posted 6 years ago

New Peugeot 208 GTi from £18,895

Peugeot 208 GTi Price And Performance

The Peugeot 208 GTi will cost you from £18,895 plus - perhaps - a few relationships. Why? Because this hot-hatch is likely to turn your family, friends, and colleagues green with jealousy. But losing relationships is a small price to pay to sit behind the wheel of this sporty car. It has a 1.6-litre 200bhp engine, after all, that produces 275Nm of torque at only 1,700rpm. Very nice too. Far nicer than being friendly with Uncle Bill, anyway. This power plant also propels the 208 GTi – and its newly single occupant – to 62mph in a speedy 6.8 seconds. The GTi can also race from 50 to 75mph in less than 7 seconds, in fifth. Mentioning that to a workmate is likely to get you booted-off his Christmas list too.

Peugeot 208 GTi Exterior And Interior

The Peugeot 208 GTi's exterior also makes people jealous. Highlights include its halogen headlights that house rows of indicator lights that curve around the outer parts. These look tremendous and complement the twin chrome exhaust pipes and the GTi badges. The latter have red lettering, chrome backgrounds, sit close to the rear side windows, and are a potent reminder of the legendary Peugeot 205 GTi from the eighties. Plus, of course, this new hot-hatch has a sporty cabin. The black leather seats in particular look fantastic thanks to the red stitching. This can be found on the leather handbrake and steering wheel too. The 208 GTi also has a striking dashboard which includes chequered backgrounds on the dials. But only tell Aunty Doris if you never want her to speak to you.

But the Peugeot 208 GTi is more than a nice looking car with a potent engine. It is a lifestyle statement - an aspiration - a luxury item that is beyond the reach of thousands of motorists. And that is why family and friends develop an unhealthy green complexion. That said, this fashionable plaything is not the only hot-hatch that makes people's blood boil with envy. Others include the Ford Fiesta ST that has rock-solid handling, the Vauxhall Corsa VXR that looks pleasingly menacing, and the VW Polo GTi that is feels beautifully built. All are fantastic, but the 208 GTi is boosted by links to its historical sibling - the 205 GTi. Surely that is worth losing friends for. Who needs company anyway?