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Peugeot 208 GTI review

£16,065 - £34,290
Published: 13 Jan 2015
Peugeot can at last lay the ghost of the 205 GTI to rest. This is a very able modern hatch

Good stuff

Torquey engine, ride comfort, breadth of ability

Bad stuff

Quirky driving position, lack of steering feel


What is it?

The car we’ve all been waiting for. If, that is, you’ve lusted after a French hot hatch since the glory days of the 205 some 30 years ago. If you have, you may be disappointed by this one. Tastes have changed, so have safety and emissions regulations, so if you want something with the rollerskate punchiness of the original 205, then go and buy one of those. This is an entirely modern hot hatch, complete with a CO2 compliant 1.6-litre turbo engine, benign, neutral handling and lots of on-board toys and comfort.

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What's the verdict?

Peugeot has at last rediscovered some hot hatch form. Not the most startling small fast hatch, but a good effort.

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