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by Tim Beissmann

The Peugeot 308 Access is now available with driveaway pricing, with the car maker permanently cutting on-road costs from its entry-level small hatchback.

The change means the 308 Access six-speed manual now starts at $21,990 driveaway (previously $21,990 plus on-road costs) and the Access six-speed automatic starts at $24,690 driveaway (previously $23,990 plus on-road costs), translating to savings of approximately $1500-$2000, depending on the state of purchase.

The price of all other variants in the 308 range is unchanged.

The Peugeot 308 Access is powered by the French brand’s 96kW/230Nm 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine.

The 308 Access is modestly equipped, coming standard with 15-inch steel wheels, LED daytime running lights, cruise control, manual air conditioning, Bluetooth phone connectivity, USB port and a CD player. Six airbags and electronic stability control are also standard.

The Access misses many of the features that are standard on the rest of the Peugeot 308 range such as alloy wheels, foglights, auto headlights and wipers, hill start assist, rear parking sensors, electrochromatic rear-view mirror, 9.7-inch touchscreen, steering wheel audio controls, dual-zone climate control, front and rear armrests, leather-bound steering wheel, and driver’s seat lumbar adjust.

The price change means there’s now an even bigger gap from the Access to the second-tier 308 Active, which is available exclusively with an automatic transmission from $28,340 plus on-road costs.




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