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
We care about this these days, because such outside influences make a car tiring - and, at times, unnerving - to drive, and we don't like that (apparently), but back then all cars behaved like this, and Peugeot's genius was in ensuring its car worked the road better than anyone else's.
So the 205 fits itself to the road as neatly as the last jigsaw piece and zips along, hyper-alert and yet too friendly to be intimidating. Until you get to a tight corner, one that requires some real lock. Because when you do, be prepared to wrench at the wheel with everything you've got. Part of the blame of this must be laid at the only thing I'd change about this car - the Toyo track-day tyres - but the instant weight comes as a shock given the lightness of touch that otherwise characterises the 205.