The Peugeot 307 HDI is a European family car that offers large amounts of space for storing groceries, luggage and children's paraphenelia. The car was never released in the U.S. but had a strong following in Europe where its production ran from 2001 to 2007. It was available in many body types including a hatchback, an estate, a coupé-cabrio and the SW estate spec -- compact MPV.
The 307 HDi in hatchback form is 59 inches in height, 69 inches in width and 165 inches in length. The wheelbase measures 103 inches and the car can hold 16 gallons of fuel. It has a curb weight of 1243 Kilogram. The estate version is 61 inches in height, 69 inches in width and 174 inches in length. The SW version is 69 inches in width, 61 inches in height and 174 inches in length. The coupé-cabrio version is 69 inches in width, 57 inches in height and 171 inches in length.
When the car was introduced, the diesel version featured a 2.0-litre engine. In 2006, Peugeot replaced this with a more efficient aluminium 16-valve 1.6-litre engine which had more torque than the 2.0-litre version. Another advantage was a drop in noise levels inside the cabin plus improved fuel economy and emissions. Driving in urban environments such as cities saw figures of 46.3 miles per gallon for the hatchback, 45.6mpg for the estate and 44.8mpg for the SW. Highway driving returned figures of 66.7mpg for the hatchback, 64.2mpg for the estate and 62.8mpg for the SW. Acceleration ranged from 12.5 seconds to get from 0 to 60 in hatchback form up to 13.3 seconds for the SW version.
The 307 HDi was available in many different trim levels such as E, S and SE trims. All models, though, received anti-brake steering, remote locking, power-assisted steering, shopping hooks and a trip computer. Safety features included six airbags including front and rear curtain bags included.
If you're looking for a 307 alternative in the U.S., critics recommend either the Volkswagen Golf or the Mazda 3. Both are family cars and should prove to be more fun on back roads if you are a driving enthusiast as well as a parent.