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New Skoda Octavia & Volkswagen Golf vs Peugeot 308

The Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf family hatchbacks have just been updated with more efficient petrol engines. Let’s see how they stack up against the frugal Peugeot 308

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Infotainment systems

Peugeot 308

Allure trim is well equipped, with a 9.7in touchscreen featuring Bluetooth, a DAB radio, a USB port, sat-nav and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. However, the screen isn’t particularly responsive when you touch it, requiring the odd double prod to select menus, while some of the icons are too small to hit with any confidence. Furthermore, some of the graphics look a bit old-hat.


Skoda Octavia

The Octavia’s standard 8.0in touchscreen (optional 9.2in Columbus screen is pictured) is far more responsive than the 308’s, is quicker to process requests and has easier-to-work menus. It, too, has sat-nav as standard, as well as smartphone mirroring, a USB port, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and controls on the steering wheel. However, we do miss the pre-facelifted Octavia’s physical shortcut buttons.


Volkswagen Golf

The Golf’s infotainment system is the same basic 8.0in touchscreen found in the Octavia and features sat-nav, Bluetooth, a DAB radio, a USB port and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Its menus are similarly easy to follow and it’s every bit as responsive. Like the Octavia’s standard system, it features a couple of rotary dials; the one on the left controls volume and the one on the right scrolls through the menus.

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