The new-generation Peugeot 308 has been awarded a four-star safety rating from Australian crash tester ANCAP against 2020-2022 test protocols.

    It’s no real surprise the 308 received a four-star ANCAP safety rating as Euro NCAP awarded the car four stars last year; the two testing authorities have harmonised testing protocols.

    The 308 received a score of 79 per cent for adult occupant protection, 86 per cent for child occupant protection, 68 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 82 per cent for safety assist.

    This four-star ANCAP safety rating applies to all petrol hatchback and wagon variants of the 308 currently sold in Australia.

    ANCAP notes lower scores in adult occupant protection assessment made it ineligible for a five-star rating.

    In the frontal offset test, the dummy readings indicated weak performance for the driver’s chest, and marginal protection for the lower legs.

    The Australian-spec Peugeot 308 did have better safety assist performance though when compared to the standard European-spec model.

    This is because the Australian-spec 308 has a camera/radar fusion autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system as standard that provides better performance in car-to-car scenarios than the camera-only system that’s standard in Europe.

    Peugeot provided evidence that the camera/radar fusion AEB system and vehicle performance for the Australian-spec 308 is the same as the closely-related DS 4, which was tested by Euro NCAP. This is apparently reflected in the 308 scoring.

    “It is good to see Stellantis opting to provide their Australian customers with a system that provides an enhanced level of active safety performance,” said ANCAP CEO Carla Hoorweg.

    The 2023 Peugeot 308 has the following standard safety equipment on all grades in Australia:

    • Six airbags
    • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
      • Low-light pedestrian detection
      • Cyclist detection
    • Auto post-collision braking
    • Adaptive cruise control with stop/go
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Rear cross-traffic alert
    • Driver attention warning
    • Lane-keep assist
    • Front and rear parking sensors
    • Reversing camera
    • Speed sign recognition, recommendation
    • Tyre pressure monitoring

    The GT Premium adds:

    • Active Lane Positioning Assist (centring)
    • Surround-view camera

    The new-generation Peugeot 308 has been on sale locally since November last year and is priced from $43,990 before on-road costs for the GT hatchback.

    The 308 is also available in a singular wagon form which is currently priced from $50,490 before on-road costs for the GT Premium wagon.

    The entire petrol range is powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine producing 96kW of power and 230Nm of torque. This is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

    The plug-in hybrid GT Sport, which has yet to be priced for Australia, is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor. Total system outputs are 165kW and 360Nm.

    The mains rivals for the Peugeot 308 include the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series, Cupra Leon, Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, and Volkswagen Golf.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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