Peugeot retires the second generation 308.

The new model is bigger, more spacious and much more intelligent thanks to smart technology.

The new 308 will be on sale next fall, as a plug-in hybrid and with conventional petrol and diesel engines.

With a length of 4.37 meters, the new Peugeot 308 is no less than 11 centimeters longer than its predecessor.

The wheelbase grows 5.5 inches.

In addition, the Peugeot is 2 centimeters lower than its predecessor, which saw the light of day eight years ago.

The rear passengers in particular benefit from the extra centimeters.

The luggage compartment of the new 308 is remarkably enough with 412 liters, slightly smaller than that of the current 308. That is not a disaster, because it trumps the Golf (381 liters) and Focus (375 liters) with it.

If you throw the back seat flat, you can stow 1,323 liters of luggage in the Peugeot.

Later there will be a 308 SW (station wagon), but the manufacturer is now not releasing anything about it.

Nothing is known yet about the prices either.

The new 308 is recognizable by its remarkably aggressive front with heavily pinched, 'vicious-looking' LED headlamps.

The license plate at the front moves down one floor.

In the center of the nose is the new brand logo, a copy that harks back to the past.

Behind that logo, Peugeot has incorporated the radar for the passive and active safety systems.

"An electric parking brake and windscreen heating are standard."

Peugeot drivers will immediately feel at home in the interior and yet it is completely new.

For example, the digital instruments are positioned relatively high behind a small steering wheel.

The new placement of the 10-inch infotainment system is striking.

That is no longer above the ventilation grilles in the center of the dashboard, but is now a lot lower.

Two telephones can be connected to the infotainment

via wireless

screen mirroring


Its software is completely new and, according to Peugeot, is highly customizable.

Whoever says "Ok Peugeot" can then give voice commands to the system.

An electric parking brake and heated windscreen are standard.

Characteristic of the current Peugeots: a low placed handlebar.

Characteristic of the current Peugeots: a low placed handlebar.

Photo: Peugeot

The new 308 brakes automatically for bends

The car will also be available at the end of this year with the Drive Assist 2.0 package, which, among other things, brings adaptive cruise control with stop & go function and an active lane assistant to the Peugeot.

The adaptive cruise control adjusts speed based on traffic signs, among other things, and brakes automatically up to a speed of 180 kilometers per hour before cornering.

Between 70 and 180 kilometers per hour, the 308 is able to overtake cars itself.

It can also be supplied with blind spot detection, a 180-degree reversing camera, 360-degree parking aid and automatic high beam.

The 308, which was the most sold car in the Netherlands in 2015, will receive plug-in hybrid powertrains for the first time in its existence.

It can also be ordered with petrol and diesel engines.

The luggage compartment of the 308 Hybrids is slightly smaller due to the placement of the battery pack.

That will then consume 361 liters instead of 412 liters.

A cyan-colored LED in the interior mirror of the Hybrid versions informs the outside world that the 308 is electrically making its meters.

More information about the new Peugeot 308, including the available powertrains, can be found in this AutoWeek article.

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The 308 also has a completely different face from the current generation at the rear.

The 308 also has a completely different face from the current generation at the rear.

Photo: Peugeot