PEU­GEOT 308 GTi 270

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A step up from the base model, The 270 gets more power, big­ger brakes, an alarm, 19-inch al­loys with Miche­lin tyres and sports bucket seats. Good­ies in­clude elec­tric park­ing brake, key­less en­try and push-but­ton start, front and rear sen­sors, re­verse cam­era, sat­nav and dual-zone cli­mate con­trol. But our “ul­ti­mate red” paint was $1700, the 3-year/100,000km war­ranty is only av­er­age and capped ser­vic­ing is dear at $2270 for three years, $3965 for five. The GTi is more sub­tly styled than the Subaru. Only big­ger wheels and brakes and dual ex­hausts hint at its sporty in­tent. The cabin styling is more overt, with a flat bot­tomed, small di­am­e­ter leather trimmed wheel and heav­ily bol­stered seats with em­bossed lo­gos and red stitch­ing. A sport but­ton sharp­ens the throt­tle re­sponse, amps up the ex­haust sound and dis­plays dig­i­tal read­outs on

per­for­mance pa­ram­e­ters. Tacho nee­dle goes the wrong way. The 308 is out­gunned on pa­per, 200kW/330Nm against 221kW/407Nm, but at roughly 320kg less it has a bet­ter power-to-weight ra­tio. Throt­tle re­sponse isn’t instant but in-gear ac­cel­er­a­tion is im­pres­sive. The ex­haust note is a bit muted for a hot hatch. It claims 8.2L/100km and Subaru 10.4L — real word use bears out the dif­fer­ence. There are six airbags, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing and au­to­matic ac­ti­va­tion of haz­ard lights un­der emer­gency brak­ing. It has mas­sive front brakes, but lacks blind spot mon­i­tor­ing and au­to­mated emer­gency brak­ing. The 308 diesel scored five stars and 35.82/37 in crash test­ing. A hoot, with sharp steer­ing and plenty of grip from the Miche­lins, aided by elec­tron­ics that shift the drive be­tween wheels to im­prove grip. Be gen­tle with the throt­tle ex­it­ing cor­ners or the wheel will tug in your hands, but it feels com­posed and ca­pa­ble through cor­ners. The clutch feels light but the shift ac­tion is mushy and long-throw. The ride is firm but more com­fort­able than the Subaru.

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