The current-generation Peugeot 308 has been around for approximately seven years, and while most of its rivals have been renewed, the French compact model soldiers on for the 2021MY with minor tweaks.
For the most part, the novelties are modest, with the biggest change being the introduction of the i-Cockpit. The digital instrument cluster comes with a 10-inch HD panel that incorporates the graphic design from the 208 and 2008 and gets a glossy finish. The infotainment system supports smartphone integration and features 3D navigation system, voice commands and so on.
Regardless of trim level, all 2021 Peugeot 308s have dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights, rear parking sensors, DAB digital radio, automatic windscreen wipers, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Even though the car is beginning to show its age in terms of design, it’s loaded with safety tech: adaptive cruise control, 180-degree camera, active lane departure warning, automatic high-beam switch, speed sign recognition, active blind spot, and driver attention alert.
On the outside, the revised 308 lineup is virtually unchanged, save for the introduction of the new Vertigo Blue paint finish and two new wheel designs, 16 and 18 inches in diameter. The Black Pack option is reserved for the top-of-the-line trim levels and lets customers change the majority of the chrome trim with glossy black elements, including the front grille, side windows, fog lamp and turn signal surrounds.
The engine lineup comprises two petrol and two diesels: the 1.2-liter PureTech with 108 HP (110 PS / 81 kW) and 128 HP (130 PS / 96 kW), and the 1.5-liter BlueHDi, making 99 HP (100 PS / 74 kW) and 128 HP (130 PS / 96 kW), respectively.
Lesser models are offered with a six-speed manual gearbox, whereas the 8-speed automatic is available on the upper grades, alongside the same stick shift. Topping the range is the 308 GTi hot hatch powered by a 1.6-liter turbo-four rated at 259 HP (263 PS / 193 kW) and 251 lb-ft (340 Nm) of torque.