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Peugeot 308 freshens up

2010-04-23 07:58
The 308 gets an update with minor cosmetic tweaks and new features, and a standard service plan across the range, as part of its mid-life revision.

Peugeot South Africa has announced changes to the line-up, too. The previous X-line models is now known as the 308 Comfort, while XS and XT models will now be badged Premium and Premium Pack, respectively.

The features list has been upgraded all round. While already equipped with central locking, cruise control and electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, Comfort models add 16-inch alloy wheels, four airbags, an alarm system, cruise control and electric rear windows.

308 Premium adds curtain airbags and a USB function for the audio system. Both Premium and Premium Pack models get a new rear bumper.

Engines unchanged, auto dropped

The revised Peugeot 308 range retains its two petrol engines and one turbodiesel option.

308 Comfort and Premium are powered by a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine producing 88 kW at 6 000 r/min with a torque peak of 160 Nm at 4 250 r/min. Top speed is 195 km/h and fuel consumption is rated at 6.7 l/100 km. CO2 emissions of 159 g/km are quoted.

The 1.6 HDi derivative (which also bears the Premium badge) is powered by a turbodiesel engine with 80 kW and 260 Nm on tap from 4 000 and 1 750 r/min, respectively. It is claimed to have a fuel consumption figure of 4.8 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 125 g/km. Top speed is quoted at 190 km/h.

The flagship model is fitted with a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine generating 110 kW at 5 800 r/min and 240 Nm of peak torque. This allows it to sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in nine seconds and have a top speed of 211 km/h. Fuel consumption for this model is quoted at 7.2 l/100 km and CO2 emissions at 171 g/km.

A five-speed manual gearbox is standard for Comfort and Premium petrol models. The flagship petrol and the HDi turbodiesel get a six-speed gearbox. The 1.6-litre automatic previously listed has fallen off the 308 price list.

The level of safety equipment on all models is high, and even the “base” Comfort models come equipped with front and side airbags, ABS with EBA, automatic activation of the hazard lights when emergency breaking and automatic door locking when pulling away. The range-topping Premium Pack model’s safety is bolstered by ESP.

Furthermore, the 308 hatchback range comes with a standard five-year/90 000 km service plan and a three-year/100 000 km warranty.

308 Comfort                       R 205 900
308 Premium Manual          R 228 500
308 Premium 1.6 HDi          R 253 500
308 Premium Pack               R 258 500
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