2018 Peugeot 308 GTI Facelift Review, Price, Interior, Redesign
2018 Peugeot 308 GTi Facelift Review, Price, Interior, Redesign – Like its matrix, the restyled version of the 308 GTi has evolved only smoothly, bringing only slight touches to its front face, a new body tint for its original delivered ” free cut ” and a more important technological content. Technically identical, the compact sport, always as effective, did not really need to update in this area to repel the attacks of its competitors. At least it is the strategy that has been adopted.
2018 Peugeot 308 GTi Exterior Changes
At the restyling of the Peugeot 308, the most convincing stylistic element was the integration of the lion into the more vertical grille. Except that the high finishes and in particular the GTi already had this specificity. That is to say, if the restyling is all the more discreet about this sport. Only the hue of the grid, now black, makes it possible to differentiate it. Just like the three-part shield, now wider. Note also that now, for the amateurs, the delivered free cut is available in a blue duo Magnetic and Black (only red and black before).
2018 Peugeot 308 GTi Interior & Features
On board, the cockpit also plays the continuity. No changes have been made, except for a new control screen, adopting the capacitive technology. For the rest, we find the interior elegantly drawn and well constructed of the compact Sochalienne. Here a more enveloping sports seating, a more opulent finish with red stitching and a small wheel with a thick rim flanked by a GTi crest, as if to recall the sporting value of the beast.
Equipment level, the 2018 Peugeot 308 GTi recovers a battery of driving aid étrennées by its big Brother the 3008 as the automated Park Assist system. The support for keeping in line is now active and, coupled with the blind spot detector, is able to put you back in the right way in case of a discrepancy. Connectivity is also modernized with a system now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
2018 Peugeot 308 GTi Engine & Chassis
A sport of the quenching of a 308 GTi rubs against equally sharpened rivals. And yet, at this restyling, no technical changes have been made. Thus, the small 1.6 turbos developing 270 hp (300 nm), combined with a manual 6-speed gearbox and a limited slip differential torso, is found. On the performance side, it is also the status quo (6 seconds on the 0 to 100 km/h and 250 km/h at peak speed). Fans of power would plague hers, limited in view of what some competitors offer (300 hp for the Seat Leon Cupra, 320 hp for the new Honda Civic Type R and even 350 hp for the RS focus).
But the 2018 308 GTi keeps it a big asset: its mass. With only 1280 kg on the scale, it is much lighter than all these competitors. A lightweight that allows the engine to express itself freely, to contain the consumptions (and thus the amount of the Malus, at only 410 euros) and to offer a very first-order road behavior.
The 2018 Peugeot 308 GTi remains a hell of a machine to carry out. Very agile, it is served by a catchy front train and a direct and precise direction. Well supported by the differential, its motor skills are never taken into default and allow to obtain ideal trajectories at the exit of the curve. The well-studied stage of its gearbox (whose handling is a little spoiled by the long deflections) also allows taking advantage of the resources of 1.6. To finish the dynamic balance, the braking (discs of 380 mm!) is both powerful and enduring. However, the 308 GTi maintains a great versatility, with a soft and progressive motor as early as 1500 rpm and a preserved comfort despite firm cushioning
2018 Peugeot 308 GTi Prices
In the catalog, the 2018 Peugeot 308 GTI of the CRU 2017 is displayed at €38,700, which is €1000 more than before. A rate increase justified by a complete technological equipment. It’s designated rival, the Volkswagen Golf GTI performance, certainly less powerful starts at 37,140 euros but suffered a heavy penalty of almost €1400. And what about the Honda Civic Type R, which, if displayed at a close rate (€38,910), sees his career with us compromised by a huge penalty of more than €6000! The Seat Leon Cupra, in addition to being more powerful and proposed in a very wide range (coupe, 5 doors, break, full or no transmission, manual and Automatic box) is available against €35,000 (Malus of €2500). Finally, the future Megane R. S is scheduled for 2018 and is slow to point the end of its grille.