Updated Peugeot 308 gets new safety tech

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Peugeot's design team have changed the lighting signature in the front, and the bumper was modified.

Diesels include a new 1.5-litre 129bhp unit, while a more potent 179bhp variant is available on GT-Line trim and above, with the option of a new eight-speed automatic gearbox. And with its short front and rear overhangs the new PEUGEOT 308 keeps its reputation for excellent manoeuvrability.

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David Peel, Peugeot UK managing director, said: "The new 308 offers the complete package for vehicle buyers, fusing eye-catching styling, the latest in-car connectivity and up-to-the-minute powertrains". Unfortunately, the cabin doesn't get the new i-Cockpit from the 3008 and 5008 crossovers, so buyers still get the first generation - there's Mirror Screen technology, used to duplicate a smartphone's screen onto the infotainment's display. The updated family hatchback will be available in showrooms from September. There's also a TomTom navigation system with 3D graphics and real-time traffic monitoring service (where available).

Under the bonnet, the 308's three-cylinder petrol engine has been tweaked, and the firm claims it'll be more efficient and emit less CO2, though revised figures have not yet been revealed.

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Customers can choose from a range of petrol and diesel engines. High-precision injection control on the PureTech 130 S&S engine enhances combustion efficiency, and exhaust gases go through a catalytic converter then a passive-regeneration gasoline particle filter.

The redesigned model received a new active safety systems and advanced engines. Combustion efficiency is improved by a patented combustion chamber design, the efficacy of which was amply proven under competition conditions in the 24-hour Le Mans event.

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The new PEUGEOT 308 and PEUGEOT 308 SW are made at the Sochaux plant in France.

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