Fast fun for a modest sum
The Peugeot 208 GTi range includes potent, hot-hatch, versions of the brand's supermini class vehicle. Its purpose is to be fast, thrilling and stylish; yet reasonably affordable. It brings performance to the masses rather than reserving it for the wealthy.
Engine, performance, fuel economy and emissions
Power comes courtesy of a 1.6-litre, 208hp, turbocharged petrol engine which is bolted to 6-speed manual transmission. Expect: 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds, top speed of 143mph and 300Nm of torque at 3,000rpm. This power plant also averages a pleasing 52.3mpg, and low carbon emissions of 125g/km ensures road tax costs very little.
The Peugeot 208 GTi exterior hints at its speed and ensures it stands out from tamer cars. Highlights include the: 17” alloy wheels, red brake callipers and fashionable, GTi, badges. These complement a chequered flag grille that includes the brand's name (in red), piano black and chrome inserts plus a low, red, finisher.
Peugeot's “i-Cockpit” incorporates a compact, sports, steering wheel that provides “precise steering and improved manoeuvrability”, the motor manufacture explained. It complements the head-up display that projects information such as speed onto the windscreen. This minimises the need to look away from the road.
The 208 GTi – that comes in 3-door hatchback form with a decent 285-litre boot – also has black, half-leather, sports seats embossed with a GTi logo. Branded sill finishers and gloss black interior handles enhance its status further. The seats, armrest, gear lever gaiter and leather handbrake have red contrast stitches.
Standard 208 GTi equipment includes the: 7” touchscreen interface, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlamps, automatic windscreen wipers, front fog lights, tyre pressure monitor and tinted rear/side windows. The GTi Prestige trim adds: a panoramic roof, satellite navigation and black alloys.
208 GTi by Peugeot Sport
The 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport could be considered the ultimate version of the hot-hatch. It sits 10mm lower to the ground than the GTi and GTi Prestige, has a 6mm wider track, revised shock absorbers plus larger, 18”, wheels to further enhance the handling.
The electronic stability and traction control systems have been recalibrated to “make them less intrusive”, the manufacturer explained. Also, exterior enhancements include optional dual-tone paintwork. The bonnet, doors and most of the roof could be black, for example - whereas the tailgate and- rear quarters could be red.
208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition
The GTi by Peugeot Sport follows in the footsteps of the 30th Anniversary trim. Drivers have to look closely to spot the differences, in fact. The latter marked the anniversary of the Peugeot 205 GTi which now has legendary status amongst enthusiasts.
Peugeot 208 GTi prices range from £19,515 to £22,365.