This month’s road test puts me in the driving seat of the new Peugeot 308 GTi. Many people have been waiting for the arrival of the 308 GTi for some time – hoping that Peugeot can reignite the flame on the GTi stage.
So, did Peugeot get it right?
Power and Efficiency: Let’s get straight to the business end shall we. 272bhp (203kW) and 0-62mph in 6.0 seconds, then moving on to a top speed of 155mph. This performance comes from a finely tuned 1.6 litre Turbo petrol engine that sounds like it’s trying to escape from its shackles under that brilliantly designed chassis. Fuel economy is also good with a combined 47.1mpg.
On the road: The 308 is a very playful sports hatch that is not only powerful and safe, but it can also be a practical hatchback. I am sure that any modern motorist will find it a real giggle. Plus, if it all starts to go wrong you have the assurance of Peugeot’s fantastic ESP program watching over you like a little butler.
So, what makes the 308 a real GTi? Well, underneath you will find an involving chassis that is dynamic and provides a superb driving sensation. It’s also agile, reactive and has a massive form of balance from one turn to the next. To be honest, it really is a joy to drive.
Design and Interior: The 308 GTi offers a first rate experience that is achieved through a combination of interior quality, attention to detail and a wide range of equipment and technology. There can be no doubting the sportiness in the form of an anthracite-style feel right up to the roof, along with the red stitching features on the dashboard.
Technology: Inside, it’s all good. There is plenty of standard kit – like a DAB Radio , duel zone climate control, Bluetooth handsfree, leather steering wheel, electric front windows, colour navigation along with a whole load of kit that would take me ages to write it all out here.
To sum up: I like the Peugeot a lot – it gives you all the things you want from a proper GTi. Welcome Back Peugeot!
Specifications: 2016 Peugeot 308 GTI
Engine: 1.6-litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol 272bhp (203kW)
Transmission: 6-speed manual, four-wheel drive
Economy: 47.1mpg (combined) emissions g/km (139)
Top speed: 155mph
Price: from £28,155
Test Location: United Kingdom