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VALUE Up­dated model is about $1000 more ex­pen­sive than pre­de­ces­sor but has much more driver as­sist tech­nol­ogy as well as self-park­ing, key­less en­try and start and more up-mar­ket trim. Other stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes sat­nav, elec­tric park brake, dual-zone air­con and an air-con­di­tioned glove­box. It lacks the Renault’s rear air vents, though. War­ranty is only 3 years/100,000km and servicing is due ev­ery 12 months/15,000km and costs $1665 for three years. DE­SIGN-TECH The 308 is more un­der­stated. The dash de­sign is clean and sim­ple with min­i­mal but­tons. The only blem­ish is an in­stru­ment panel that is par­tially ob­scured by the steer­ing wheel for most driv­ers. Knee and head­room are tighter than Megane but the boot is roughly the same size. The cen­tre screen is easy to op­er­ate, al­though hav­ing to use the screen to ad­just the air­con is a pain. EN­GINE Lineball with the Megane on power, but has more torque avail­able lower down. On the open road, with sport mode se­lected for sharper throt­tle re­sponse and gear shifts, it hus­tles along at a de­cent clip. It’s also quiet and smooth. Of­fi­cially, it uses slightly less fuel (5.1L/1OOkm v 5.6L) while it will reach 100km/h in a claimed 9.1 sec com­pared with 10.3 for the Renault. SAFETY The diesel ver­sion re­ceived five stars in Europe. Matches the Renault’s six airbags, re­vers­ing cam­era and blind spot mon­i­tor­ing and has ac­tive cruise con­trol and pre-col­li­sion brak­ing. DRIV­ING Tthe 308 is the more ac­com­plished ve­hi­cle through a set of cor­ners. It feels planted, the sus­pen­sion copes bet­ter with cor­ru­ga­tions and the steer­ing feels sharper. The bet­ter over­all bal­ance means it is hap­pier when asked to change direc­tion. Around town it is also more com­fort­able.

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