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The Peugeot 307 was a European car of the year but does it cut the mustard here?

26 Sep 2002

THE Peugeot 307's tall-boy design with its drooping nose is a big change from the hunched pocket-rocket shape of the 306, not only being significantly taller but also wider and with a longer wheelbase. It lacks the nimbleness and chuckability of its predecessor, replacing it with a solidity of build and quietness you could only imagine in the old car. The 307 is powered by a choice of 1.6 or 2.0-litre petrol engines or - in the true Peugeot oil-burner tradition - a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel. It will be interesting to see if 307's Euro credibility and sales success translates to Australia, where an audience weaned on the 306 will have some adjusting to do.

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Model release date: 1 December 2001 to 1 October 2005

Previous model

Peugeot 306 hatch

Released: April 1994
Ended: November 2001
Family Tree: 307

PEUGEOT'S N3-designated 306 model appeared in Australia in April 1994 as both a three and five-door XT hatch. The 306 Cabriolet came a few months later in October 1994, while the first of the facelifted N5 models, featuring a single-bar grille, arrived here in July 1997. Among them were updated three and five-doors, a cabrio and the range-topping GTi6 hot hatch.

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