It’s been around a year since the Peugeot 308 quietly exited local showrooms. Now, the C-segment hatchback has finally returned to South Africa, in facelifted form, with the updated range comprising just a pair of derivatives.

The second-generation 308 was launched in South Africa in March 2015. But soon after a facelifted model was revealed overseas (in May 2017), the French hatch disappeared from local price lists.

Now that it’s back, Peugeot SA is offering the 308 in just a single model, with a choice of transmissions. The 1,2 Allure is priced at R334 900, while the 1,2 Allure AT comes in at R369 900.

Both models employ a turbocharged 1,2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, sending 96 kW at 5 500 r/min and 230 N.m at 1 750 r/min to the front wheels via either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission. Peugeot says the former will hit 100 km/h from standstill in 10,3 seconds, while the self-shifter is half-a-second quicker to the mark.

Standard features include 16-inch alloys, tyre pressure monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, a full-size spare wheel and a 9,7-inch touchscreen (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality). There is a choice of eight exterior colours.

While the pre-facelift 308 was offered with a full maintenance plan, this latest model comes with a three-year/60 000 km service plan, with intervals of 15 000 km. A three-year/100 000 km warranty is also included.

Peugeot 308 1,2 Allure: R334 900
Peugeot 308 1,2 Allure AT: R369 900