Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Design for Life; Peugeot's Latest 308 Looks to Have Come of Age, Now Boasting a Complete Range of PureTech Petrol and BLUEHDI Diesel Engines. JONATHAN CROUCH Reports

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Design for Life; Peugeot's Latest 308 Looks to Have Come of Age, Now Boasting a Complete Range of PureTech Petrol and BLUEHDI Diesel Engines. JONATHAN CROUCH Reports

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Byline: JONATHAN CROUCH

THE Peugeot 308 has evolved. The Focus-sized family hatchback formula is much the same but the execution is miles better in this secondgeneration model, with a focus on refinement, interior quality and efficiency that puts it right up alongside the Ford and Volkswagen class leaders. It's that good, especially now that the French brand has brought its engine technology up to date.

There's a level of self-con-fidence and, yes, desirability here that we've not seen from Peugeot in a very long time. The fact that this model retains the 308 name should tell you something. That something is that the 308 badge now has some respectability, something that eluded the previous 307.

The first-generation 308 had morphed into quite a goodlooking car and today's model is even more handsome. The front end features a sculpted bonnet and sharky headlights but there's a maturity, a confi-dence, about the styling.

The interior is dominated by a 9.7-inch touchscreen and while some of the materials quality is a bit variable, sit in a Golf Mk 7 and you'll come to a similar conclusion. There's a small strip of buttons for locking, de-mist and hazard lights and then virtually everything else is controlled by the touchscreen, making for a very clean-looking interior.

The 308 gets the tiny 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 contrarotating 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. On to engines.

The 308 range has now migrated into Peugeot's latest BLUEHDI diesel technology. Most will want the 1.6-litre unit, which comes in either 100 or 120bhp guises. There's also a 2.0-litre BLUEHDI engine, offered with 150 or 180bhp. …

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