“Peugeot has been getting a lot of press in recent months for their new and improved 2008 and All-New 3008 SUV models. While these are important, the French manufacturer has always been known for its hatchbacks and so, four years after launch, the second-generation 308 has had a visit from the update fairy,” writes Matt Allan for iNews.
“A new bonnet, grille, bumper and reshaped headlights give it a pointier end and at the rear the hatchback’s triple slash “three-claw” tail lights are permanently lit to give it a distinctive rear profile.”
“Three new, or revised, engines are coming when the 308 hits showrooms in September. The 130hp 1.2-litre petrol has been reworked to make it cleaner and more efficient, and there are two new diesels – a 1.5-litre 130hp unit to replace the current 1.6-litre and a 2.0-litre 180hp in GT trim only.”
The 308 “succeeds where many modern cars fail in blending a pliant, smooth ride with excellent body control and decent levels of grip. Steering through the tiny, chunky wheel is ideally weighted and nicely natural-feeling.” Overall, whilst facing strong competition, “there’s plenty about the smooth-riding, well-equipped Peugeot to recommend it as a genuine alternative.”
(Link: iNews, 30 June)