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The Top Gear car review: Peugeot 208 GTI
For:Torquey engine, ride comfort, breadth of ability
Against: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.