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The Top Gear car review: Peugeot 308 GTI
For:Manages to be both wild to drive and easy to live with
Against: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.
The fastest1.6 PureTech 260 GTi 5dr
The cheapest1.2 PureTech 110 Active 5dr [6 Speed]
The greenest1.5 BlueHDi 100 Active 5dr