📂︎ News | 🖳︎ Wayne Gorrett | 🖃︎ June 15, 2020
➤ No prices available from Peugeot UK for updated model. Currently from £21,660.
Peugeot’s popular 308 hatch and estate have been updated for 2020 to keep the model fresh against Volkswagen’s new Golf 8, the new SEAT Leon and Mazda’s all-new 3.
This is the 2020 Peugeot 308 – updated for this model year. The previous top-spec GT trim level has been discontinued, while the three remaining specifications – Active, Allure and GT-Line – can be ordered as normal or ‘Premium’ versions, the latter coming with extra equipment.
For the outside, Peugeot has added a new ‘Vertigo Blue’ colour (as pictured) to its colour palette, as well as two new alloy wheel designs. Diamond-cut 16-inch alloys are offered as an optional extra on the mid-range Allure spec, while top-spec GT-Line cars can be had with new black 18-inch wheels.
The GT-Line model is available with a new Black Pack, which blackens the grille, Peugeot badge, fog light surrounds and mirror caps.
On the engine front, Peugeot has withdrawn the 175hp 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel engine, likely due to stricter WLTP emissions testing. This engine was a niche choice, as it was only offered on the range-topping GT model with an automatic gearbox. Instead, standard equipment has been increased and new styling options introduced. The changes apply to both the hatchback and the Peugeot 308 SW estate.
The surviving engine options are a 1.2-litre petrol engine with either 108 or 128hp, or a 1.2-litre diesel engine offering a choice of 99 or 128hp. Both 128hp engines can be had with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic, while the lesser-powered options are manual-only. The Peugeot 308 GTi hot hatchback survives to rival the Hyundai i30N, CUPRA Leon and Renault Megane RS.
Peugeot has also given its i-Cockpit digital instrument cluster a slight re-tweak and the central touchscreen gets a smartphone-like gloss finish (just perfect for those sunny days…not). Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are fitted as standard and other available tech includes a rear-view camera, speed sign recognition and blind-spot monitoring, while automatic cars can be had with adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality.