If the petrol-run very hot hatchback is winding down into retirement, it is probably time to replicate on just how fantastic we’ve had it. Specially of late. Absolutely sure, the 1980s and ‘90s are rightly cited as legendary eras for pent-up entrance-pushed effectiveness, but maybe it is significant time we contemplate just how relentlessly excellent the 2010s were. And not just at the 200hp amount of rambunctious RenaultSports and manic Minis the last ten years-and-a-little bit have been arguably the golden interval for larger sized warm hatches. Not least because of, like it or loathe it, their unlimited chipping absent at the entrance-wheel-generate ‘Ring report.
When the Golfing GTI and Megane RS have historically dominated at reverse finishes of the 250hp-ish spectrum, the sheer amount of choice in among – Type R, Cupra, Target ST, i30N and now 128ti – shouldn’t be forgotten. And slap bang in involving the whole good deal lived the Peugeot 308 GTI, a motor vehicle of alluringly bipolar character.
You want a downsized small turbo engine that’ll soar previous 40mpg with regularity? It’s perched up front, mated solely to a six-velocity handbook gearbox. You want five-doorway practicality without a check out-tricky human body package pasted atop? Overlook the optional two-tone paint, exhibited by the auto we have here, and Peugeot nailed a little bit of modesty not each and every competitor in this sector can claim (we’re all on the lookout at you, Honda). Crave a little bit of lift-off-oversteer frivolity when the mood takes you? It arrived baked into the GTI, a automobile whose temper morphed rather neatly with your very own. And for all its thriftiness, the 1.6-litre THP engine – shared with the esoteric RCZ R – really does like to rev.
Peugeot introduced the vehicle in two iterations, of 250 or 270hp output, the latter wearing a ‘by Peugeot Sport’ suffix and boasting a Torsen confined-slip diff up entrance. Considerably like in the dinkier 208 GTI, it is this ‘BPS’ model you actually want.
And that’s the 1 on supply in this article. At a quid less than £13,500 it’s amongst the extremely most affordable 308 GTIs on sale, and if you can cope with the colour scheme – by itself much more than a very little bipolar – it’s perhaps in the most attractive spec achievable. Owning protected 46,000 miles in 6 years, it’s with any luck , not been labored too challenging across its somewhat brief daily life, either.
There are quirks to stay with. Shrill beeps and chimes pervade an interior not screwed together like a German, Japanese or Korean rival’s. That dinky minimal steering wheel will extra than most likely compromise your driving position – you’ll very likely sit a small larger than usual in purchase to combine a comfortable arm position with full visibility of the dials – whilst the dinky rim also lends the steering an eagerness akin to a modern Ferrari rack. Alone not an terrible comparison, and it does necessarily mean that even when plodding together performing the practical things a mid-dimension 5-doorway match majors in, you will constantly have a little flavour of the fun that lies beneath.
You could have neglected Peugeot even manufactured a 308 GTI, allow alone a genuinely rather superior one, given just how lots of fine hatches have spilled from the previous 10 years. Not minimum simply because this is one of the several that refused to insert its identify into the at any time-growing Wiki thread of ‘Ring lap periods. But possibly that clarifies some of its inherent attraction as a bit of an outlier. And the reality you can devote north of £20k on more recent examples suggest you will not be by yourself in placing a worth on subtlety. Beneath the skin, at minimum.
Specification | Peugeot 308 GTI by Peugeot Sport
Engine: 1,598cc four-cyl turbo
Transmission: 6-pace guide, entrance-wheel travel, LSD
Electric power (hp): [email protected],000rpm
Torque (lb ft): [email protected],900-5,500rpm
First registered: 2016
Recorded mileage: 46,000
Price tag new: £28,155
Yours for: £13,499