Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 06 July 2016

When I first saw the Peugeot 308 GT, initially I was under the impression that it was just going to be another family hatchback, draped with some bold styling. With its sensuous navy blue body, LED lighting and wide flared arches, it appears to be another well-dressed family hatchback, but it’s so much more than that!

308 GT - TB3To start, the French have always been about flare, passion and finesse and the Peugeot 308 GT is no exception. It sets itself apart from other European family hatchbacks with its stylish appearance, LED front and rear lighting and overall unique, yet conservative styling cues.

308 GT - TB45The 308 line-up consists of several models and I think it’s best compared to a thermometer; Depending how sporty you are feeling, you can select the model in the range which is comprised of:

– Peugeot 308 Active (Warm)

– Peuegot 308 GT Line (Warmer)

– Peugeot 308 GT (on test for this review) (Hot)

– Peugeot 308 GTi (unfortunately not bound for SA) (Boiling Point)

With varying degrees of power, the Peugeot 308 Active has a ( 81 Kw ; 205 Nm ) engine, while the 308 GT Line features the 1,2 litre Puretech turbo engine which delivers ( 96 Kw ; 230 Nm ) and then onto the 308 GT which I have been driving which offers a 1,6 litre turbo engine and produces ( 151 Kw ; 285 Nm ) and finally the 308 GTi, this is the most powerful model in the lineup, it produces ( 200 Kw ; 330 Nm ), however this brute is unfortunately not destined for SA.

308 GT - TB1With the 308 GT’s electrifying sport switch, the speedometer dials glow red, the engine sounds are amplified and the 0 – 100 Km/h sprint is dealt with in 7,5 seconds. Peugeot claim that the 308 GT will average a combined consumption of 5,6 litres per 100km, a figure I am inclined to believe, having driven the 308 GT Line along the Western Cape garden route over 1500km, I was incredibly impressed at how light the 308 can be. With the 308 GT, I spent a week in heavy urban driving conditions, and was still able to average around 7,8 litres per hundred kilometers.

308 GT - TB7Enough about engines, the Peugeot 308 is about much more than that! The vehicle offers a top notch air of solidity, everything within the vehicle has been comprised of high-grade materials and the drive which the 308 GT delivers is nothing short of top notch. I am also a massive fan of the large “fan blade” styled alloys on which the Peugeot 308 GT rides.

308 GT - TB6When you step inside, you will notice that the cabin sports a dark racing style dress code, with an array of suede, leather and quality dark panels adorning the entire cabin. The black high comfort seating is stitched in racing red and the seats massage you as you power along for the drive. The Peugeot Citroen designed large Smeg+ media interface is simple, clean and remains easy to operate. The one thing to note with the media centre, is that it includes controls for the vehicle climate control, this can make adjusting these settings a bit tricky, especially when motoring.

308 GT - TB4As the Peugeot 308 sits on the larger family hatchback vehicle lines, it offers more than enough interior space, it also offers a large boot with dimensions of 370 litres and seats which fold flat in the standard 60/40 configuration split.

308 GT - TB9The Peugeot 308 line-up has not yet gained the popularity which it deserves in South Africa, largely due to the German manufacturer orientated market which exists within our borders. In Europe however, the Peugeot 308 is an incredibly popular option within this segment of vehicle. I am confident that anyone who experiences the Peugeot 308 line-up will be in for a treat, with a range of automobiles which combine luxury, solidity, sportiness and gorgeous design.

SA Pricing (as at date of review):

R399,000

Watch driving the Peugeot 308 GT below:

 

Also be sure to watch my road trip journey in the Peugeot 308 GT Line:

And a drive in the more compact Peugeot 208 GT Line:

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