The new Peugeot 308 hatch that arrived at our offices not so long ago boasted facelifts to the new front grille, rear lights and LED running lights. Displaying the very latest Peugeot design language, the New 308 Allure does not fail to impress after taking it out for a drive. With it’s modern interior and modestly slick exterior styling the car is now 140 kg less that it’s predecessor making its performance and refined drive even more impressive.
The drive in the new Peugeot 308 Allure is mind blowing. Having been sceptical at first, this vehicle really changed my perception with how well everything is put together, and how well it all works considering it’s powered by a rather small 1.2 litre, three-cylinder motor.
This award-winning 96kW PureTech engine has won Engine of the Year for four consecutive years and the blend of performance and economy is incredible with a top speed of 204km/h, returning a consumption figure of 5.1/100km (claimed). I unfortunately couldn’t get enough of the drive from the three-cylinder version that pushed my consumption figures upwards, but the punchy performance represents sound engineering. A strong balance of ride and handling with the focus being on long-distance cruising comfort, low noise levels, a supple ride and excellent stability make this model the best choice for everyday use.
Inside the new 308 Allure you will find a cleanly designed interior enhancing the Peugeot i-Cockpit® layout with its trademark compact steering wheel. The i-Cockpit of the new 308 Allure includes the Mirror Screen, which duplicates your smartphone on the vehicle’s 9.7” touchscreen. This is a triple-play system compatible with Mirrorlink®, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto protocols. The touchscreen also offers rapid access to the dual zone climate control to cruise control and all multi-media functions.
Extended driver assistance on this particular model includes the latest-generation systems such as driver Attention Alert, Advanced Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Traction Control System (ASR), Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBFD), Emergency brake assist (EBA) with emergency brake flashing hazard lights, automatic drive-away locking, central locking and dead locking, anti-theft alarm and super locking (2 pips) systems, child lock system, unfastened seatbelt warning, and ISOFIX.
Francisco Gaie, Managing Director at Peugeot Citroën South Africa believes: “The New Peugeot 308 Allure is now more competitive than ever. Safety and technology are part of the company’s DNA – and this vehicle won’t disappoint. Not forgetting its good looks and impressive performance from a punchy, turbo’ed, PureTech engine – in fact, the new 308 Allure is a definite solid all-rounder.”
Price starts from R334 900 for the entry level Allure model and works up from there.