As previously shown, exterior changes to the 308 are minor and consist of a new upright grille with the Lion badge moving to centre underneath the chrome nameplate, daytime running LEDs integrated into the headlight clusters, new elliptical headlight modules, two new bumper designs, 16 or 18-inch alloy wheels and a choice of ten colours including a new Pyrite Beige hue.
Unlike the 5008, the 308 does without Peugeot's latest i-Cockpit layout but still receives a new steering wheel, new touchscreen display controlling not only the 3D TomTom navigation and various media functions, but also the air-conditioning, upgraded materials, and new fabrics for the base Active (Meco Mistral) and Allure (plastic coated fabric / Oxford upholstery) models.
As well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the infotainment system also gets Mirror Screen smartphone pairing which, as the name suggests, mirrors your phone's screen on the touchscreen display.
The biggest changes are however reserved for safety with a plethora of new tech such as Active Safety Brake and Distance Alert, Active Lane Departure Warning, Driver Attention Warning, Traffic Recognition and Suggestion, Active Blind Spot Monitoring, Active Cornering Headlamps, Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and VisioPark 1 made of a 360 degree camera system.
As with its predecessor, the 308 will again be offered in a choice of six trim levels; Active, Allure, GT Line, GT and GTI, with motivation coming from a revised range of Euro 6 PureTech turbo-petrol and BlueHDI turbodiesel engines.
Again displacing 1.2-litres with outputs of 81 kW / 205 Nm and 96 kW / 230 Nm, the latter now benefitting from a particle filter, petrol engines are capped off by the GT's 1.6-litre turbo still producing 151 kW and 285 Nm of torque. Transmission are left unchanged with a five-speed manual on the 81 kW version and six-speed manual on the latter trio, although the 96 kW does have the option of a six-speed automatic.
On the diesel front, the previous 74 kW and 88 kW 1.6 BlueHDI units make way for a brand new 1.5-litre mill with outputs of 74 kW and 96 kW, the former with a five-speed manual gearbox and the latter with a six-speed 'box. As well as being the first engine in the PSA range to feature a Selective Catalytic Reduction system aimed at reducing emissions, the mill also benefits from a new piston geometry claimed to have been taken from the company's recent exploits with the 908 at the Le Mans 24 hours.
Completing the range, the BlueHDI 180 retains its 2.0-litre displacement and outputs of 133 kW / 400 Nm, but foregoes the previous six-speed automatic gearbox for a new Aisin sourced eight-speed setup, Peugeot claims improves efficiency by seven percent.
Boasting the same revisions as its less sportier sibling albeit with a black grille and optional two-tone paint finish, the GTI remains mechanically unchanged with the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine still punching out 200 kW and 272 Nm of torque, allowing it to reach 100 km/h from naught in six seconds, and on to a top speed of 250 km/h. As before, only a six-speed manual gearbox is offered.