Peugeot 308 GTi review – a genuine alternative to the Golf GTI - MPG and running costs

An exciting hot hatch with typical French quirks

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from £29,000
  • Sophisticated dynamics, performance, style inside and out
  • Interior layout may completely rule the car out for some

The benefit of the smaller engine, says Peugeot, is reduced CO2 emissions and fuel consumption and as a result Peugeot claims 47mpg on the combined cycle. On paper this makes the 308 GTi a class leader in terms of efficiency, with Peugeot claiming a potential 47mpg on the combined cycle.

It’s an impressive figure, particularly when you consider that some of the smaller less powerful hot hatches, Ford Fiesta ST included, actually manage less.

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However, by using the 308 GTi for what it was designed for, and driving it with any verve, will see that mpg figure plummet. We achieved closer to 30mpg during our tests.

Running costs are mainly going to consist of front tyres. The ease with which you can make the wheels spin means the tyres don’t last very long. Sadly the 235/35 Michelin Pilot Super Sports aren’t cheap and a pair will likely set you back around £450.

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Peugeot offers a 2 year unlimited mileage warranty as well as a free optional extra year provided by its dealer network in the UK.

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The 308 GTi was previously available with its engine in two different states of tune, you had the choice of either 247bhp or 266bhp. However, everyone opted for the latter so the least powerful option was ditched.

That’s fine by us though, as the top of the range version not only had more power but it also came with bigger 19-inch wheels, a Torsen limited slip differential and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres. All of which make the 308 GTi a more engaging drive.

The 308 GTi is available in a colour called Magnetic Blue, it’s a deep and vivid colour. It is a £525 option, but it’s worth it for the multitude of compliments it will attract.

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