The facelifted Peugeot 308 range for Australia has been detailed, and the brand’s new importer has been ruthless with the model range, trimming the previous 14-variant lineup back to just five key models.
The updated 308, which went on sale overseas earlier this year, also picks up subtle changes including including a restyled grille, new front bumpers and revised tail lights for all variants.
Inside Peugeot has revised the 308’s touchscreen infotainment system to include in-house smartphone mirroring tech alongside Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Cooking models of the 308 have been switched to auto-only, utilising a six-speed torque-converter type automatic transmission, while the sporty GTi is the only variant available with a six-speed manual but can’t be ordered with an automatic.
The revised range sees the previous base-model Access trim deleted, in line with Peugeot Citroen Australia’s ‘no entry-level’ policy. That shifts the price of entry to the 308 range up from $19,290 (plus on-road costs) to the mid-spec Active’s $26,990.
For 2018 the 308 Active is $1000 cheaper than the outgoing model, and retains the same 96kW/230Nm 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine as before.
The next step up the range is the Allure model with the choice of either 1.2-litre petrol or a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engines in the hatch, or as a wagon available exclusively with the diesel engine.
Peugeot’s BlueHDi diesel engine produces 110kW and 370Nm.
Along with the entry-level Access model the warm hatch and wagon GT models, highly-equipped Allure Premium, and entry-model GTi 250 hot hatch have also been cut loose.
Hot hatch fans can still get their hands on the more powerful GTi 270. Now known simply as the 308 GTi, the hero of the range is priced from $45,990, a $4000 drop from the GTi 270's previous price.
Safety has been increased with a reversing camera now standard across the range. The Allure and GTi get active blind spot monitoring and lane keeping assist, but autonomous emergency braking is notably absent.
Standard equipment for the Active includes 16-inch alloy wheels, driver attention alert, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth and navigation.
Stepping up to the Allure adds 17-inch alloys, unique bumpers, electric parking brake, front parking sensors, semi-autonomous parking assistance, LED headlights and sports front seats.
2018 Peugeot 308 Pricing
Active petrol hatch - $26,990
Allure petrol hatch - $31,990
Allure diesel hatch - $35,990
Allure diesel wagon - $37,990
GTi petrol hatch - $45,990
Manufacturer’s list price excluding on-road costs. Overseas model shown.
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