The 2017 Peugeot 308 range has been cut down from 11 variants to just six as the brand tries to make things a little less complex for buyers - and, presumably, to attract more customers.

2017-peugeot-308-active-1-2-auto-lt-hero2

The 2017 Peugeot 308 line-up sees the mainstream 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol versions removed, and just one of the GT variants remains. The luxury-focused Allure Premium hatch and wagon models have been chopped, and the lower-spec 308 GTI 250 has been dumped. The higher-performance 308 GTI 270 remains.

The entry-level Access versions of Peugeot's small car range are gone, with the Active now forming the base for the 308 range. It received a spec update in 2016 that saw a rear-view camera and satellite-navigation added as standard.

2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance v 2016 Peugeot 308 GTi 27063

The simplification of the model range firmly plants the Peugeot small car line-up as a more premium, and as such, higher-priced range. There is no base model car to compete with the big-name small cars - the Hyundai i30, Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3 can probably rest easy, then.

And the dumping of the 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder with 110kW of power and 240Nm of torque means buyers will instead have to be fine with either a 1.2-litre turbo three-cylinder (with 96kW and 230Nm) or the 2.0-litre turbo diesel (with 110kW/370Nm), depending on the specification.

At the very least, the new three-pot engine offering is more efficient than the existing four-cylinder, with fuel use claimed at 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres (the four-cylinder used 6.5L/100km). The diesel uses 4.1L/100km in the hatch and 4.2L/100km in the diesel.

2017 Peugeot 308 range pricing (plus on-road costs)

Active 1.2-litre petrol auto hatchback - $27,990

Allure 1.2-litre petrol auto hatchback - $32,990

Allure 2.0-litre diesel auto hatchback - $36,990

Allure 2.0-litre diesel auto wagon - $39,490

GT 2.0-litre diesel auto hatch - $42,990

GTI270 1.6-litre petrol manual hatchback - $49,990