Peugeot 308 Allure

Premium 1.2 PureTech

PEUGEOT has always been able to deliver when it comes stylish-lookingvehicles.

The 308 has always been a strong performer in its hugely competitive segment. It has evolved since it was launched in 2007 and remained one of the better looking cars in its segment.

The latest version however is a dramatic leap forward in terms of style and road presence with some stunning new colours to boot. Trim levels include Active Premium, Allure, Allure Premium, GT and GT Premium.

It is a dramatic makeover, and now features a new lion's head badge to front and rear, (which house the radar sensors used by the autonomous driving aids) for a sleeker look.

It is also packed with state-of-the-art communications and safety kit which flashes up warnings to drivers of impending possible dangers.

Now 55mm longer, it sits 20mm lower than the previous model, which delivers that dynamic and aerodynamic shape.

The front features a deep grille at the end of a longer, dramatically swooping bonnet, with a clever configuration of daytime running lights among the front light clusters.

The rear is just as impressive with LEDs retaining the familiar cat's claw style for the rear lamps.

In addition, there is a lower bumper gloss black trim, while the exhaust has twin chrome surrounds

Overall, the lower profile means the vehicle now has a more slippery shape, while tinted rear glass and smart new alloys add a touch of class to the all round appearance.

The interior has also had a major upgrade with the firm's next-generation i-Cockpit interior with the now familiar compact multi function steering wheel.

Fixtures and fittings are high quality with controls and switchgear logically placed.

Front and centre is the 10-inch touchscreen that houses the i-Connect infotainment system which can be activated by voice commands and controls radio, navigation smartphone connectivity. Navigation includes TomTom Live updates and speed camera alerts and a clever feature is the i-Toggle feature that allows owners to set personalised shortcut keys for functions such as climate, navigation or music favourites.

There are a range of engine options including two plug in hybrids, a diesel, yes diesel, and the 1.2 litre three cylinder petrol engine powering this test car.

The 130bhp available provides plenty of urge and delivers the familiar raspy sound from the three pot engine under acceleration.

Is lively enough, hitting 60mph in under 10 seconds and, mated with an eight speed auto box, delivers seamless shifts and decent economy of up to 50mpg, depending on how it is driven.

Drive modes Eco, Normal and Sport can be selected, depending on whether you'relooking for economy or performance.

Handling and ride are good. The 308 has always had good handling manners and the newcomer is no different, feeling well planted on corners, while the ride keeps occupants comfortable while the suspension works hard to soak up the worst lumps and potholes.

Boot space is competitive within its segment offering 412 litres of space, opening up with the rear seats folded to a substantial 1,323 litres. As ever the split rear seats open up at the touch of a button.

Safety is key with all models and the new model delivers plenty with a number of key safety and driver assistance technologies, including stability control, full set of airbags, active safety brake with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane assist, programmable cruise control and speed limiter and those driver attention alert.

265ps, 1,199cc, three-cylinder, turbo charged petrol engine driving front wheels via eight speed auto box

130mph

9.7 seconds

43-52

19

129g/km

30%

3yrs/60,000 miles

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