2021 Peugeot 308 revealed: prices, specs and release date

Ryan Hirons
March 18, 2021

A new version of the Peugeot 308 has been revealed, with a range of new plug-in hybrid engines. Read on for full details.

  • New Peugeot 308 revealed
  • Angular new design
  • i-Cockpit digital displays as standard
  • 10-inch infotainment screen
  • Super-classy interior
  • Plug-in hybrid versions available
  • Sports new Peugeot badge

A new version of the Peugeot 308 has been revealed. The classy French alternative to the likes of the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf gets a sharp new look as well as plug-in hybrid engines for the first time. It’ll go on sale later in 2021.

2021 Peugeot 308 design

Oh look, it’s that new Peugeot badge

There’s no mistaking the 308 for a modern Peugeot. It has the signature LED fangs dropping down from thin headlights, with a huge grille that looks a bit like a water splash sitting between them. You might have even noticed the new Peugeot badge, which makes its debut on the new 308.

See the new Peugeot 308 here

There’s nothing too outlandish down the side of the car, except perhaps for the slapping of another new Peugeot badge Ferrari-style on the front arches. At the back, claw-like LED brake lights have been introduced and connected by a darkened reflector.

Those claw-like taillights are quickly becoming a Peugeot trademark

The only bit of chrome on the car comes at the bottom of the rear bumper in the form of some fake exhaust surrounds. Make of that what you will…

2021 Peugeot 308 interior

You’ll get the tiny wheel and digital display as standard

Hop inside the Peugeot 308 and you’ll spot a small, squared-off steering wheel with Peugeot’s ‘i-Cockpit’ digital drivers display in front of you as standard. The wheel will even detect how much you’re gripping it when using stuff such as the adaptive cruise-control system.

A new 10-inch infotainment system is fitted in the centre of the dashboard and comes with a wireless phone charging tray just below. There’s an ‘OK Peugeot’ voice assistant to control some of the functions too, though it doesn’t appear to be as sophisticated as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

Depending on which trim you go for, you can have Nappa leather, mottled fabric or Alcantara upholstery for your Peugeot 308 as well as 10-way adjustable seats with a massaging function as well.

2021 Peugeot 308 engines

The headline act for the Peugeot 308’s engine lineup is the introduction of plug-in hybrid engines for the first time. You have a choice of two — a 225hp and 180hp model — with both using a petrol engine linked up to a 110hp motor.

The 225hp car is said to be capable of 36 miles on electricity alone, with the 180hp version eeking that out to 37.

You’ll get six months free charging with BP Pulse if you go for a plug-in hybrid

Go for a plug-in hybrid and you’ll get a free six-month subscription to the BP Pulse charging network as well. If you’re not quite ready for a hybrid though, you can pick a 1.2-litre petrol or a 1.5-litre diesel for your Peugeot 308. All engines are linked up to an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

2021 Peugeot 308 safety equipment

Adaptive cruise control will be available and the steering wheel will be able to make sure you’re paying attention

There’s a pretty wide range of safety-assistance tech on the Peugeot 308. It’s not yet confirmed what’ll be standard and what will cost you extra, but it will have blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and traffic sign recognition, among others.

You’ll be able to pick between a 180-degree reversing camera or an upgraded 360-degree option that can give you a view from all four sides of the car.

2022 Peugeot 308 SW Estate spotted

Just like its predecessor, the next Peugeot 308 will be available as a more spacious 308 SW estate. As the test car in the spy shots show, the 308 SW will retain many of the regular hatchback’s sleek styling cues, such as the tapering roofline and the vertical daytime running lights.

Interior dimensions won’t be confirmed until closer to launch, though you can expect the new Peugeot 308 SW to have even more boot space than the current car – which, thanks to its 660 litres of cargo capacity, is already one of the most spacious estates in this class.

Taller passengers may also appreciate you going for the SW over the regular Peugeot 308, because the slightly higher roofline means there should be a bit more back-seat headroom on offer.

2021 Peugeot 308 prices and release date

The Peugeot 308 will hit showrooms later this year, though pricing has yet to be confirmed. Expect it to start around £23,000 with prices rising over £30,000 for fully-kitted out versions.

Can’t wait for the new Peugeot 308? Read our in-depth review on the outgoing car or find the latest deals on the hatchback

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