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Posted By Chris Auty on Nov 13, 2012

Back in 2010 Peugeot revealed their hottest 308 and slapped a #8216;GTI#8217; badge on its rump before selling it across mainland Europe. Here in the UK we got the same car but it was called a #8216;GT#8217; instead. It may seem like an odd move but that missing #8216;i#8217; says a lot more about the 308 GT than you might think.

Peugeot 308 GT Review

The Peugeot 308 GT THP 200 . to give it it#8217;s fill title, is the quickest 308 to date. Powered by the same 200bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged engine as the stylish RCZ it will hit 60mph in 7.5 seconds and flat out it can cover 147 miles in an hour. That#8217;s none too shabby but these days anything taking over seven seconds to reach 60mph starts to look a bit inadequate.

That#8217;s why the GT badge makes so much sense. Bringing the 308 to the hot-hatch-crazy UK market badged up as a GTI would have been akin to painting a big bullseye on it and asking the motoring press to take potshots. That#8217;s before you consider the rose-tinted memories of the 306 GTI-6, the legendary 90s hot hatch that left an enormous pair of shoes for future GTIs to fill.

308 GT features discrete rear spoiler and grey wheels.

Discrete Performance

The 308 GT is only available as a five-door hatchback with none of the coupe-esque shenanigans that its rivals indulge in. With a discrete rear spoiler it doesn#8217;t shout about its performance and only the standard black 18-inch wheels and front LED running lights mark the GT out as the sporty model. Heck, there aren#8217;t even any GT badges to give the game away. If you like your hot hatches to boast about their credentials then you may be disappointed by the 308#8242;s understated looks.

On the other hand, it#8217;s great for catching other drivers unawares.

Inside you#8217;re treated to comfortable and supportive half-leather seats, dual-zone climate, cruise control, speed limiter, rear parking sensors, auto-folding mirrors, auto headlights and wipers, Bluetooth, and a stereo with USB and MP3 compatibility, all as standard. The optional panoramic sunroof (£370) with its electrically sliding blind lends the cabin a bright and airy feel and, even though the glass doesn#8217;t open, it really does lift the ambience inside.

Chrome highlights contrast with gloss black panels on the dash with easy-to-read white dials in the instrument cluster. It#8217;s a shame the 308 can#8217;t inherit the same high-res LED displays as seen in the 208 as the red-on-black LCD displays are starting to look a bit dated, and some of the plastics on show fall behind the standards of some rivals.

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Generous specification on the 308 GT includes Bluetooth, USB and MP3 stereo

Rear accommodation is good with plenty of room for large child seats and decent leg room for adult passengers. That leg room isn#8217;t at the cost of boot space either, with a decent 430 litres of space to fill (1398 if you drop the rear seats).

Lively Performance

The engine shares the same zest for life as it does in the RCZ and comes with the same snappy six-speed manual gearbox. It#8217;s a great pairing that make the 308 feel livelier than the figures suggest, topped off by a sporty  exhaust note. The resonance chamber tucked away inside the exhaust system adds a depth and character to the high revving antics and, while you know the noise you#8217;re enjoying in the cabin isn#8217;t quite the real thing, it#8217;s difficult not to enjoy it.

At first you may think the 308 GT is a bit too soft. The suspension is very supple and both driver and passengers benefit from a comfortable ride that does a great job of masking imperfections in the road. That might lead you to think that the GT will be all soft and woolly when the pace picks up but once you start to make rapid progress you find that the 308 can easily handle it.

It might not reward keen drivers like a Renaultsport Megane would but it is a lot easier to live with when you#8217;re not on maximum attack down your favourite road. The steering uses a variable-assistance rack and lacks ultimate feel but you can still place the 308#8242;s nose right where you want it in a corner.

Lack of GT badge reinforces the understated approach

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