Since Citroën recently revealed its facelifted C-Elysee, it isn’t a surprise to see that Peugeot has given the 301 a refresh either – because for all intents and purposes, they are the same car. So, the little budget city saloon, which was launched in 2012, has been given a tweak here and there.
You’ll notice that the bonnet has been reshaped and the front end features the brands vertical radiator grille with chrome trim and is flanked by a pair of tinted headlights. The front bumper has been revised too and it gets integrated LED daytime running lights. Around the back of the 301, it features a pair of redesigned taillights with new 3D graphics and it has a new 16in wheels in a two-tone finish.
The C-Elysee got a new infotainment system and so does the Peugeot; the 7.0in touchscreen display is now faster and more accurate and can also display images from the reversing camera. It can also mirror smartphone content via the Mirror Screen triple play connectivity and it has Bluetooth pairing and USB ports. The seat fabric and dash trim is new and it still has a massive boot which can swallow up to 640 litres of stuff. Some of the safety tech includes front and side airbags, ABS, ESP, emergency brake assist, a tyre pressure monitoring system and Isofix mount points.
As for power, a wide range of petrol and diesel engines will be offered but since we don’t get the latter here we’ll focus on the former and the base option will be a 1.2-litre PureTech three-pot unit with 82 horsepower and 118Nm of torque mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Want a bit more oomph? Then the 1.6-litre four-pot with 115 horses and 150Nm - which can be had with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic – is for you.