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Peugeot 308 GTI
The Top Gear car review:Peugeot 308 GTI
What is it like on the road?
It conducts itself with a French nonchalance that’s borderline arrogant, the way it’s able to deliver 270bhp to its front wheels is pretty extraordinary – even when attempting to match its 6.0sec 0-62mph time. Add a taut chassis, which has that beguilingly French trait of suppleness combined with real control, and it’s got most of its rivals beaten when it comes to ride comfort, too.
There’s loads of grip, and the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine’s never short of urge, if lacking a bit of charisma. You can press a Sport button to pipe some sound through the speakers, but we’d not bother. Doing so changes the dials an angrier red too, but you’ll have to take our word for it, as you’re unlikely to see them behind the odd, not round and ridiculously tiny wheel.
Annoying as that is, the biggest complaint is that the daft-shaped thing lacks anything that might be described as feel. Did you not drive the 205 GTI from your heritage fleet before engineering this, Peugeot?