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Peugeot 308 GT-Line review: hands-on

The Peugeot 308 GT-Line is quirky, but lovable.

Peugeot 308 GT-Line review Australia

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Take a look at the photo above. What do you think?

I reckon the Peugeot 308 GT-Line is one of the best-looking hatches on the market at the moment.

It is priced from $34,990 and that is exactly the spec that our test car came in. There were no options or extras fitted – which makes quite a statement.

You don't see many 308s on the road, and in the sales charts, Peugeot is well behind more established manufacturers in Australia.

Maybe that's because, at that price, it is duelling with some quality, well-appointed and, frankly, more powerful competitors. For instance, you could get the Mazda 3 G25 GT or the Kia Cerato GT for a similar price.

But should you?

What's it like inside?

Inside the cabin of the 308, everything is quite simple. You get a couple of buttons, a 9.7-inch infotainment screen, a uniquely shaped flat-bottom steering wheel and some seats.

That's probably oversimplifying the interior a bit, but I don't think that is a bad thing at all – it just seems to work.

With no order sheet options ticked, you get cloth seats that are manually adjustable, but they are still comfortable to ride in. As the driver, you'll be able to set yourself up in quite an agreeable driving position, with the Peugeot's trademark dashboard sitting above the steering wheel.

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A lack of telescopic adjustability of the steering column does mean those with shorter arms and longer legs may have to fine-tune the seating.

There is one USB port up front, which you can connect to your phone in order to engage Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on the 9.7-inch touchscreen.

Through the touchscreen, you will be able to control most things, including the dual-zone climate control, driver safety technology and satellite navigation. While the graphics might be slightly behind the times, there weren't really any complaints about the system itself.

For miscellaneous item organisation, you'll find a small storage bin and a single solitary cup holder, which is also a bit small in its own right. Surely the driver can call dibs?

Throw some keys or your phone into the cup holder and you might find they disappear or get wedged in some crevices. You see, the cup holder also folds up for some additional storage space ... or to find your missing keys.

In the back, there is one USB port to share between passengers – if they can fit in there. In truth, there isn't that much legroom for adults, but it should be adequate for smaller kids. Put it this way, I couldn't fit behind the driver seat, which was set in my driving position.

You get the two standard cup holders in the back and storage bins in the door. There's also a little ski-hatch in case you need to carry something like fishing rods or other longer, narrow cargo, but don't want to fold the seats down.

If you do need to fold them forward, they separate into two segments, with a 60/40 split.

What is the boot like on the Peugeot 308 GT-Line?

Peugeot makes 435 litres available to you with a nice, deep cargo space. In technical terms, that's a fantastic amount of storage in a vehicle this size. For context, the MG HS SUV we reviewed the other week had 463 litres, and it's an SUV!

It beats out virtually every competitor in this regard, with fellow Euro import, the Volkswagen Golf coming in at puny-by-comparison 380 litres.

What is the Peugeot 308 GT-Line like to drive?

On paper, things look a bit grim. Peugeot has done away with the old 2.0-litre turbo from the 308 GT and replaced it with a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder "PureTech" turbo petrol unit that produces an underbaked 96kW and 230Nm of torque. If you want more spice in your life, then you'll want to plump for the GT, which has 165kW.

It is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that goes about its business without fuss.

All is not what it seems though. You see, the 308 GT-Line weighs in at just 1,122kg meaning, while the output numbers still aren't all that impressive, it is quite a satisfying drive.

On the daily commute, it will get the job done without fuss. If you need that bit extra in certain situations, say, overtaking, it'll admirably step up to the mark.

There is also the "S" button, which sharpens everything up. With that turned on, it honestly feels like it has more power than it does on paper.

The steering is also well weighted and with the rather unique, flat-bottomed shape of the smaller-sized steering wheel, directing it through corners is just about enjoyable. But not everyone reading this is worried about how much fun it is through corners.

Peugeot 308 GT-Line Australia

So, I'll hit you with some real-world character traits.

It has a 10.4-metre turning circle, meaning parking and manoeuvring into spots or around tight carparks is a breeze. This is just a metre more than a tiny Kia Picanto GT.

Suspension is set up towards the stiffer side, but without rattling your spine to pieces. But, this is to be expected if you are buying this new subclass of sporty GT-Line vehicles. The ST-Line Focus, for instance, is much the same.

Fuel consumption is rated at 5 litres per 100kms by Peugeot; however, we couldn't replicate those figures with a combination of city and highway driving. We were a bit liberal with our use of the Sport button, which saw our final figure come to 8.3 litres per 100kms.

How safe is the Peugeot 308 GT-Line?

You get a fair bit of kit as standard in this little hatch. By default, you get the following:

  • Blind spot monitors
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane keep assist
  • Driver attention alert
  • Distance alert system (vehicle in front)
  • Smart high beam system
  • Reverse camera with proximity sensors

Not to mention that when last tested, the 308 received a 5-star ANCAP safety rating.

The verdict

Despite its quirks, the 308 GT-Line is a brilliant little car. It's great to look at and engaging to drive, if not slightly underpowered. At this price point, it is competing with hatches with a bit more power and, in the case of the Mazda 3 in particular, more premium interiors.

But none of them look this good.

Compare some options to finance a Peugeot 308 GT-Line

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Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comparison Rate (p.a.) Monthly Repayment View Details CTA
Plenti Car Loan
From
4.89%
(fixed)
5.44%
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.89% p.a.
Borrow up to $100,000 with a Plenti Car Loan and benefit from no early repayment or exit fees.
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.89% p.a.
Borrow up to $100,000 with a Plenti Car Loan and benefit from no early repayment or exit fees.
Loans.com.au - New and Dealer Used Car Loan
From
4.67%
(fixed)
5.22%
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.67% p.a. based on your risk profile
Finance a new car and benefit from features such as fast approval, no ongoing fees and an optional balloon payment. Settle the loan before 30 November 2021 and enter the draw to win a $1,000 fuel gift voucher. T&Cs apply.
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.67% p.a. based on your risk profile
Finance a new car and benefit from features such as fast approval, no ongoing fees and an optional balloon payment. Settle the loan before 30 November 2021 and enter the draw to win a $1,000 fuel gift voucher. T&Cs apply.
IMB New Car Loan
4.99%
(fixed)
5.34%
You'll receive a fixed rate of 4.99% p.a.
A low minimum borrowing amount of $2,000 that you can use to purchase a new car or one that's up to two years old.
You'll receive a fixed rate of 4.99% p.a.
A low minimum borrowing amount of $2,000 that you can use to purchase a new car or one that's up to two years old.
Credit Concierge Car Loan
From
3.85%
(fixed)
4.91%
You'll receive a fixed rate of 3.85% p.a. with a comparison rate of 4.91% p.a.
Get access to over 20 providers to fund a new or used car.

You'll receive a fixed rate of 3.85% p.a. with a comparison rate of 4.91% p.a.
Get access to over 20 providers to fund a new or used car.

NRMA New Car Loan
From
4.99%
(fixed)
5.69%
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.99% p.a.
Purchase a new or used car up to 2 years old and benefit from a fixed rate and no monthly fees. Pre-approval available within 5 business hours.
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.99% p.a.
Purchase a new or used car up to 2 years old and benefit from a fixed rate and no monthly fees. Pre-approval available within 5 business hours.
Wisr Secured Car Loan
From
4.74%
(fixed)
5.01%
You'll receive a personalised interest rate from 4.74% p.a. to 16.01% p.a. based on your risk profile
A flexible car loan from $5,000 - $63,000 with personalised rates and rewards for strong credit customers.

You'll receive a personalised interest rate from 4.74% p.a. to 16.01% p.a. based on your risk profile
A flexible car loan from $5,000 - $63,000 with personalised rates and rewards for strong credit customers.

