Barn owl white – the new colour for the Peugeot 308 GT…?

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I’ve invented a new colour name for the 308 GT – barn owl white. I know this because I’m having breakfast this morning with one (an owl, that is) perched on my gatepost.

It looks remarkably similar. Surely it’s about time Peugeot coughed up and admitted it stole the colour for Car Couture’s test car this week from Mother Nature. A £50 donation from each one sold to the RSPB perhaps?!

I’m off on safari to Kenya tomorrow, so apart from some well-battered Land Rovers, there won’t be much in the way of car reviews for a week.

At least there’s no chance of running in to the lesser-spotted Clarkson and crew making some pointless film on the Serengeti…

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There’s something of the Audi A3 about the profile of the Peugeot 308 GT…

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Daydreaming as I listen to England play New Zealand at cricket today, I couldn’t help noticing the 308 GT has a profile that bears close resemblance to the Audi A3.

No bad thing. This GT version is growing on me all the time too. The 308 is the 2014 European Car of the Year and building on such a sound model has its benefits.

While a hot hatch model is in the pipeline, the GT will have more than enough grunt for most people. The steering lacks precision and the suspension is softer than an ‘enthusiastic’ driver might like but you can still enjoy a winding country road.

And the GT has the Driver Sport Pack as standard – which means a generally more responsive feel to the controls all round. It’s no Audi A3 to drive, but for £24,000 it’s great value for money…

Does the Peugeot 308 GT have more to offer than just a sound bite?

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First impressions of the GT suggest it’s a lot more ‘sporty’ on the inside than out. The interior is top quality but the exterior styling is rather less inspiring.

Slip behind the wheel though and this 308 has a few surprises. It moves along at a fair old pace, although not in the same league as the Focus ST or Renault Megane RS.

This is a warm hatchback rather than a hot one but for many people, it will be the perfect compromise between daily commute and weekend sporty fun.

This is best ‘amplified’ by the Sport button on the dashboard. The GT sounds like any other 308 on start-up. But depress the Sport button and a more growly exhaust note is pumped through the car’s speaker system.

It’s an odd world we live in when you have to fake the exhaust note isn’t it but as everybody else wants to offer acoustic exhausts in their cars these days, why shouldn’t Peugeot?

Let’s see if this 308 GT has more to offer than a sound bite…