Volume does not necessarily equal sportiness. This is a thing of which Peugeot in particular needs reminding. See, the 308 GT has a Sport button. Like other such buttons, it dials in an armful of unwelcome heft to the steering, puts the auto ’box into DEFCON 3 and ups the sensitivity of the throttle pedal.
It also ups the noise. Not by popping open a set of baffles in the exhaust, à la Aston Martin, or even by piping existing engine noise into the cabin. Oh no – it begins a ridiculous, totally dominating synthesised soundtrack. What does it sound like? A bit five-cylindery – like an Audi quattro, just one that’s suffered a heavy front-end impact. Nothing like a little, four-cylinder diesel, that’s for sure.