise control, an intelligent system that can use engine braking to maintain a set distance between the 308 and the car in front, as well as emergency collision alert and emergency collision braking. (Optional on Allure and GT Line, standard on GT)
Driver sport pack to make the engine and gearbox more responsive to the throttle and the power steering sharper and sportier. This also changes the instrument panel colour to red and amplifies the engine note through speakers. (Optional on Allure and GT Line, standard on GT and GTi)
Electric parking brake which automatically applies once ignition is switched off and performs an automatic hill hold. It also saves interior space. (Optional on Active, standard on Allure onwards)