We drive a brand new old Peugeot 205
It was the Eighties’ finest hot hatch. Now it’s back, and it’s even better
Posted: 24 May 2013
This will make purists cross, but, you know what? I don't care, because it still acts and behaves like a 205. Only better. And besides there are plenty of original elements to keep them happy. The paper-thin doors for example, or the sill that's no thicker than your wrist. Protection wasn't something cars of that era were very good at. Nor, I'm reminded, was a good driving position.
Initial impressions? It feels like a 7/8th scale car - or maybe it's just that roads look magically wider when A-pillars are so skeletal. Either way, you have room to play with, and that's just as well, because the 205 likes to move around. Nothing unnerving, you understand, but where modern cars are able to brush aside cambers, dips, ruts and potholes, here they affect your trajectory.