Peugeot’s first vehicle of the “8” generation, the Peugeot 308 five door hatchback will be launched in the UK in September.

Designed by Peugeot’s in-house designers, the Peugeot 308 builds on the successful concept of the Peugeot 307, with its semi-high architecture, large interior space, class leading safety equipment and high standards of road holding.

The stylish design not only looks good but contributes to reducing fuel consumption and emissions, due to its class leading aerodynamics – Cx of 0.29 – enabling the 1.6 litre HDi 90 to emit only 120 g/km of CO2.

The Peugeot 308 will be available with 10 powerplant options:

Petrol engines VTi – Variable valve lift and Timing and injection

1.4 litre VTi* 95 bhp 5-speed manual gearbox
1.6 litre VTi* 120 bhp 5-speed manual gearbox
1.6 litre VTi* 120 bhp 4-speed automatic gearbox
1.6 litre THP 150 bhp 5-speed manual gearbox
1.6 litre THP 140 bhp 4-speed automatic gearbox

HDi Diesel engines

• 1.6 litre HDi 90 bhp 5-speed manual gearbox
• 1.6 litre HDi 110 bhp 5-speed manual gearbox
• 1.6 litre HDi 110 bhp 6-speed controlled manual gearbox
• 2.0 litre HDi 136 bhp 6-speed manual gearbox
• 2.0 litre HDi 136 bhp 6-speed automatic gearbox

Safety is another strength of the new Peugeot 308, with seven airbags fitted as standard; even rear side airbags will be available as an option on 5 door models. Peugeot’s lane departure warning system (LDWS) and bi-xenon directional headlamps will also be available.

The increased size compared to the 307 results in greater interior space and carrying capacity. The boot of the 308 is cleverly laid out to maximise the space which, with the parcel shelf in place provides 430 litres, increasing to 1,398 litres with the seats folded.