Peugeot, like a lot of major car makers, says it will provide fewer cars to daily fleets in order to aid residuals. We’ll see how that goes.

A below-average residual value forecast from market experts so far suggests that the used market is unconvinced by the 308. Predictably, the Golf rules the roost here.

Nic Cackett

Road tester
It's a good car but the Peugeot – and many of its rivals – cannot match the all-round appeal and quality of the Volkswagen Golf

Only a fool strays higher than Allure spec; the cruise control, 18in wheels and panoramic roof of Feline trim are best avoided. Lower-middle Active trim is best. Spend extra on metallic paint and front fogs.

Opt for the 1.6-litre e-HDi and you'll average around 50mpg, which should please most buyers. In fact, most of the Peugeot's engines should prove frugal both in terms of consumption and road tax.

Reliability should prove good too, as the vast majority of components used are tried and tested, and the general standard of build quality feels of a high standard.

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