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Peugeot 307

Broadcast dates : 22nd January 2006
28th January 2006

That gaping grille is the most noticeable styling tweak on the new Peugeot 307, along with new headlights. The new look brings the car into line with other models in Peugeotís range, notably the larger 407.

The engine line-up remains much as before, consisting of 1,6 litre petrol and diesel engines, and the slightly up-rated 103 kilowatt  2litre, fitted to our test machine.

One thing Peugeot always seems to get right is their wheel design. The top of the line 307 comes with very attractive five-spoke alloys.

Itís testimony to the basic success of the 307 design that the car still looks contemporary, especially with the new styling changes.

The interior has also been revised, with an improved level of material quality to some of the components. This top level 2 litre model features all the bells and whistles.

Important changes include revised airbag deployment and improved head restraints.

When it was first launched a few years ago, the Peugeot 307 was considered cutting-edge in the medium hatch market. Now it somehow feels a bit ordinary, although itís still a pleasant package. 

Despite the revised suspension, the biggest criticism is that itís an uninvolving car to drive, thanks to a lack of communication through the controls.
On the other hand, itís a relaxing machine to use of a day to day basis, thanks largely to the sweet 2 litre engine.

Itís power output is not breathtaking, but its torque delivery is good and it revs happily beyond 6 000 rpm.

Performance is not much different to the pre-facelift model. So expect a 10 second 0-100, and a top speed of just over 200 km/h. The good news is that the price remains under R190 000, and for that price you are getting quite a well-specced family hatch.

All in all, the best news for the 307 is that itís now competitively priced, especially for 2 litre. That should see it continue to notch up good sales, despite being placed smack bang in the hot spot of the SA new car market.

Peugeot 307 XS 2.0

  • Engine: Four-Cylinder 1997cc
  • Power: 103 Kw @ 6000 rpm
  • Torque: 190 Nm @ 4100 rpm
  • Transmission: Five-Speed manual front-wheel drive
  • 0Ė100 km/h: 10.0 secs (Estimated)
  • Top Speed: 205 km/h (Estimated)
  • Fuel Consumption: 9.0 lt/100km (Estimated)
  • Price: R188 900.00

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