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Peugeot 308 GT

"Peugeot's warm-hatch may not be the quickest or most responsive, but its dashing good looks and the choice of an estate make it a tempting option."

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The Peugeot 308 GT is the French brand's flagship warm model of their five-door hatchback and SW estate. In lieu of a full GTI mode like its smaller 208 brother, the 308 GT has a split personality, providing sensibility and comfort alongside the promise of the odd thrill here and there.

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The 308 GT is distinguished by a lower ride height, full bodykit and massive 18-inch alloy wheels. A performance package which sharpens up the steering and throttle response is included and inside, the instrument cluster glows red.

The hatchback model is available with both a 1.6-litre e-THP petrol engine which develops 202bhp and a 2.0-litre BlueHDI diesel engine that produces 178bhp. The SW estate is a diesel only option. The petrol is the least economical, with a fuel economy figure of 50mpg, while the diesel delivers a more wallet-friendly 71mpg. Petrol models are limited to a manual gearbox, while the diesel variants are automatic only.

Good points

The GT's sports suspension really helps to drag the 308 out of the mediocre, as its more fine-tuned approach strikes a finer balance between comfort and responsiveness. The Peugeot 308 is also widely considered to be a looker, and the bodykit added to this model does nothing but improve its image. The LED headlights and slick-looking alloys pull the 308 into the 21st century. If you opt for the diesel estate model, the sharp design is teamed with a huge rear load bay and impressive economy figures, making the 308 GT a tempting prospect indeed.

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Bad points

Priced against its rivals, the 308 does not fare well: the Renault Megane GT Nav 220 is quicker and around £2,500 cheaper but, as the name suggests, offers satellite-navigation as standard equipment. Interior quality is poor across the 308 model range and the touchscreen infotainment system is fiddly to use too; the Volkswagen Golf GT 1.4 TSI is similarly priced, but features a much more solid interior and a more intuitive system.

What you get

  • Alloy wheels
  • Metallic paint
  • Folding rear seats
  • Electric folding wing mirrors
  • Alarm
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Passenger & Driver airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Front fog lights
  • Auto climate control
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Front electric windows
  • AUX stereo input
  • DAB Radio
  • Cruise control
  • Sat nav
  • Reversing camera
  • Sports suspension
  • Sports seats
  • Rear electric windows
  • Bluetooth

Recommended optional extras

  • CD player
  • Leather heated seats

Our choice

The 1.6-litre petrol model may not be the most economical choice out of the two available engines, but there will be more smiles per gallon. It also means buyers will experience a manual gearbox, widely considered to be the more involving option for any performance model. Plus, it's around £1,500 cheaper than the diesel to buy.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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