Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

All petrol engines (1.4, 1.6 and 2.0) are fairly lively, but a little unrefined. The 1.6 is the best mix of performance and economy. The 2.0 litre engine is offered with 140bhp and more recently with 180bhp in the Feline model, although with near identical torque outputs they feel similar on the road. Peugeot has a reputation for good diesel engines and the diesel models (2.0 with 90 or 110bhp) are both frugal and fun to drive, especially the D-Turbo 110bhp version.

These diesel units were later replaced by 1.6 HDi units in 90 and 110bhp forms and a 2.0 HDi produces 136bhp. Smaller units are hindered by the 307’s substantial bodyweight.

Doesn’t feel as nimble as the 306 it replaces, because safety equipment and added comfort has weighed it down. But it’s safe, solid and easy to drive. Although the steering is light, it’s not easy to park, because the rear pillars are chunky and restrict visibility. Suspension copes well with bumps but doesn’t roll too much around corners.