When the facelifted 308 arrived in Peugeot showrooms in September, the headline engine, the brand- new Euro-6.2 compliant 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 unit wasnít available to order. The 16-valve unit makes its debut in the family hatchback before proliferating across the entire French car makerís range, replacing the older 1.6-litre BlueHDi 120 unit. The downsized diesel engine utilises selective catalyst reduction to clean up harmful exhaust gases, and features a combustion chamber that is derived from the 908 HDi Le Mans race car. The unit is compliant with emissions regulations due to come into force in 2020 and reduces NOx in real-world driving, and not just in the laboratory.
You can read the full report on this Peugeot 308 in the February 2018 issue of Diesel Car. Order a back issue by clicking here and choosing a single issue
New engine is a cracker. Good pace, fuel efficient and low CO2 emissions. Looks smarter after facelift. Large boot with the seats up.
Needs separate ventilation controls away from the touchscreen. Hard plastic console. Rear seat space tighter than rivals. USB socket awkward for larger hands. Narrow glovebox.