Peugeot’s baby car agency now includes a new GT Line variant, but does the 308’s flagship advantage alive up to its $35K bulk tag?
Earlier this year, Peugeot Australia cut its 308 auto agency bottomward to two variants, deleting the adventurous GT due to apathetic sales and artlessly alms an entry-grade Allure from $30,499 (plus on-road costs) and a new top-spec GT Line, which we’re testing here.
On auction aback April 2020, the 308 GT Line is priced from $34,990 additional ORCs and shares the aforementioned baby 1.2-litre three-cylinder agent with the Allure.
Yes, sadly, this agency Peugeot’s punchier 165kW 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo acclimated in the GT is no best accessible – and the 308 GTi hot bear is continued gone from the archetypal range.
Well, anticipate of it as the French manufacturer’s acknowledgment to Hyundai’s i30 N Line (from $35,590) or a Kia Cerato GT (from $33,490).
Though defective adjoin its two Korean rivals in the achievement stakes – both are able with a 150kW 1.6-litre turbo-petrol agent – the 308 GT Line wins credibility back, to a degree, with a solid account of accepted features.
The 308 is a minnow in the baby car segment, which is bedeviled by the Toyota Corolla, the i30 and Cerato, as able-bodied as the ever-popular Mazda3 and Volkswagen Golf.
The catechism is, does the Pug deserve a attending in?
Peugeot has bigger the continuing of the 308 GT Line by alms drive-away appraisement of $35,990 – aloof $1000 added than the recommended retail price.
This action is due to expire on September 30, 2020, but ability be extended, or could at atomic be acclimated as a acceding apparatus by -to-be buyers, into the final division of the year.
A advantageous account of accepted accessories is on board, including a across-the-board canteen sunroof – that spans about the absolute roof – LED headlights and fog lights, red autogenous highlights and a sports exoteric administration backpack which adds a adorned avant-garde bumper, ancillary brim extensions, a altered grille and an bankrupt tip.
We like the actuality that there are one-touch up/down windows for every passenger, 18-inch ‘diamond cut’ admixture auto and automated wipers.
Meanwhile, the disciplinarian is encapsulated by Peugeot’s iCockpit and a ample axial infotainment awning that break up a rather minimalist layout.
Safety and disciplinarian abetment appearance accommodate free emergency braking (AEB), dark atom monitoring, lane abandonment admonishing with lane accumulate assist, acceleration assurance acceptance and a ambit active system.
The 308 ambit comes with the French brand’s five-year/unlimited-kilometre assurance with roadside abetment and ‘Peugeot Bulk Promise’ servicing.
Servicing is due every 12 months or 15,000km, with the ‘promise’ clearing at $1441 over the aboriginal three years and $2293 beyond bristles years.
Inside, there aren’t a lot of soft-touch surfaces, and adjoin absolute rivals the 308 GT Line feels a little cheap.
Carefully scrutinise the aperture trims and you’ll apprehension some ragged edges breadth bogus surfaces meet.
It’ll be up to you to adjudge whether to attending accomplished these detail credibility and booty a bigger-picture view, in a berth which is accessible abundant to acquisition your way around.
If accustomed a abounding bulk of cartage consistently is on the agenda, you’d appetite the three in the aback to be accouchement or baby adults.
Rear allowance is accomplished for bodies of boilerplate height, about the standard-issue sunroof gobbles up some added space.
Rear legroom and amplitude for the anxiety beneath the avant-garde seats is decidedly good, but the backrest feels a little too annealed and cocked and the bank abject could do with a little added under-thigh support.
Meanwhile, the being sitting in the centre-rear bank will be advised to a seatbelt catch that address into their larboard buttock.
The rear bank has a 60/40-split folding action to extend the 308’s burden bulk to as abundant as 1274 litres – up from the standard, and absolutely decent, 435L back the rear seats are upright. Helping maximise amplitude is the admittance of a space-saver additional caster beneath a apocryphal attic in the baggage area.
As for rear bank amenities, the 308 GT Line comes with two adolescent bank binding points, a map abridged either side, a baby fold-away accumulator bin with a distinct USB atrium and aperture pockets big abundant for a alcohol canteen and a few vape sticks, or whatever the kids alarm them these days.
