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Peugeot's 308 steps up with better looks but more weight than the 307

Peugeot logo12 Feb 2008

By GEORGIA OCONNELL

THE most important car in the Peugeot Australia line-up is the 3-series model., Now into its eighth generation, the 308 is all-new, except for a couple of carry-over engines. Moving on from the curiously-styled and yet strong-selling 307, the much more stylish 308 arrives with an emphasis on economy rather than performance. The larger, and heavier, Peugeot is ready to take on vehicles like the Volkswagen Golf, Renault Megane, Citroen C4 and higher-end versions of the Ford Focus, Holden Astra and Toyota Corolla. Prices start at $25,990 for the entry level 1.6 model, and run through to $37,990 for the premium 2.0-litre diesel auto model. Engines include the a regular 1.6 and 1.6 turbo engines, co-developed with BMW, as well as 1.6 and 2.0-litre turbo-diesels. The base XS model misses out on electronic stability control, but is otherwise well-equipped.
Model release date: 1 February 2008 to 1 October 2014

Previous model

307 XSE HDi

Released: Dec 2001
Ended: Oct 2005
Family Tree: 308

THE 307 arrived here in December 2001 with exactly the same entry level price of $25,990. It brought in a tall-boy design and sloped nose that took a while to get used to after the hunched, sporty, shape of the 306. Taller and wider and with a longer wheelbase, cabin comfort was a big plus. It lacked the nimbleness of its predecessor, but felt solid and was far quieter. The 307 launched with a choice of 1.6 or 2.0-litre petrol engines, while a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel was also available. At the end of its run, the 307 was also available with a 1.6-litre diesel and a 130kW 2.0-litre engine with variable valve timing. The 307 spawned a CC convertible with folding metal hard-top and a wagon.

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