Peugeot has refreshed its Golf-rivalling 308 by making it more connected and safer than before.
Available as a regular hatchback, SW estate or GTI hot hatch, the updated 308 will boast a 9.7-inch touchscreen as standard when it arrives in showrooms this September.
This all-encompassing touchscreen system contains controls for everything from the stereo and dual-zone climate control to the 3D sat-nav function. It also incorporates Mirror Screen, which enables seamless smartphone integration, allowing the driver to safely access their phone’s functions without diverting their attention away from the road.
Hatch and SW 308s will benefit from the driving aids that debuted in the 3008 SUV, such as intelligent speed limit recognition, adaptive cruise control, an active blind spot monitoring system and a smart park assist system.
The 308’s three-cylinder PureTech petrol engine has been upgraded and will now be available linked to a new six-speed manual gearbox for better fuel economy.
PSA Group’s new four-pot 1.5-litre BlueHDi 128bhp diesel engine will also be offered in the 308, as will a new eight-speed auto paired to the existing two-litre 180 diesel. The GTI’s six-second 0-62mph sprint is unaffected.
Inside, the 308’s dinky steering wheel remains a unique feature in the C-segment, while Allure, GT Line and GT models get a panoramic fixed cielo glass roof.
The only notable exterior changes concern reshaped bumpers and headlights to echo the look of the 3008.
Peugeot UK MD David Peel said these tweaks make the 308 “more competitive than ever”.
He commented: “The new car adds to an already impressive technology offering, while new styling and interior options bolster the car’s kerbside appeal and bring it in line with the new Peugeot SUV family.
“[Our] commitment to developing class-leading engine technology is also highlighted by the presence of the new versions of the award-winning PureTech and BlueHDi engines. The blend of performance and economy finishes a unique package for the keen driver.”
Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: “Peugeot already had a fantastic car on their hands with the 308 and this mid-life refresh should keep it the hatch in the minds of families and fleet buyers alike.”
Posted on 2nd June 2017
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