The Peugeot 308 range has been updated for 2017 with cleaner engines, new technology and additional safety features.
On sale now, the latest version of Peugeot’s Ford Focus-rivalling family hatchback now comes with a range of Euro 6-compliant engines, starting with an updated version of its 1.2-litre three-cylinder Puretech petrol unit. The more powerful version of the 1.2-litre, the Puretech 130, has been given a more effective catalytic converter and passive-regeneration particle filter system.
The 308 also gains a new 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 diesel engine that uses the same piston geometry of the diesel 908 HDi FAP that won Le Mans in 2009. The four-cylinder gains a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system to cut emissions. Like the aforementioned engines, it comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
The most potent diesel is the 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180, which comes with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The only model above this in the range is the 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport (pictured above), which retains its 266bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.0sec.
Other key upgrades fall into its extended driver assistance systems list. The 308 gains intelligent speed limit recognition, adaptive cruise control that can bring the car to a stop, as well as an active blind spot monitoring system. City Park, an automatic park assist system, has also been added.
Inside, Peugeot has also given its 308 a new infotainment system, displayed on a 9.7in capacitive touchscreen. This can also be used to control functions including the dual-zone climate control and connected sat-nav. The infotainment also gains Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink smartphone mirroring.
Peugeot has also applied minor aesthetic tweaks to the 308's exterior and interior, with a sharper looking front end on the outside and more premium materials inside.
The updated 308 is priced from £16,535, undercutting the Focus by £3100. The 308 SW estate (pictured above) costs from £18,895, while the 308 GTi hot hatch costs from £29,405. First deliveries are due this September.