What price brand snobbery? About six grand, if you want to put a number on it. That’s the difference in value between two comparable nearly-new hot hatches, one from VW and one from Peugeot. Why shine the spotlight on these two cars though? In an age where hot hatches have gained drift modes, 300bhp-plus power outputs and chase supercar lap times around the Nurburgring I reckon the real battle for the heart and soul of the genre remains between the brands that invented it. And the one that perfected it.
Dan Trent: Is Peugeot's 308 GTi the ultimate value old school hot hatch?
Exposure to a Performance Car review of the Lamborghini Countach 5000QV at an impressionable age set Dan Trent on course for a life-long obsession with cars. Immersion in the world of used car temptation with a spell as editor of PistonHeads.com only sealed the deal, compulsive online tyre-kicking now a daily ritual. He’s still some way off that Countach though.
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