Maligned as the ugly big brother of the
205, the Peugeot 309 is actually a very capable car.
Introduced in 1986, the 309 is a 3 or 5 door hatchback,
with transverse front wheel drivetrain.
Initially, 1100cc and 1300cc overhead valve engines were
available, taken from older Talbot models, along with
a Peugeot 1600cc overhead cam engine.
1987 saw the 1.9 GTi arrive. Diesel and Turbodiesel models
are also available.
The well balanced handling of the 309 GTi makes it a performance
bargain. A factory 160bhp 16v version is available in
left hand drive only (GTi16), but the 8v GTi is easily
converted to 16v power.
All models have independent front suspension and rear
semi-independent trailing arm suspension with torsion