THE NEW PEUGOT 308GTI
Available in two versions: the GTI 250 and the GTI 270 both powered by the same 1.6 litre turbo charged engine marks the return of the iconic GTi badge to the medium car division since the 1990’s. With both models weighing in at just 1205kg this enables the 308 GTi 250 to sprint to 62mph in just 6.2 seconds, with a power-to-weight ratio of just 4.82kg/hp. The 308 GTi 270 sets a new segment record for power-to-weight – at just 4.46kg/hp – and reaches 62mph in a mere 6.0 seconds flat.
Upon first glance, the Peugeot may seem very ordinary but look deeper and you will notice the subtle hints of red in the front spoiler and the rear and side GTi badge, twin tailpipes and led headlights. The interior on the other hand has quite the premium feel with detailed red stitching in the seats, massage function to help de-stress on the move, a full panoramic roof, keyless go, leather perforated steering wheel with a GT badge and a 9.7″ touchscreen all designed to offer the ultimate driving experience.
Switching on the ignition displays a chequered flag GT greeting on the instrument panel, accompanied by a sporty ‘Redline’ colour scheme on the touch screen.
You’ll also be struck by an impressive, top-quality cabin that wears its sporting heritage with pride. Here, the New 308 GT really excels, combining aluminium pedals, stainless steel door sills and Anthracite-coloured roof headliner and trim parts. The upholstery, dashboard, door panels and gear lever convey style and quality, with floor mats adding a final touch of GT flair. Each detail has been carefully crafted and finished, enhancing and enriching your driving experience.
Above the steering wheel is the head instrument panel, which displays all the key information you need whilst driving such as speed limits and navigation to keep your eyes focused on the road for increased safety.
The driver sport pack adds a further boost to your driving experience. Once activated, the dials turn red with a visual display or power, torque, turbo pressure and acceleration. The steering wheel becomes sharper and the accelerator pedal responses alongside an amplified engine sound.
The 308 boasts a list of safety features including Peugeot connect SOS and Assistance – a vehicle locating technology which allows you to call for help following a breakdown or emergency as well as a driver assistance pack that includes emergency collision autonomous braking – for greater security.
The Peugeot 308 GTi is a decent car with elegance but also has some flaws that can’t be ignored such as the unintuitive touch screen which can be quite complex with it;s sub menus and navigation. The steering wheel is also placed in such a way that it makes it difficult to see the lower instruments, though is can be lowered if preferred. I am also not too keen on the amplified engine sound. I would have preferred to have heard the actual roar an engine which holds a lot of power.
The PEUGEOT 308 GTi 250 is priced at £26,555 on the road, while the PEUGEOT 308 GTi 270 (which has more power, the Torsen differential, 19” wheels, larger front brakes and sports seats) is priced at £28,155.