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Peugeot ups ante with all-new 308

Peugeot ups ante with all-new 308

Following sharp criticism over its styling and somewhat bloated proportions compared to its 307 predecessor, Peugeot has now introduced its second generation 308 hatch to South Africa, with the French firm calling it its most advanced model to date.

Based on the marque’s Efficient Modular Platform (EMP2), which made its local debut in the form of the Citroen C4 Picasso, the new 308 does away with its predecessor’s much lamented “gaping mouth” front grille in favour of a more conservative yet sleeker front appearance with daytime-running lights now standard.

At the rear, the somewhat ungainly looking design of the previous 308 has made way for a flatter more compact appearance with styling cues borrowed from the Mercedes A-class and even the Kia Cerato. Rear tailight clusters now cuts into the shoulder line as with the smaller 208, while the option of 16-or 17-inch alloy wheels gives it a sportier look than before.

Inside, the 308 continues to draw inspiration from its smaller sibling with a 9.7-inch touchscreen display replacing the usual array of buttons and sound system on centre hangdown section while a leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel is standard across the range.

Under the bonnet, Peugeot has done away with the previous normally aspirated petrol and turbodiesel engines in favour of the same 1.2-litre three cylinder PureTech petrol used in the 208, but with the addition of a turbocharger, and in two states of tune.

Initially available in two the models, the base Active produces 81 kW and 205 N.m of torque with a five-speed manual gearbox sending power to the front wheels. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 4.6 L/100 km with emissions coming under the 120 g/km threshold at 105 g/km.

Topping-off the range, the GT-Line produces 96 kW and 230 N.m of torque with drive remaining unchanged but delivered via a six-speed manual box. Peugeot claims a combined fuel consumption of 4.8 L/100 km and emissions of 110 g/km.

Specification is substantial with both models featuring bumper mounted front foglights, electric windows all around, six speaker sound system with USB and Bluetooth, colour coded electric mirrors, cruise control, Hill Start Assist, ABS with EBD, EBA and ESP, four airbags and auto lock/unlock doors.

In addition, the GT-Line adds, electric folding mirrors, auto on/off headlights with full LED’s, curtain airbags, rain sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, two-zone climate control and half-leather electric message front seats with red stitching.

A three year / 100 000 km warranty and five year / 60 000 km service plan is standard on both models.



1.2 e-THP 110 Active81 kW / 205 N.mR275 900
1.2 e-THP 130 GT-Line96 kW / 230 N.mR329 900


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