Peugeot refreshes 308

Peugeot 308
DESPITE its European Car of the Year honours in 2014, Peugeot's 308 is probably one of the more underrated contenders in the family car market, its undoubted talents overshadowed by its showier and newer 3008 and 5008 SUV siblings, writes William Scholes.

Nonetheless, the French firm has given the 308 hatchback and estate a mild refresh. It's pretty low-key stuff - we're in the realms of new alloy wheel designs and the arrival of a new 'vertigo blue' paint colour.

You can also specify a 'black pack' to replace the exterior chrome trim with gloss black items.

The adoption of the 'i-Cockpit' - a digital dashboard screen, essentially - from the latest 208 and 2008 models is noteworthy. There's a new infotainment screen, too, and you will find Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on board.

Safety and driver assistance kit includes adaptive cruise control with - on cars with an automatic gearbox - stop and go function, 180-degree rear view camera, park assist, lane departure warning, speed sign recognition and blind spot monitoring.

Peugeot's excellent 1.2-litre 'PureTech' petrol engine is offered in 109bhp and 128bhp tunes. Diesel duties are covered by a 1.5-litre with either 99bhp or 128bhp.

A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, though the more powerful petrol and diesel engines can also be had with an eight-speed automatic.

The 308 GTi hot hatch model has a 259bhp 1.6-litre unit with 251lb.ft.

Peugeot 308

Peugeot 308

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