2016 Peugeot 308 GTi 250 Review

2016 Peugeot 308 GTI 250

2016 Peugeot 308 GTi 250 Road Test and Review.

Peugeot are definitely on the money with the new Peugeot 308 GTi 250. The famous French car company hasn’t really seen glory days since the iconic 205 was discontinued in 1998.

Since then there have been a few attempts by Peugeot to recreate the magic, but all failed to strike a chord with drivers…until now.

The 2016 Peugeot 308 GTi 250 looks the goods from all angles, but in particular from the back. Thanks to muscular haunches and a squat, fat back end, it all points at what’s in store when you get behind the wheel.

2016 Peugeot 308 GTI 250Inside the Peugeot 308 GTi it is obvious that Peugeot have taken their own path.

The dash architecture is unique, and it works. The instrument binnacle sweeps across the top of the dash, oddly the tacho needle swings in a reverse direction,  but it all makes sense very quickly.

The central high resolution screen controls everything from the climate system, sat-nav, vehicle settings, audio system and phone controls. It all falls within easy reach and works seamlessly.

It’s a stylish place to be and it’s beautifully built. From the leather wrapped door handles, to the big comfortable seats, there is just nothing to fault in the cabin, it’s class leading.

The steering wheel itself is an absolute delight thanks to a smaller than normal circumference, while the metallic gear knob adds to the drama.

It feels like an high-end premium European product, with great attention to detail.

Crank up the 1.6 litre turbocharged engine and the fun really begins. It’s got a nice note and it loves to rev. Hit the sport button and the growl becomes deeper and more aggressive, the instruments glow red and the urgency increases.

It’s quick, 0-100km/h in just 6.2 seconds thanks to 184kW and 330Nm. You’d expect all that power channeled through the front wheels would mean serious torque steer, but with a trick electronic differential, there’s not even a hint of it.

The ride is firm but forgiving. The steering is perfectly weighted and provides detailed feedback from the road surface beneath you, and the balance is sublime.

The grip seems endless from the Michelin Tyres and it just eats corners at any speed.

At this stage the Peugeot 308 GTi 250 is only available in manual, however the notchy 6-Speed gearbox lets you exploit the engine to its full potential and really adds to the fun.

There’s the tiniest amount of turbo lag, then explosive power that slingshots you out of corners…it shouldn’t be this good, but it is.

Rivals include the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Renault Megane RS and the Ford Focus ST.

The Peugeot trounces them with a sophisticated drivetrain, great looks and a chic European cabin. Yes, it costs a bit more than the Golf but you can feel where your extra money has been spent.

The 308 GTi 250 has a more powerful sibling, the GTi 270 (the 250 and 270 figures denote the amount of available horsepower).

Reports suggest the more powerful version ups the ante even more, but don’t discount the 250, it’s a cracker. In fact it could well be car of the year…

Nuts and Bolts - 2016 Peugeot 308 GTi 250

Engine: 1.6 litre turbo-petrol producing 184kW and 330Nm

Transmission: Six-speed manual

Warranty: 3yrs/100,000km

Safety: Five star

Origin: France

Price: from $44,990

About the author

Chris Miller

Chris is a writer and co-host of the Behind the Wheel podcast. He is a radio broadcaster by trade and is an evening presenter on Magic 1278 in Melbourne with previous roles at several stations. He also does daily reports for the Australian Traffic Network. A self declared car tragic and for as long as he can remember Chris has been obsessed with them. The inner child in him still gets excited when he spots something exotic on the road.

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