Peugeot 308 GTi review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£30,745
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Peugeot 308 GTi
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

With the quality and diversity of the hot hatch market increasing at an unprecedented rate, the 308 GTi would have a hard time making a case for itself based on driving dynamics alone. This is something Peugeot is clearly aware of, because the 308 GTi is priced very competitively.

Every model receives a plethora of exterior trimmings which includes sporty side skirts, an aggressive front bumper and rear diffuser, a large twin exhaust system, lightweight 19in wheels, parking sensors, LED headlights and automatic lights and wipers.

Inside meawhile, there's dual-zone climate control, cruise control, and Peugeot's 9.7in infotainment touchscreen complete with sat nav, a reversing camera, a DAB radio, a USB port and Bluetooth capability.

And although it's a hot hatch, it’s also worth considering the 308 GTI’s competitive position on CO2 emissions and company car tax liability. Compared with the Focus RS, Leon Cupra 300 and Golf GTI, the 308 is significantly more fuel efficient and less polluting.

Standard safety kit is comparable with that in most rivals (six airbags come as standard), plus Peugeot offers a Driver Assistance Pack that brings several desirable extras. These include adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.

Security kit includes an engine immobiliser and deadlocks, plus the 308 GTi gets a Thatcham Category 1-approved alarm as standard.

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Peugeot 308 GTi
Peugeot 308 GTi
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The Peugeot 308 GTi is fast and well equipped, but it isn't as involving to drive or as practical as the best hot hatches.

  • Powerful yet clean engine
  • Supportive seats
  • Large boot
  • Numb steering
  • Vague gearshift
  • Tight rear leg room