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Peugeot 308 GTi

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    A PUG WITH TEETH (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    Peugeot's 308 GTi takes on strong rivals at the top of the family hatchback shopping rocket segment but it's well prepared for the task. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 55

    Peugeot has a strong history in family hatch-sized GTi contenders. The brand's 308 GTi model is one of the most potent ever, a hot hatch that produces up to 270bhp and in this improved form, is even more ready to do battle in this sector with the Ford Focus ST and the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

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    Ever since the launch of the 205 GTi, Peugeot has been a go-to brand for hot hatch fans. The company's shopping rocket models include a roll-call of outstanding performance cars: the 309 GTi, 206 GTi, 306 GTi-6... and so on, right up to the more recent RCZ R, 208 GTi 30th and 208 'GTi by Peugeot Sport' models. Back in 2015, that same 'Peugeot Sport' division brought us this car, the 308 Gti, a model now usefully updated. In a sector filled with impressive hot hatches, the 308 GTi is aimed at the very top of the tree. That means its rivals include the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Ford Focus ST and the Renaultsport Megane. It'll have to be very good indeed to succeed in this exalted company.

    Driving Experienceword count: 191

    The 308 GTi is aimed at the enthusiast end of the market - in every way a red-hot hatch. Hence the effort that's gone into tuning both the chassis and the 1.6-litre THP turbo engine, a unit now offered only in its top 270bhp guise. Performance is strong, this model quicker over the benchmark sprint than a rival Ford Focus ST. This 308 will get from a standing start to 62mph in 6.0 seconds, en route to a top speed of 155mph. The kit tally includes a hi-tech Torsen limited-slip differential, this channelling the power to the wheel with the highest grip. That makes this Peugeot deceptively quick through the bends. Through those turns, this car feels taut and responsive, with bodyroll well controlled, despite a suspension set-up that's also tuned to be compliant over broken surfaces. Enthusiastic drivers will want to press this 'Sport' button that ramps up the engine note, sharpens the throttle response and turns the instrument lighting from white to red. For this kind of progress, you'll want to perfect gearchange shifts you'll have to make via a 6-speed manual transmission - there no paddleshift auto option.

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