RACV New Car Loans
From
4.99%
(fixed)
5.69%
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.99% p.a.
A larger loan of $5,000 or more to help you buy a new or used car. 5-hour pre approval available and no ongoing fees.
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.99% p.a.
A larger loan of $5,000 or more to help you buy a new or used car. 5-hour pre approval available and no ongoing fees.
NAB Personal Loan Unsecured Fixed
From
6.99%
(fixed)
7.91%
You'll receive a fixed rate between 6.99% p.a. and 18.99% p.a. ( 7.91% p.a. to 19.83% p.a. comparison rate) based on your risk profile
An unsecured loan up to $55,000 you can use for a range of purposes and pay off over up to 7 years. Note: Majority of customers will get the headline rate of 12.69% (13.56% comparison rate) or less. See Comparison rate warning in (i) above.
You'll receive a fixed rate between 6.99% p.a. and 18.99% p.a. ( 7.91% p.a. to 19.83% p.a. comparison rate) based on your risk profile
An unsecured loan up to $55,000 you can use for a range of purposes and pay off over up to 7 years. Note: Majority of customers will get the headline rate of 12.69% (13.56% comparison rate) or less. See Comparison rate warning in (i) above.
OurMoneyMarket Car Loan
From
5.35%
(fixed)
5.65%
You'll receive a fixed interest rate from 5.35% p.a. to 14.99% p.a. based on your risk profile.
Borrow between $2,001 and $75,000 to finance a new or used car up to 10 years.
You'll receive a fixed interest rate from 5.35% p.a. to 14.99% p.a. based on your risk profile.
Borrow between $2,001 and $75,000 to finance a new or used car up to 10 years.
CUA Secured Fixed Car Loan
6.79%
(fixed)
7.16%
You'll receive a fixed rate of 6.79% p.a.
A secured loan with a high maximum borrowing amount up to $100,000. Redraw facility and no monthly fees.
You'll receive a fixed rate of 6.79% p.a.
A secured loan with a high maximum borrowing amount up to $100,000. Redraw facility and no monthly fees.
Latitude Personal Loan (Secured)
From
5.99%
(fixed)
7.26%
You'll receive a fixed rate between 5.99% p.a. and 21.99% p.a. based on your risk profile
Lock in a competitive fixed rate when you offer security. Loan can be used for any purpose and repayments are flexible. You can check your interest rate before applying with no impact to your credit score.
You'll receive a fixed rate between 5.99% p.a. and 21.99% p.a. based on your risk profile
Lock in a competitive fixed rate when you offer security. Loan can be used for any purpose and repayments are flexible. You can check your interest rate before applying with no impact to your credit score.
Stratton Finance New Car Loan
From
4.05%
(fixed)
5.63%
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.05% p.a. depending on the lender you are approved with
Apply for up to $250,000 and use cash or trade in a vehicle to use as a deposit. Optional balloon payment available.
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.05% p.a. depending on the lender you are approved with
Apply for up to $250,000 and use cash or trade in a vehicle to use as a deposit. Optional balloon payment available.
SocietyOne Car Loan
From
6.99%
(fixed)
6.99%
You'll receive a fixed rate between 6.99% p.a. and 20.49% p.a. based on your risk profile
A loan from $5,000 to use for a range of purposes. Benefit from no ongoing fees and no early repayment fee.
You'll receive a fixed rate between 6.99% p.a. and 20.49% p.a. based on your risk profile
A loan from $5,000 to use for a range of purposes. Benefit from no ongoing fees and no early repayment fee.
Driva Car Loan
From
3.95%
(fixed)
5.1%
You'll receive a fixed rate from 3.95% p.a.
Borrow up to $250,000 with loan terms from 1 to 7 years. Get access to a range of lenders.
You'll receive a fixed rate from 3.95% p.a.
Borrow up to $250,000 with loan terms from 1 to 7 years. Get access to a range of lenders.
NRMA Used Car Loan
From
6.49%
(fixed)
7.19%
You'll receive a fixed rate from 6.49% p.a.
Finance a used car with NRMA and benefit from a fixed rate term and no monthly fees. Pre-approval available within 5 business hours.
You'll receive a fixed rate from 6.49% p.a.
Finance a used car with NRMA and benefit from a fixed rate term and no monthly fees. Pre-approval available within 5 business hours.
Symple Loans Personal Loan
From
5.75%
(variable)
6.47%
You'll receive a personalised interest rate from 5.75% p.a. to 25.99% p.a. based on your risk profile
Borrow up to $50,000 to pay for what you need.
You'll receive a personalised interest rate from 5.75% p.a. to 25.99% p.a. based on your risk profile
Borrow up to $50,000 to pay for what you need.
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Name Product Roadside Assistance Accidental Damage Storm Choice of Repairer Agreed or Market Value
Budget Direct Comprehensive
Optional
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Awarded the 2019 Finder Award for the Best Value Car Insurance, this policy offers solid coverage at a low cost plus you will get 15% discount on first year's premium when you take out a policy online. Budget Direct’s claims service has received a 4.2/5 based on nearly 5,000 customer reviews.

Who it might be good for: People who want a comprehensive policy without breaking the bank.
Bingle Comprehensive
Market
Finder's summary:Bingle consistently comes up as one of the cheaper insurers out there. It only covers the basics, so you don't get to choose your own repairer, you're not covered for personal items in the car and unless you add it as an option, you won't get a hire car if your car is stolen. But this keeps its premiums low.

Who it might be good for: Someone who wants a low-cost option that covers them for the basics.
Coles Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Coles have two-tiers of comprehensive car insurance to choose from. You'll earn double flybuys points at Coles supermarkets and you can get $10 off your Coles grocery bill every time you redeem 2,000 Flybuys points. If you're over 30, you can get roadside assistance free for a year.

Who it might be good for: Coles customers and Flybuys collectors.
Poncho Comprehensive
Agreed
Finder's summary: Poncho works like a monthly subscription – you pay monthly and can cancel and leave at any time. You can also list multiple cars and drivers under one policy, making it ideal for families and groups living together under one household.

Who it might be good for: People who want their car insurance month to month.
Woolworths Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Woolworths catches our eye due to some unique perks like a price-beat guarantee, where it'll beat any current comparable comprehensive renewal notice if you're over 25. You'll also get 10% off your grocery shop once a month and can add roadside assistance onto your policy for just $7.35 per month.

Who it might be good for: Woolworths shoppers and those that want to take advantage of its price-beat guarantee.
Qantas Comprehensive
Optional
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: You'll be able to choose how comprehensive you want your cover to be with optional extras like choice of repairer and the option of agreed or market value. Plus earn Qantas Points for joining and paying your premium. Sign up by 2 May 2021, you can earn up to 30,000 Qantas Points (points awarded will be based on your premium). T&Cs and eligibility apply.
ahm Comprehensive
Optional
Both
Finder's summary: ahm comprehensive car insurance lets you choose higher excess to reduce your premiums plus you can get up to 15% off when you purchase a new car insurance policy. T&Cs apply. Additionally, their Fixed Kilometre Plan can save you up to 30% compared to their standard comprehensive cover.

Who it might be good for: People who drive less than 15,000 km per year.
Virgin Comprehensive
Optional
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Finalists for the 2019 Finder Awards for Best Value Car Insurance, Virgin Comprehensive provides a good level of cover for a decent price. Get 15% off on your first year’s premium when you purchase a new eligible comprehensive car insurance online. T&Cs Apply.
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