Family Hauler – 2015 Peugeot 301
In an attempt to reach new markets and broaden their offering, Peugeot revealed a rather pleasing, but affordable compact sedan called the 301. Developed by the PSA group, the same car also carries the name of Citroen C-Elysee and despite the badge on the bonnet and some naming options, there basically isn’t any difference between the two.
The car was created with developing markets in mind. It was envisioned as a vehicle with a large boot, roomy cabin, high ground clearance, somewhat sophisticated looks and cheap fuel efficient engines. The result is a 4.44-meter long sedan with the biggest rear legroom in the segment, boot volume of amazing 640 liters and full equipment package including ESP, ABS, four airbags, EBA, modern radio/cd/mp3 player and much more. True, the car is based on B-segment chassis and platform, thus offering a bit less high-end equipment than what we would expect from cars such as the Volkswagen Jetta or the Toyota Corolla.
Nevertheless, for what is was created, the 2015 Peugeot 301 is a perfect match – it is cheap, it has diesel as an option and, most importantly, it offers plenty of usable space for five on board.
As expected, Peugeot did offer the 301 with smaller engines. Interestingly enough, for some markets even the smallest 1.2 liters naturally aspirated engine is available. It churns out only 72 hp to the front wheels and it is available with piloted or manual gearbox. The other, more powerful one, is the 1.6-liter petrol engine along with the well-known 1.6-liter HDi engine.
Diesel is undoubtedly the best engine for the car. It has a maximum power of 92hp, but far more important for is the torque. 230Nm available as low as 1.750rpm give the 301 enough grunt to cope with anything thrown in the massive boot. On the other hand, the diesel will use only 4.1 l of fuel per 100 kilometers which are far better than anything a four cylinder petrol engine can do. Furthermore, the 301 with this engine is rated at 108 g/kilometer.
The 2015 Peugeot 301 is perfectly suitable for developing markets, even the equipment levels correspond with the low-end character of the 301. What we have here is a car which can be equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, aluminum decorations on the inside, lacquered front spoiler, special floor mats and the like.
As for other equipment, the 2015 Peugeot 301 can be rigged with a tow bar, roof rails, various additions for carrying bikes, etc. Obviously, this is a car designed and built to provide families with cheap, affordable, comfortable and classy transportation. Peugeot did its part by making it elegant, but rather robust at the same time.