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The Top Gear car review:Peugeot 308 GTI

Overall verdict
Peugeot’s back on form, though it’s a GTI in an R/RS world and it struggles to engage.


Practical, good looking and fast


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.  

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 £29,860
The cheapest
1.2 VTi PureTech Access 5dr
13.3s 114g/km 56.5 82 £16,320
The greenest
1.6 BlueHDi 120 Active 5dr
9.7s 82g/km 91.1 120 £21,170
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