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Peugeot 308 GTi Is Too Discreet, UK Reviewer Finds Trunk Is Man-Sized

That has to be one of the weirdest titles we've written all month, but we think hot hatch aficionados will read this story no matter what we write at the top just because the 308 GTi is a hot topic. So we only had to get all you nonbelievers to join the fun as well.
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Carbuyer reviews are known for their quirky ways of proving the practicality of a vehicle. They show bananas and big bottles all the time, but it's been a while since somebody tried to fit inside the trunk of a car.

The 308 GTi can easily swallow a grown man because Peugeot designed the car to have tighter rear seats and a bigger luggage compartment.

While the French hot hatch looked extremely funky in the press photos that previewed its arrival, the real thing is very discreet. In fact, this press car is even more so than a Golf GTI. Sure, there's a stripe there and an alloy here, but some people might not notice you've spent £26,555 on a Peugeot. The interior is also Golf-like because it lacks the crazy orange accents of a Focus ST or yellow belts of a Megane RS.

The turbo engine used here is the automotive equivalent of margarine because you just can't believe it's not real butter. Instead of a 2.0-liter like everybody else uses, Peugeot stuck a 250 horsepower 1.6-liter under the hood. The upside is that this has made it much faster.

For £28,155, you can have the same engine with 270 PS, better tires, bigger brakes and a limited slip differential. You should do that!

We think that while everybody else is preoccupied with Nurburgring lap records, Peugeot has tried to make hot hatchbacks with comfortable suspension and good fuel economy. Considering that average customers are into their late 30s, that's actually smart thinking.

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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