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The crowd-pleasing Volkswagen Golf gets a power bump-up and goes against the stylishly-designed and well-equipped Peugeot 308.

27 Jul 2016

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Imagine this - you've put in some hard work and got your long-awaited promotion. As such, you're considering upgrading your Japanese daily to a European as a reward.

And because car ownership in Singapore is so expensive, you'd want one that incurs lower road tax costs and is economical to run.

Plus, it would make perfect practical sense to get one that's compact enough for city driving convenience, yet spacious enough for a family of four.

The 1.2-litre Golf has got a bump in power for a finer drive

It's moments like these that cars like the artful Peugeot 308 1.2 and the market-leading Volkswagen Golf 1.2 come to shine. Can the Golf remain top dog or does the 308 bag the win this time round?

Exterior

Taking the fight to the Germans, the 308 is a serious departure from the marque's quirky designs of old, showing that it has done some growing up and is ready to hang around the big boys.


Peugeot's new cars, like the 308, now display a more upright stance with plenty of neat details laid around the exterior. One of our favourites is the car's new slim and distinctive headlamps.

Designers of the Golf haven't done as much on the drawing board but that's not to say the Golf isn't a pleasant car to stare at.

It's sharp lines, charming fascia and distinctive side profile have worked for years and won't lose its crowd-pleasing beauty anytime soon.

The 308's (left) more decorated face is a welcoming sight compared to the Golf's (right) barer fascia

The 308 does, however, sport a more 'upmarket' set of 17-inch rims as compared to its rival's mundane 16-inchers and does hint at being the more expensive car.
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Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

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3-cylinder in-line 12-valve DOHC PureTech Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1199cc

Horsepower

:

96kW (129 bhp)

Torque

:

230 Nm

Transmission

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6-speed (A) EAT6

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

10.7sec

Top Speed

:

200km/h

Fuel consumption

:

19.2 km/L

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Price

: -

Engine Type

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4-cylinder in-line TSI Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1197cc

Horsepower

:

77kW (103 bhp) / 5500 rpm

Torque

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175 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

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7-speed (A) DSG

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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10.2sec

Top Speed

:

192km/h

Fuel consumption

:

20 km/L

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