The new Peugeot 308 has been unveiled months before its official public debut at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show in September. The Volkswagen Golf rival uses an all-new platform and is up to 140kg lighter than the current 308.
The outgoing 308 was never the best looking car in its class, but it was spacial enough to get itself noticed. In a see of bland grey company cars, this satin blue car stands out even more than it normally would because of the guys from Re-Styling Russia.
The New Peugeot 308 is the latest evidence of the brand’s move up-market. It’s an initiative started several years ago and seen most recently with the 208 and 2008. The initial design brief of the New 308 had the highest levels of quality at its core. This ambition has guided the designers and engineers from the very start of the project.
Peugeot offers the 308 with naturally-aspirated 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines, a naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre diesel, a 2.0 litre turbo diesel and as tested a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol. Euro5 compliant and running direct injection, the 1.6-litre delivers a handy 115kW of power at 6000rpm and peak torque of 240Nm from 1400rpm. Driving through a six-speed automatic transmission, the Peugeot 308 Touring accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 9.7 seconds.