The Peugeot 308 goes on sale in January next year and from then there will be a Blue HDi version with a claimed 82g/km of CO2 and 91mpg. There will also be a range of three-cylinder turbocharged petrols.
The model we tested is the top-of-the-range turbo petrol 1.6 with 153bhp - you'll recognise this engine from the Citroen DS3. It feels nice and responsive, and when you push the throttle there's a good amount of thrust.
However, it doesn't take long to tell that this car has been set up with comfort in mind - the suspension feels very soft and although the steering makes it feel agile at first, the body control is not too great.
The new Peugeot 308 is better than its predecessor in almost every way. The modern, stylish cabin has its plus points and the massive 470-litre boot makes it extremely practical. Watch the video review and see what you think.