Chris Nixon tests the Peugeot 208 GTi and says it has plenty of power.

Motoring guru Chris Nixon gets behind the wheel of the the Peugeot 208 GTi to test it out.

Here’s what you need to know:

Price RRP$29,990

3-Door sports hatchback

1.6 turbo petrol engine / 147 kW

The new Peugeot GTi 208 is a worthy inheritor of the iconic Peugeot GTi model heritage.

It’s available only in one specification – 3-door hatch, six-speed manual and a comfortably-equipped interior with very modern styling.

A small-diameter steering wheel enhances the GTi’s highly nimble abiliity, although it’s oddly positioned so the driver looks over it to see the instruments.

From rest to 100 kmh takes 6.8 seconds, but rolling response from the turbo engine can be sluggish if you’re not in the correct gear.


FOR:  Torquey, smooth engine pairs well with 6-speed manual.

AGAINST:  Some throttle lag, steering wheel-to-instruments layout.

VERDICT:  Plenty of power for a sub-$30K true hot hatch.


For more information about the Peugeot 208 GTi visit our website

You can arrange a test drive by either contacting your local Peugeot dealer directly, or you can book a test drive online using Peugeot’s online test drive booking form.