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Car Wars Wednesdays: Peugeot 308 vs VW Golf

October 7, 2015

It’s hump day and you may well be in need of a little excitement to get you through to the weekend – so in today’s edition of Car Wars, we’re putting two hatchbacks head to head.

See how the impressive Peugeot 308 GTi compares to the king of hatchbacks: the VW Golf GTI. We’ll be covering design, features, performance and price – and we can even help you with car finance, too.


The VW Golf is instantly recognisable, with a tried and tested design that’s naturally been tweaked over the years to create this stylish, practical and comfortable car. As we’ve come to expect from VW, the Golf’s interior is simple, well-designed and finished with high quality materials throughout. The comfortable and roomy ride can fit 3 adults in the back – and comes with plenty of storage space, as well as a decent sized 380 litre boot.

The Peugeot 308 is also well-styled and definitely gives the VW Golf a run for its money. Inside the cabin you’ll find an aesthetically impressive interior – with a simple and functional dashboard and a 470 litre boot.

For its smart interior and ample storage space, the design round goes to the VW Golf.


In the battle of Peugeot 308 vs VW Golf, kit is a key factor. With the VW Golf, the entry level comes with a decent amount of standard equipment – which includes a touchscreen infotainment system, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry, GTI styling packs, climate control and more. If you’re willing to splash out more cash, you can customise the car to suit your every need – starting with the desirable Performance Package.

The Peugeot 308 GTi also has plenty to offer in terms of standard features. The entry level 308 GTi, includes Sport Styling, DAB Digital Radio, a Multi-Function Colour Touch Screen and keyless entry. As you move up the specs in the range, you’ll have a choice of alloy wheels, reversing cameras and dual zone climate control.

In terms of features, both models are packed with kit – but for us, the Peugeot 308 comes with enviable extras, meaning they bag this round.

Performance and Handling

It should come as no surprise that both of these cars are exciting and fun to drive. The Peugeot 308 GTi’s 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine comes with 247bhp or 266bhp – with the latter sprinting from 0-62mph in just 6 seconds flat. Opt for the VW Golf GTI and the 227bhp 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine and you’ll get from 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds. When it comes to fuel economy and emissions – returning 47.1mpg and emitting 139g/km of CO2 – these cars are on par.

For speed alone, the Peugeot 308 scoops this round.


The Peugeot vs Golf war comes to an end by comparing prices. The VW Golf GTI is the cheaper option, starting at £25,845 compared to the Peugeot 308 GTi’s £26,555 price tag. Although VW are renowned for retaining their value, for higher specs you’ll end up shelling out more than you would for a range-topping Peugeot.

When it comes to price tags, Peugeot gets our vote.

Verdict: As family hatchbacks go, both the 308 and the Golf have bags to offer drivers – but with an impressive 3 out of 4 rounds, the Peugeot takes today’s title.

Do you agree with today’s winner? If you’d like to own either of these cars, why not let the Car Loan Warehouse give you a boost with the finances? We have a number of VW Golf finance and Peugeot 308 finance deals to suit everyone. You can get a no obligation quote when you apply online, or an instant estimate with our online car finance calculator.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.