It was an effortless journey on motorway and windy Welsh roads. The 308 has the power to keep up and beyond on fast roads and the grip and handling to hold its own around bends. It’s very comfortable, too, although my gripes about the infotainment system remain. I’ve given up on DAB radio, with the intermittent cutting out of my favourite songs too much to bear. I am, however, finally getting on with Bluetooth, although one phone call recipient said I sounded “like I was at the bottom of the ocean”.
The return journey felt a bit more tame – unsurprising, given that I’d been throwing cars such as the Porsche 911 R and Ferrari 488 GTB on the track. The Peugeot inevitably feels dull compared with those, but even so, the return to my trusty GTi for the drive home was welcome.
A problem occurred recently with one of the 308 GTi’s front parking sensors. It became stuck on for a minute or so, even when driving forward with no obstructions ahead whatsoever. A ‘parking sensor failure’ warning light flashed up on the dashboard, too. It hasn’t played up since, but it’s something we’re keeping a close eye on.
PEUGEOT 308 GTI 270
Price £28,990 Price as tested £29,320 Economy 37.6mpg Faults None Expenses None Last seen 5.10.16
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