The third generation of the Peugeot 308 was introduced in 2021. The Peugeot compact, which is based on the Stellantis EMP2 platform, has sold more than 7 million units worldwide to date, and the new product arrives determined to maintain the model’s record sales in the competitive C compact market.
The new Peugeot 308 2021 is designed in the French manufacturer’s new design language, which is already evident in new models such as the Peugeot 3008 and its older sibling, the Peugeot 5008. The front end now has a much more menacing appearance, owing to the LED headlights with vertical fang-shaped daytime running lights, a feature previously seen on the Peugeot 208 and Peugeot 508.
The bumper has also been redesigned to be even more sculpted, with a massive grille in the middle featuring the new Peugeot emblem as the focal point. From the foot, some of its predecessor’s lines, such as the outline of the windows and the C-pillar, are still apparent. The bodywork, on the other hand, has been altered to give it a stronger appearance, with a wider waist and a slightly longer rear. Mirrors mounted on the A-pillars, side sills, long overhangs, and a choice of 16-, 17-, and 18-inch alloy wheels complete this vision. Meanwhile, you can see a totally different style from behind.
The upper section features a spoiler that continues the roofline, a more angled rear window, and a cleaner boot lid style thanks to the license plate being built into the bumper. The wide rear diffuser trims and taillights are all combined into a dark segment with three oblique stripes resembling feline claws. The new Peugeot 308 measures 4.36 meters in length (110 mm longer than its predecessor), 2.675 meters in wheelbase (+55 mm), and 1.44 meters in height (-20 mm). The bodywork, on the other hand, is available in seven distinct colors: Olivine Green, Vertigo Blue, Elixir Red, Pearl White, Banquise White, Artense Gray, and Nera Pearl Black.
The newly built interior
The interior is entirely new, as the 308 2021 is responsible for the world premiere of Peugeot’s new generation of the i-Cockpit. This new driving role places the controls in front of the command post and is anchored by two wide 10-inch displays. The first is a 3D-printed digital instrument cluster, while the second is the infotainment system’s central touch screen. The steering wheel features two horizontal spokes and is equipped with capacitive sensors that track the driver’s hands. The so-called virtual i-toggle, which controls climate control, is located in the center console.
Meanwhile, at the bottom, a start button, driving modes, and an electric parking brake are located.
Additionally, the interior highlights include a wireless charging base for mobile devices, USB Type-C connections, storage compartments with a capacity of up to 34 liters, an eight-color ambient lighting system, a variety of upholstery designs using materials such as Alcantara, and unique extruded aluminum finishes. The Peugeot 308’s boot measures 421 liters in volume and can be extended to 1,323 liters by folding down the second row of seats. Visit the Peugeot 308’s official website to learn more.
The Peugeot 308 2021 is compatible with both gasoline and diesel engines. The well-known 1.2-liter three-cylinder PureTech supercharged engine is notable for its two power ratings of 110 hp and 130 hp. Both mechanics are paired with six-speed manual transmissions, while the PureTech 130 is available with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Simultaneously, Peugeot continues to invest in diesel engines, as shown by the addition of a four-cylinder diesel engine to the updated 308 models. It is the well-known 1.5 BlueHDi block that generates 130 hp on this occasion. It is available with a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Two new plug-in hybrid automobiles
The most significant addition to the latest Peugeot 308 2021’s engine lineup is the addition of two plug-in hybrid models. The first, dubbed Hybrid 180 e-EAT8, integrates a 1.6-liter PureTech four-cylinder petrol engine with 150 horsepower with an 81-kilowatt (109-kilowatt) electric motor. The combined output of both engines is 180 horsepower, which is routed via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The electric motor is fueled by a 12.4 kWh battery, which allows for a range of up to 60 kilometers on a single charge, with homologated CO2 emissions of only 25 g / km.
The Electric 225 e-EAT8 is the latest 308’s second plug-in hybrid motorization. This engine is based on the 1.6-liter PureTech engine but has been enhanced to produce 180 horsepower. Meanwhile, the 81 kW (109 hp) electric motor continues to run on a 12.4 kWh lithium-ion battery. It has a combined output of 225 horsepower, a range of 59 kilometers, and an average CO2 emission of 26 grams per kilometer. Additionally, the battery is capable of charging fully to 7.4 kW in as little as 1 hour and 55 minutes.
Security and technology
The new Peugeot 308’s technology and safety features include a rearview camera, 360o parking assist, keyless entry and start, automatic high-beam lights, an electric parking brake, and optional Matrix LED Technology headlights.
Peugeot has integrated a number of innovations into the Drive Assist 2.0 pack in terms of safety systems and driving assistants. It includes adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go feature, lane-keeping assistance, a semi-automatic lane shift, early speed recommendation, curve speed adaptation, rear traffic alert, long-range blind spot control, and long-range blind spot control. range, automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert, fatigue detector, and traffic sign recognition are also included.
Your fiercest adversaries
The Peugeot 308 2021 faces stiff competition from the Renault Mégane, Ford Focus, Opel Astra, Volkswagen Golf, Seat León, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Fiat Tipo.
Peugeot 308 used
If you’re in the market for a used Peugeot 308, prices begin around 1,500 euros, regardless of mileage or registration year. On the other hand, a Peugeot 308 with zero kilometers is available for about 16,000 euros. More:Official: Ferrari’s First Electric Car Scheduled in 2025