Outward eyes is acceptable from the rear seat, acknowledgment to a hardly college basement position. However, it misses out on rear air-conditioning vents.
It’s appealing bright that the Peugeot 308 GT Line is best ill-fitted to singles or couples, conceivably those absent a baby car that’s a little added arbitrary and different than a all-over Toyota Corolla and Co.
From the driver’s seat, the cushioning and bolt upholstery are comfortable, but at $35K covering trim to bout the GT Line’s perforated leather-bound council caster wouldn’t hurt.
The disciplinarian is additionally alone handed chiral bank acclimation as against to electric, which is a downer.
In the technology department, the avant-garde Peugeot iCockpit is on lath (more on that here), while a 9.7-inch touchscreen controls the audio, altitude control, agent settings and more.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone apery comes standard, as does satnav, agenda radio and Bluetooth connectivity.
In practice, though, the axial assemblage can be arresting and finnicky to use, abnormally back aggravating to acclimatize air-con settings whilst on the move.
It additionally takes best than accepted to recognise your buzz already acquainted in via USB, generally acute an un-plug/re-plug, and there’s a cogent adjournment amid what the (kind of blurry) abandoning camera shows on awning against the car’s absolute position – to the point you could calmly hit an article that appeared to be added abroad than you thought.
Our added capital breadth of disappointment apropos the accumulator solutions, or abridgement of them, in the 308.
The glovebox is almost big abundant to fit the owner’s manual, while the distinct cup-holder in the centre animate can alone absolutely calmly authority a can of bendable drink.
Yes, there is alone one bona fide cup-holder up front. Back not in use, it can be covered over with a sliding lid – advantageous if you’ve got things like parking tickets or bill to adumbrate – while the bedlam lid on the centre animate box can additionally be abashed advanced and acclimated as an armrest, if the cup-holder is not in use…
Sure, you could backing your added drinks in the huge aperture trim pockets up front, aloof so continued as they’re closed because there’s no mouldings to authority a canteen or cup in place.
On the road, the Peugeot 308 GT Line’s little 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol agent is zippy, sending its 96kW of ability and 230Nm of torque to the avant-garde wheels.
It doesn’t booty off with a abundant accord of pep, but with best torque blame in at 1750rpm it feels abundant bigger already at speed. On paper, Peugeot says it’ll booty 11.0 abnormal to advance from standstill to 100km/h.
The steering, while durably weighted, feels a little bogus and disconnected, with a adaptable array of feel to it. It absolutely takes some accepting acclimated to.
A abridgement of about-face paddles underscores the actuality that this top-shelf 308 doesn’t absolutely alive up to its ‘sporty’ characteristics – its GT Line badging is added about the looks – and back alive the gearstick to chiral approach and thrumming through the gears, it will generally avoid – or artlessly not recognise – the driver’s inputs.
During accustomed driving, 308’s six-speed Aisin automated manual can additionally feel abashed at low speeds, but comes acceptable already you’re on the move at college speeds.
The engine’s start/stop button analogously doesn’t consistently acknowledge at aboriginal touch.
The 308 feels able-bodied sorted on the road, with an able bulk of alley and tyre babble abolishment and acceptable feel to the anchor pedal. It becomes alone hardly active over acrid bumps and potholes, demography best aural its stride.
If annihilation else, the Peugeot 308 GT Line absolutely offers a point of aberration to the bigger-selling boilerplate models that boss the baby car category.
It offers a blow of chichi French ability in a accurate little – admitting cher – package, after aggravating to alloy in and be article it’s not.
Whether it’s the best advantage for that bulk of money? We’ll leave that for you to decide.
How abundant does the 2020 Peugeot 308 GT Line cost?Price: $34,990 (plus on-road costs)Available: NowEngine: 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrolOutput: 96kW/230NmTransmission: Six-speed automaticFuel: 5.0L/100km (ADR Combined)CO2: 113g/km (ADR Combined)Safety rating: Five-star (ANCAP 2014)