Brownie points to Peugeot UK from just-auto’s self-shifter-preferring news editor: the new 308 on sale from September will include a diesel-automatic option, in this case a 136hp two-litre HDi joined to a six-speeder.

An automated-manual will also be available bolted to the 110hp 1.6-litre HDi diesel. A manual-only 90hp 1.6HDi will also be available.

New petrol engines (some shared with BMW’s Mini) include a 95hp 1.4VTi, 120hp 1.6VTi with a four-speed auto option, 150hp 1.6THP150 (manual) and 140hp 1.6THP (four-speed auto).

The 308, replacing the 307, claims low emissions for some versions, due to class-leading aerodynamics – Cx of 0.29 – enabling the 1.6 litre HDi 90 to emit the EC-preferred 120 g/km of CO2.

Seven airbags will be fitted as standard on UK cars and rear side airbags will be optional for five-door models. A lane departure warning system (LDWS) and bi-xenon directional headlamps will also be available.

The larger 308 has greater interior space and carrying capacity. The boot (trunk) with parcel shelf in place provides 430 litres, increasing to 1,398 litres with the seats folded.

Peugeot promises more 308 body styles (think wagon, coupe-convertible) later along with a ‘BioFlex’ petrol model and “could also one day benefit from Peugeot’s HDi Hybrid technology”, the automaker hinted.

Graeme Roberts