As with the hatch, the 308 CC is roomier and better finished than its predecessors, without being outstanding in either regard. A decent dashboard moulding, attractive instruments and splashes of chrome and aluminium make for an inviting cabin, especially if it’s leather trimmed. And the Integral leather option, which extends classy double-stitched hide to the fascia, lifts the Peugeot's cabin surprisingly close to premium grade.
The Peugeot’s lid lifts and folds in a claimed 20 seconds (we timed it at 22sec) and can be operated at speeds of up to 7.5mph. A pair of head ’bags incorporated into the front seats, along with the side ’bags, are an engineering first.
Room up front is generous, but in the rear legroom for adults is tight, while most will find insufficient head room beneath a rear screen that exposes heads to the sun. Comfort is also compromised by the rear armrests, whose height forces your elbow upwards, causing your torso to twist slightly.
Space for the paraphernalia of travel is adequate up front, with decent door bins, a lidded cubby and a sizeable rubber-floored centre console shelf, but the glovebox is a lot smaller than its lid implies and there are no storage options for rear-seat occupants. The boot is one of the least small among the coupé-cabriolet class, although its roof-down capacity of 226 litres is hardly large. Roof up, there’s 403 litres of space – enough for a holiday if you pack light.