307 SX HDi
dates : 24th April 2005
30th April 2005
|At a price of
R195 000, the diesel Peugeot 307 is not pitching for the premium
But it is one of the most technologically advanced and
highly specified cars in its class. Exceptional standards
of safety and security combined with class-leading levels
of space and equipment.
The "Tiptronic - Porsche system" mode, with
sequential controls, is technology generally reserved for
upmarket vehicles. The driver changes up and down gears by
hand without effort, and with flexibility, accuracy and
speed. This gearbox can also be used in automatic mode. In
this case it adapts to the driving style and the
conditions of use and of .
High-pressure Direct Injection (HDI) technology is a power
system controlled electronically in which the fuel is
injected directly into the engine under high pressure.
This technique allows precise dosing in terms of
quantities and times, and thus more uniform and efficient
combustion. Compared to a diesel engine of the previous
generation, an HDI engine provides improved driving
comfort and reduces consumption, pollution, combustion
noises and vibrations.
ABS stops wheels blocking during sustained braking and
thus optimises braking distances. It allows steering
control to be maintained and gives excellent vehicle
stability even in the most dangerous situations.
Emergency braking assistance is a mechanical system
complementary to ABS. During emergency braking, when the
driver rapidly presses the brake pedal, this mechanical
system amplifies the braking pressure.
A multiplexed network contains a single circuit linking
all the components, reducing the number of connections and
The single communication line is shared by the various
items of equipment through digital encoding of information
series transmission of it, and use of line occupation
The "Follow Me Home" function, combined with the
automatic lighting system, keeps the headlights lit for 45
seconds after the ignition is switched off. This provides
external lighting on leaving the vehicle, in order to open
a garage door, for example. This function is, of course,
deactivated if the vehicle is locked.
In the event of fast deceleration (sustained braking), the
vehicle automatically activates its hazard lights, thus
enabling the driver to concentrate on the road. The lights
remain lit until the driver accelerates again.
The front airbags, driver (in steering wheel) and
passenger (in the indicator panel), provide optimum
protection in the event of impact. The pressure and speed
of inflation of the airbags are optimised. Depending on
the size of the impact, one or two generators can be
activated. The front airbag on the passenger side may be
neutralised, in order to install a back-facing child seat.
The side airbags incorporated in the armouring of the
front seats, optimise protection of the driver's and front
passenger's thoraxes in the event of lateral impact. The
"curtain" airbags are located above the side
windows and are coupled to the side airbags. They expand
along the windows to protect the heads of the front and
A mechanism incorporated in the backs of the front seats
prevents risks of cervical lesions to the driver and front
passenger in the event of a rear impact.
On impact the system is activated by the pressure of the
passenger's back on the seat back. The headrest
accompanies the movement of the neck and prevents the
heads of the driver and passenger being thrown back
It has a comprehensive list of luxury features such as
electric windows, rain-sensing wipers and a quality audio
The small-capacity turbo-diesel engine provides good power
without being a rocket ship.
It has minimal turbo lag, but runs out of steam after 4000 revs.
The narrow diesel power-band means thereís plenty of
gear-changing to be done.
Perhaps the 307ís greatest strength is its ease of
operation. Itís an undemanding car in all situations,
and Hendrik came away really impressed.
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