The successor to the Peugeot 205GTi is here and not only does it hit a sweet spot for price, but the performance for the Peugeot 208GTi also hits a sweet spot for performance. Initially we weren’t that excited, but as we learnt more it managed gain our interest. Learn why:
Peugeot has certainly seen Australians and their desire for performance enhanced models rise and following the successful Peugeot RCZ, the 208GTi will add another option for Australian buyers. What’s grabbing attention is the $29,990 price and the promise of a 0-100km/h sprint in 6.8seconds and fuel economy of just 5.9litres per 100km.
These figures are due to the 2013 International Engine of the Year Award winning 1.6litre turbo-charged four cylinder engine that produces 147kW of power. Fun fact: This was developed in corporation by Peugeot Citroen and BMW Group. Some of the best people in the business when it comes to engines.
The Peugeot 208GTi, visually, makes its presence known with a modern take on the legendary GTi design. With a gloss black rear skirt, trapezoid chromed double tailpipe exhaust and chromed trim across the lower of the window, it turns a regular hatch into something that hints that there’s more underneath.
[quote]We really loved the styling elements when we got up close and personal.[/quote]
The chrome continues throughout the exterior of the car and on the inside a welcomed dark theme is present. In line of the current theme across manufacturers, red stitching makes an appearance throughout the seats, seatbelts, handbrake, dashboard, floor mats,…..I need a breath….,and the perforated leather steering wheel with a race car like red racing marker. Ok, that last bit is pretty cool.
For the driver, the red theme doesn’t stop as the instrument cluster is also filled with red. It might seem like a colour overload, but it all looks like it has a place. The pedals and footrest have also been looked after with aluminium.
[quote]The red just works, we like it. Some won’t though.[/quote]
Also standard are speed sensitive power steering, rear parking sensors, auto-dimming rear view mirror, heated door mirrors (very useful even in Australia!), tinted glass. Infotainment wise there’s a 7-inch colour touch screen which looks after all of your radio, Bluetooth, USB inputs. Everything you expect.
Of course, it is a performance orientated car, and that means safety is also paramount. Good thing is that as usual there are loads of safety features. 6 air bags, front pre-tensioning seat belts, collapsible steering column are standard. Additionally the doors have been strengthened to proceed improved stiffness, plus beam absorbers help distribute impact energy if involved in an accident.
According to Peugeot Australia there has been a significant amount of interest and with it being available right now, you can probably expect a waiting list to start.