Peugeot’s 308 has been a mainstay in the French firm’s range of cars for many years, bringing affordable yet fun motoring to all manner of people. Now, it has been completely revamped to deliver a whole new look, a striking new interior and a range of new engines.
This regular hatchback has taken a real lift upmarket, then. But what else do you need to know about it? Let’s take a look.
It debuts a whole new look
We’ve already seen Peugeot taking a striking new direction with the styling of some of its most recent cars like the 508 and 3008, which means that it comes as little surprise that the new 308 looks very good indeed.
You’ve got the striking LED running lights at either side of the new-look grille, while the 308 arrives as one of the first Peugeot models to wear the firm’s new badge.
There’s an estate version available
For those after a more practical version of the 308, there’s an estate - or SW - version available. To our eyes, this model looks even more stylish than the regular hatchback, but brings additional storage and a larger boot.
In fact, you get 608 litres of storage space with the rear seats in place and this rises to 1,634 litres when you fold the rear seats down.
You can opt for plug-in hybrid powertrains
Peugeot is a company that is ramping up its electrification process and, as a result, you can get the 308 with an efficient plug-in hybrid setup. It combines a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol with an electric motor and batteries and is available with outputs of either 177 or 221bhp.
But the real benefit is the setup’s ability to deliver up to 39 miles of electric-only range as well as CO2 emissions of just 25g/km.
There’s plenty of equipment included as standard
The 308 has always had a great focus on value-for-money and this doesn’t appear to have changed for the latest version. Because of this, you get loads of standard equipment, including LED headlights and 16-inch wheels.
You’ll also find Peugeot’s clever i-Cockpit setup included as standard, which gives the cabin a particularly futuristic feel.
A wide range of trim levels are available
Peugeot has introduced the 308 with a wide-ranging series of trim levels, ensuring that there’s an option for every buyer and every budget. As we’ve already mentioned, all cars get plenty of standard equipment, but with five different trim levels - Active Premium, Allure, Allure Premium, GT and GT Premium - it’s not hard to gain more features should you want to.
Top-of-the-range models benefit from 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels and a premium sound system, for instance.
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