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The Top Gear car review:Peugeot 308 GTI
For:Practical, good looking and fast
Against:Everything else is all that too – and with more added fun
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 likes of the VW Golf GTI and Seat Leon Cupra.
Still, there are red stripes, dual exhausts, those three letters and some subtle styling revisions. The 308 GTI is offered with either 248bhp or 267bhp; as the former does without a clever front differential, and the party this latecoming Frenchie is rocking up to seems to prefer big power outputs, then that 248bhp model seems somewhat irrelevant.