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2019 Peugeot 308 GT Review | carsales

2019 Peugeot 308 GT Review | carsales

When car companies introduce limited edition
sports models they’re often offering more performance for more dollars. But not in the case of the Peugeot 308 GT. Only 140 examples of the GT are coming to
Australia … with less power at a lower price than the famous 308 GTi hot hatch it is related
to. It’s an intriguing way to go about it and
not necessarily a bad way either … because the GT is a fun little jigger to drive. A detuned version of the GTi 1.6-litre turbo-petrol
four-cylinder drops 35 kilowatts and 45 Newton-metres in the GT, but it’s still enthusiastic. This engine offers an Aussie first as it’s
fitted with a petrol particulate filter to reduce pollution emissions. It’s already common technology here for
diesel engines. And the GT’s price? Well that’s down $6000 to a starting point
just under $40,000 before on-road costs. While that is pretty appealing, it is pitched
directly up against one of the great hot hatch bargains of modern times, the Hyundai i30
N. And as fun as the Pug is to drive on a twisty
road with it’s sports suspension, accurate steering and decent brakes, it’s not in
the Hyundai’s league… But what the 308 GT has going for it against
plenty of hotter hatches is this, an automatic transmission. While they are mostly manuals. the new Aisin eight-speed in the 308 GT makes
life a hell of a lot easier if you are going to try and live with this car every day. Mind you living with the GT is for couples
not families. Those big sports seats up-front help squeeze
rear-seat passengers even further. And then you’ve got to deal with Peugeot’s
infuriating i-cockpit, where your view of the instrument panel is blocked unless you
dump the steering wheel into your lap. Some people love it, some of us just don’t. Then there’s the lack of proper cup and
bottleholders … which is annoying … and the lack of buttons so you have to adjust
most things through the touch screen … which is less annoying. The 308 GT is not mild and its not wild, it’s
not expensive and it’s not cheap, it’s not the best car in the category and it’s
far from the worst. It’s limited in numbers but not in the way
it behaves … in this case less is a good thing.

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