The Peugeot 308 crowned as 2014 European Car of the Year

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8.12.2014
The Peugeot 308 crowned as 2014 European Car of the Year

The Peugeot 308, launched at the end of 2013 and crowned as 2014 European Car of the Year, represents Peugeot's best ever attack on the family hatchback class leaders such as the Volkswagen Golf, SEAT Leon and Ford Focus.

Previous generation 308s always struggled to match its closest rivals, but this latest model is a huge step forward for Peugeot. With improved looks and a more expensive-feeling interior, the Peugeot 308 now offers a more attractive ownership package with excellent economy and fast-improving dealer service.

Using the same underpinnings as the latest Citroen C4 Picasso, the 308 features a special lightweight chassis and engines that promise improved efficiency over previous generations. This is partly thanks to a weight saving of up to 140kg depending on which engine you opt for. 

The Peugeot 308 trim level range consists of Access, Sportium, Active, Allure GT-Line and a range-topping GT warm hatch which gets a bespoke 202bhp petrol engine. This new model is more GT than GTI and comes impressively well-equipped, however the mid-range Active and Allure trims are likely to offer enough equipment for most buyers as the 308 comes with a healthy level of standard kit. 

Buyers are well catered for when it comes to the Peugeot 308's engines. There is a wide range of efficient engines, with 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesels, and three, three-cylinder petrols including the frugal 1.2-litre e-THP. The 308 is available with a five or six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed automatic.

The 308 range currently consists of the five-door hatch and practical SW estate. A 308 GT is on the cards, too, showing Peugeot's intent to seriously take on the Volkswagen Golf GTI. There has been no word on whether or not Peugeot will be adding a 308 CC convertible to the latest line-up, though. 




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