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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Peugeot 208 GTI

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


Torquey engine, ride comfort, breadth of ability


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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.2 PureTech 130 Allure 5dr EAT8
8.7s 103g/km 129 £21,295
The cheapest
1.2 PureTech Active 5dr
14.9s 94g/km 74 £16,065
The greenest
1.6 BlueHDi 100 Roland Garros 5dr
10.7s 79g/km 94.2 99 £19,955