Peugeot 308 gets a range of updates for 2020
Peugeot’s rival to the Ford Focus gets extra equipment and options
- On sale now
- Styling and tech updates
- Most powerful diesel engine dropped
The Peugeot 308 has been tweaked for 2020 in a bid to keep it competitive against the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Mazda3. Peugeot has withdrawn the most powerful diesel engine but increased standard equipment and introduced new styling options. The changes apply to both the hatchback and the Peugeot 308 SW estate.
A new ‘Vertigo Blue’ colour (shown in these pictures) is now available, as well as two new alloy wheel designs. Diamond-cut 16-inch alloys are offered as an optional extra on the mid-range Allure spec, while GT-Line cars can be had with new black 18-inch wheels.
The GT-Line model is available with a new Black Pack, which makes the grille, Peugeot badge, fog light surrounds and mirror caps black.
The top-spec GT trim level has been discontinued, while the three remaining specifications can be ordered as normal or ‘Premium’ versions, the latter coming with extra equipment.
Peugeot has cut one of the 308’s engines; the 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel engine with 175bhp is no longer offered, perhaps due to stricter WLTP emissions testing. This engine was a niche choice, as it was only offered on the range-topping GT model with an automatic gearbox.
The surviving options are a 1.2-litre petrol engine with either 108 or 128bhp, or a diesel engine offering a choice of 99 or 128bhp. Both 128bhp engines can be had with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic, while the lesser-powered options are manual-only. The Peugeot 308 GTi hot hatchback survives to rival the Hyundai i30 N, Ford Focus ST and Renault Megane RS.
Peugeot has also given the i-Cockpit digital instrument cluster a slight reworking, and the central touchscreen gets a gloss finish like a smartphone. In terms of phone connectivity, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are fitted as standard. Other available tech includes a rear-view camera, speed sign recognition and blind-spot monitoring, while automatic cars can be had with adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality.