Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Design for Life; Peugeot's Latest 308 Looks to Have Come of Age. ANDY ENRIGHT Reports

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Design for Life; Peugeot's Latest 308 Looks to Have Come of Age. ANDY ENRIGHT Reports

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Byline: ANDY ENRIGHT

THE Peugeot 308 has evolved. The formula is much the same but the execution is miles better in this latest car with a focus on refinement, interior quality and efficiency.

The best bit? This is now a car that exudes a certain selfconfidence and, yes, desirability. The front features a sculpted bonnet and sharky headlights but there's a maturity, a confidence, about the styling. It's not trying too hard.

The interior is dominated by a 93/4in touchscreen and the 308 gets the extra small steering wheel debuted on the 208, but in this instance, it's possible for shorter drivers to see the dials over the top of it. The contra-rotating rev counter is a neat touch, the oversized manual gear knob less so. Space all round is more than adequate and the 470-litre boot is excellent. If you need more space, there's a 308 SW estate variant with a 660-litre boot extendable to 1,660 litres with the rear bench folded.

The petrol engine line up opens with an 82bhp, 1. …

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