Updated hatchback range also gets driver assistance systems from the 3008 and new infotainment

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.

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