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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Peugeot 308 GTI

Overall verdict
Peugeot's hot hatch renaissance continues. The 308 GTI has a joyously wild streak


Manages to be both wild to drive and easy to live with


Plenty of ergonomic quirks to keep you busy, though


What is it?

Peugeot’s hot renaissance, the French firm rediscovering its joie de vivre after comprehensively losing it when it stopped making the 106/205/306 GTI. The 308 GTI is an enjoyable thing, but it’s got its work cut out if it’s got any hope of taking class honours, as it’s up against some very serious competition indeed – not least the established VW Golf GTI and Seat Leon Cupra and young upstarts like the Hyundai i30N.

Still, there are red stripes, dual exhausts, those three letters and some subtle styling revisions. The 308 GTI original launched with either 248bhp or 267bhp outputs; as the former did without a clever front differential, and the party this latecoming Frenchie rocked up up to seems to prefer big power outputs, then that 248bhp model felt somewhat irrelevant.  

Enter the stringent WLTP regulations which have seen the higher powered model trimmed down to 258bhp and the base car lopped off the price list completely.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6 PureTech 260 GTi 5dr
6.0s 148g/km 43.5 262 £30,480
The cheapest
1.2 PureTech 110 Active 5dr [6 Speed]
10.1s 98g/km 57.6 110 £20,920
The greenest
1.5 BlueHDi 100 Active 5dr
91g/km 76.3 102 £21,560