New 308

The New PEUGEOT 308 is better than ever.

The New 308 is a family car that gains as much of its appeal from being practical as it does from being stylish inside and out. It’s a left-field choice against established rivals like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, but it deserves to be in the discussion with the best in the business.



Interior Design

Because style is high on the agenda with this car, when you look inside it’s clear that PEUGEOT was keen to give the car an almost futuristic design despite its more humble pricing. There’s a lot of design going on but it manages not to look too fussy, particularly thanks to the fact the infotainment screen controls most of the cabin’s features, which removes button clutter.

It’s functional too, though, with high-quality materials that feel well put together, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice build quality for style. It has a massive boot too, making it extra practical, but that does squeeze the rear seats somewhat, meaning they’re far from class-leading.

​Exterior Design

PEUGEOT has been on a roll in recent years with its styling, and that is true of the New 308. While many rivals have gone for dull, safe designs that will appeal to the masses, PEUGEOT has kept things interesting for its family hatchback.

It’s a smart, chic design that’s full of character without being over-designed. There are some decent touches such as the angled headlights with a slot cut out of them, while the swooping lower grille adds a premium touch. The rear is less interesting, but it still has a smart and sophisticated appearance.

Technology

​The PEUGEOT New 308 comes with a good amount of technology, with the infotainment screen dominating proceedings in the cabin. It’s clear and easy to use, and houses many of the controls that are usually used through physical buttons. Once you learn where these are in the menu, changing things is quick and easy, while the new capacitive touch feels suitably premium.

Other technology includes adaptive cruise control, speed limit recognition, and a smart park assistant all work together to make driving a breeze. There’s also a connected TomTom navigation system that updates with real-time traffic.

Performance

There is a range of petrol and diesel engines to choose from, with each focusing on being efficient with low running costs. There’s a 1.2-litre petrol engine with a choice of 110 or 130bhp, and a 1.5-litre diesel with 100 or 130bhp. A six-speed manual is available on all outputs and an eight-speed automatic on the more powerful of each.

Then there’s the New 308 GTI model, which is a hot hatch version. It has a 1.6-litre petrol engine that makes 263bhp and 340Nm of torque, offering one of the best power-to-weight ratios in the segment.

Trim Levels for the New PEUGEOT 308

The new 308 has just been revealed, and as such PEUGEOT has not revealed the specifications that will be available in the UK. While the names of the trim levels might change, we can take a look at the previous model’s trims to get an idea of the equipment on offer.

Active:

Despite being the entry-level trim, the Active model still gets the full 9.7-inch infotainment system with the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit instrument binnacle. It also gets a connected 3D navigation system and can be connected to your smartphone through MirrorLink. Other equipment includes automatic dual-zone climate control and rear parking sensors.​

Allure:

Step up to the Allure and equipment levels quickly improve, with a panoramic glass roof and 17-inch alloy wheels being the key design upgrades. Other improvements include an electric parking brake, electric folding door mirrors and front parking sensors.

GT Line:

​If the sportier GT and GTI models seems a bit too serious, the GT Line provides all of the looks but with a more economy-focused and comfortable driving experience. It gets a GT body kit, full LED headlights, and PEUGEOT Connect SOS and Assistance.

​GT:

The GT model sits between the sporty-looking GT and the full hot hatch GTI version. It gets lowered sports suspension, sports front brakes, an Alcantara and leather seat upholstery and keyless entry and go.

GTI 260 by PEUGEOT Sport:

If you want the full hot hatch experience, this GTI model is the one to go for. On top of the 263bhp engine, it gets 19-inch alloy wheels, a limited-slip differential, red brake callipers, twin-exit exhaust system, black rear diffuser and GTI bucket seats.

Tech Edition:

As the name suggests, the Tech Edition provides an impressive technology upgrade. This includes a safety-focused Drive Assist Pack with Driver Attention Alert, Active Lane Keeping Assistance and City Park with a colour reversing camera. The 17-inch alloy wheels are also upgraded to a diamond-cut design.



New 2021 PEUGEOT 308

Peugeot has been on a mission to revamp its entire line-up. We’ve already seen the 208 arrive as a sharp and sleek supermini, while changes to the 3008 recently finessed its already handsome good looks. Now, it’s the turn of the ever-popular 308.

But this isn’t any old facelift. No, this is a comprehensive remodelling of the firm’s core hatchback, bringing a totally new look while marking the first outing for the brand’s new logo. Let’s see what else it has to offer. 

Interior

The new 308 sits on a wheelbase which is 55mm longer than its predecessor, which means that it’s able to offer more in the way of interior space than before. It’s a far less button-heavy place to be than before, too, with Peugeot leaning more on screens and displays instead. 

Peugeot has also remodelled the car’s dashboard to offer more space for those sitting in the front, and though the boot has fallen in capacity from 470 to 412 litres, Peugeot says that the car is able to offer more rear-seat space than before as a result. 

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Exterior

The exterior of the 308 has undergone a huge transformation. Thanks to sitting 20mm lower than the car it replaces it looks more hunkered-down than before, while the front end of the car incorporates eye-catching ‘claw’ headlights similar to those that we’ve already seen on the 508 saloon. 

This is also the first time that Peugeot’s new logo has been used on a production vehicle and it sits in pride of place on the bonnet. It’s backed by an intricate grille and framed by sharp LED headlights. 

Technology

Peugeot has given a significant boost to the 308’s on-board technology levels, with a new 10-inch instrument cluster replacing the conventional dials. It’s easily configurable too and can be used to showcase all manner of readouts and displays. 

This is backed by a second 10-inch display which houses all of the key media and navigation functions. It’s standard across the range, too, which means that no matter what specification you opt for you’ll be able to take advantage of the high-end display. 

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Trim levels

Though Peugeot has yet to announce trim levels for the 308, we expect them to follow in a similar fashion to the rest of the range. It would mean Allure, GT and GT Premium grades made available, with both GT specifications bringing sporty, more dynamic styling touches. However, full information about the trims available for the 308 is expected to be revealed closer to the cars arriving in showrooms before the end of the year.

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