The Peugeot 308 has been given a facelift, and it’s a mild one for the handsome hatch and its SW wagon sister.

Compared to the pre-facelift 2014 European Car of the Year, the latest 308 comes with a new bonnet to match the “vertical grille” with a central lion badge and the “Peugeot” name carved into the upper trim. The reprofiled front bumper is more aggressive than before and the 308’s face is now identical to that of the Chinese-market Peugeot 308 Sedan that debut last year.

Inside, the 308’s radical i-Cockpit includes “Mirror Screen”, which duplicates smartphone content on the car’s touchscreen, compatible with Mirrorlink, Android Auto and Apple Carplay. The “rapid-response” new 3D navigation with voice control is connected to the TomTom Traffic realtime monitoring service. The Visiopark 1 with 180° rear camera and Park Assist function measures space and steers the car into parking lots.

The latest driver assistance systems seen in the new 3008 are now available here, including Active Safety Brake and Active Lane Departure Warning. The 308 facelift is the first PSA Group model to get cruise control including a stop function (with automatic transmission) or a 30 km/h function (with manual transmission).

From L-R: Outgoing 308 GT Line, Chinese market 308 Sedan

Peugeot is taking this opportunity to introduce the latest available powertrains to its Golf-fighting model. European buyers can choose from a new BlueHDi 130 S&S engine or a new Aisin eight-speed automatic transmission (rare in this segment) coupled with the BlueHDi 180 S&S engine. The latter comes with Stop&Start capability from 20 km/h and is reserved for the 308 GT.

The BlueHDi 130 S&S diesel engine makes its debut in the 308 facelift. Combustion efficiency is improved by a patented combustion chamber design, the efficacy of which was proven at the Le Mans 24 Hours race, Peugeot says. Further efficiency gains are afforded by the SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) pollution control system, fitted as close as possible to the engine for the fastest possible post-treatment action.

The three-cylinder petrol engine has been upgraded, with at-source and at-exhaust emission control for improved fuel consumption and pollution reduction. High-precision injection control enhances combustion efficiency, and exhaust gases go through a catalytic converter then a passive-regeneration gasoline particle filter. A new six-speed manual gearbox is paired to this downsized motor.

Peugeot is one of the first automakers to anticipate on introduction of the Euro 6.c standard, consistent with the PSA Group’s advocacy of measures to ensure customers have access to independent, certified information on actual fuel consumption under real-life driving conditions. From September 2018, Real Driving Emissions (RDE) must not exceed 2.1 times the certification figures.