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This month’s road test puts me in the driving seat of the new Peugeot 308 GTi. Many people have been waiting for the arrival of the 308 GTi for some time – hoping that Peugeot can reignite the flame on the GTi stage.
So, did Peugeot get it right?
Power and Efficiency:
Let’s get straight to the business end shall we. 272bhp and 0-62 in 6.0 seconds, then moving on to a top speed of 155mph. This performance comes from a finely tuned 1.6 litre Turbo petrol engine that sounds like it’s trying to escape from its shackles under that brilliantly designed chassis. Fuel economy is also good with a combined 47.1mpg.
On the road:
The 308 is a very playful sports hatch that is not only powerful and safe, but it can also be a practical hatchback. I am sure that any modern motorist will find it a real giggle. Plus, if it all starts to go wrong you have the assurance of Peugeot’s fantastic ESP program watching over you like a little butler.
So, what makes the 308 a real GTi? Well, underneath you will find an involving chassis that is dynamic and provides a superb driving sensation. It’s also agile, reactive and has a massive form of balance from one turn to the next. To be honest, it really is a joy to drive.
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Design and Interior:
The 308 GTi offers a first rate experience that is achieved through a combination of interior quality, attention to detail and a wide range of equipment and technology. There can be no doubting the sportiness in the form of an anthracite-style feel right up to the roof, along with the red stitching features on the dashboard.
Technology:
Inside, it’s all good. There is plenty of standard kit – like a DAB Radio , duel zone climate control, Bluetooth handsfree, leather steering wheel, electric front windows, colour navigation along with a whole load of kit that would take me ages to write it all out here.
To sum up:
I like the Peugeot a lot – it gives you all the things you want from a proper GTi. Welcome Back Peugeot!
Price: from £28,155
Top speed: 155mph
0-62mph: 6.0sec
Economy: 47.1mpg (combined) emissions g/km (139)
Engine: 1.6 Petrol

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.