By most accepted measures, the Peugeot 308 CC has no right to be as good as it is. The 308 model line as a whole was merely a heavily facelifted version of the rather unlovely 307, so it was reasonable to expect more of the same. Instead it was clear that beneath the surface Peugeot had been getting the fundamentals squared away with some efficiency. When it appeared in UK dealers in June 2009, the 308 CC was offered with a choice of three petrol engines (1.6 VTi 120, 1.6 THP 140 Auto and 1.6 THP 150) alongside two diesels (HDi 110, and HDi 140). Four trim levels were offered with Sport being the entry level for the more modestly powered engines, rising through SE, GT and GT100, which was reserved for the THP 150 engine.
Things stayed this way until May 2011 when the 308 range was given a thorough revision. The styling was tweaked, better quality interior materials were utilised, safety equipment improved, more efficient engines appeared and the trim structure changed to Access, Active, Allure and GT.