The new-look Peugeot 308 hatchback and the more spacious 308 SW estate are available to order on the UK with prices starting at £24,000 and £25,200 respectively.
Available for the first time with plug-in hybrid powertrains, as well as more conventional petrol and diesel engines, the 308 is distinguished by its bold new exterior design and its completely refreshed cabin. It’s also the first of Peugeot’s range to be graced with the new logo - the lion motif inside a shield on the nose and tail of the car.
Customers in the UK are offered a choice of five trim levels, with the £24,000 Active Premium representing the entry-level option. For an extra £1,850, customers can upgrade to the Allure, while opting for mid-range Allure Premium takes the price to £26,750. Above those two trims, there’s the £28,650 GT model or the top-of-the-range GT Premium version, which comes in at £30,250.
The basic 1.2-litre petrol engine offers 129 bhp and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The more economical 1.5-litre diesel engine that also comes with 129 bhp and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Above those engines will be the plug-in hybrids, of which Peugeot is initially offering two: the Hybrid 180 and the more powerful Hybrid 225 version. Both combine a 1.6-litre petrol engine, a 109 bhp electric motor and a 12.4 kWh battery pack, allowing them to cover up to 37 miles in electric mode before the petrol engine is needed, while CO2 emissions from 25 g/km make them an attractive choice for company car drivers.
All new 308s will come with Peugeot’s latest-generation i-Cockpit technology, which includes a small steering wheel and a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system. That includes Bluetooth connectivity and the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration systems, as well as some ‘piano-key’ hotkey buttons for easier navigation.
“With plug-in hybrid options available for the first time, the new 308 and 308 SW are the next step in our strategy to provide electrified variants across our entire model range by 2024 – giving buyers the choice to suit the powertrain that best meets their needs,” said Julie David, the managing director of Peugeot UK.