The new Peugeot 308 is the quintessential hot hatch. When it appeared on the scene in 2016, the main competition was a tired Renault Megane RS, the Ford Focus ST and the 162 kW Golf GTi. However, this year was a different story. The hot hatch segment has exploded with powerful offerings including the Honda Civic Type R, Golf GTi DSG and Hyundai i30N. So, we thought it was a good time to shine a spotlight on the Peugeot 308 GTi to showcase why it still deserves some serious consideration for any hot hatch lover.
On paper, the 1.6 litre engine in the Peugeot 308 GTi shouldn’t stand a chance against the 1.8 litre or 2.0 litre units in the competition. However, the 308 GTi has a turbocharged four cylinder engine that delivers a massive 200 kW power and 330 Nm torque to the front wheels through a six speed manual transmission and mechanical locking differential. While there is a potential for lag with a large turbocharger and small displacement, the 308 GTi makes it work to smoothly reach the redline. Despite this impressive performance, this Peugeot 308 has a fairly frugal 6.0 litres per 100 kilometre fuel economy.
The Peugeot 308 2018 model showcases the innovative iCockpit layout. This features high set instruments and a smaller steering wheel for a more ergonomic feel. The digital readout is easy to read, and when you flick into Sport mode, the whole gauge cluster illuminates a cool red.
The 9.7 inch touchscreen takes centre stage with minimal buttons and controls to distract your attention. The MY18 update added Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with a quicker touch response and cleaner interface.
The Sport bucket seats, metal gear knob, and leather wrapped steering wheel combine to provide a sporty feel for this Peugeot 308. The bucket seats feel comfortable, yet offer enough support for any petrol head looking to take a driving adventure. Additionally, the 308 is spacious enough to accommodate three adults in the rear with plenty of headroom. This is supported by an impressive 470 litres of cargo space that can be increased to a cavernous 1309 litres when the rear seats are folded. The model is also equipped with a full sized spare rather than a space saver.
While the 208 GTi feels rather playful, this bigger sibling has a more refined feel. There is hardly any body roll with sharp turn ins. The limited slip diff makes cornering smoother, and there is plenty of grip offered by the Michelin Pilot Sports tyres. All of these elements combine to allow you to channel that 330 Nm to the wheels, confident that you can lean on the diff to drag you out when you’ve turned in. Although this may not feel like the most track focused hatch on the market, it certainly has a distinct sporty feel on the road.
If you would like to know more about the Peugeot 308 GTi, Perth drivers should call in and see us. We’d be delighted to answer any of your queries and arrange your Peugeot 308 test drive.