Peugeot 308 GTi long-term test review: sibling competition
Source : Peugeot 308 GTi long-term test review: sibling competition
Our car includes a cheaper, less powerful sibling. Which is actually better?
Our Peugeot 308 GTi 270 is actually the crème de la crème of the range, yet there is actually a cheaper sibling to consider: the 308 GTi 250.
The 266bhp GTi 270 covers 0-62mph in 6.0sec, versus 6.2sec inside 247bhp GTi 250, as well as also its list cost is actually £28,990 compared with the 250’s £27,290.
The GTi 270 wins hands down on the aesthetics front, ticking far more boxes on the ‘what a hot hatch should look like’ list than the 250. As for equipment, our 270 has 19in ‘Carbone’ alloy wheels, while the standard 250 gets 18in ‘Diamant’ alloys (although our 250 test car had the 19s fitted as an £675 option).
Our car gets GTi bucket seats with red stitching as well as also Peugeot Sport branding. The 250 has sports-style seats with no Peugeot Sport logos, although I hardly noticed the difference. various other additions for the 270 are red brake calipers with 380mm front discs as well as also a limited-slip diff.
So how noticeable are the modifications behind the wheel? The most immediate contrast is actually the considerable extra poke inside 270. The 250 certainly isn’t slow, yet even below 2000rpm the item feels notably less potent than its big brother.
The absence of the diff on the 250 makes for a less taxing experience, with less torque steer. In many ways, the 250 makes more sense, because the item’s a little bit more relaxed. yet the diff is actually well suited to the 270, pulling you towards the apex in a corner. By comparison, the 250 is actually more inclined to understeer. True, you need to be going for the item to definitely appreciate the extra agility as well as also traction provided by the diff, yet in a car designed for press-on driving, the higher level of cornering ability counts for a lot.
So if the item were my money, I’d go for the 270. If you want a fast, goodlooking Peugeot, the 250 will do just fine. yet if you’re a driver looking for of which final 4-5%, you’ll appreciate the 270 more. The extra power as well as also focus as well as also beefier looks make the item worth the extra £1700. as well as also the sales figures agree: three-quarters of UK 308 GTi buyers opt for the 270.
PEUGEOT 308 GTI 270
cost £28,990 cost as tested £29,320 Economy 35.4mpg Faults None Expenses None Last seen 24.8.16
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