208 GT Line 1.6 BlueHDi 100 5-door
a mistake to assume that
everyone wants the fastest hot-hatch.
Some dig the looks of the go-fastest
versions but would actually much
prefer one without the blistering
SO IF YOU FANCY the 208 GTi's handsomely hardcore lines and sporty cabin
but not the tyre-squealing performance, Peugeot now has the answer: the new
GT Line. These models are a win-win insofar that while still looking coolly
desirable inside and out, they're usefully cheaper to run than the full-blown
205bhp GTi models.
Peugeot have indeed done a fine job with the GT Line usually it's the
three-door models that have the catwalk cred but this time it's the five-door
that takes the cake; it looks nicely planted and dynamically 'breathed on'.
Certainly enough to justify the 'GT' tag.
to the GT Line's kerb appeal is crisp styling, sporty detailing, a jutting jaw-line
fronted by a wide red-and-black grille edged by long wraparound headlamp units,
and a set of classy five-arm 17-inch alloys the like of which you'd expect to
see gracing a go-faster Audi, all of which ensures the good-looking 208 stands
out from the supermini crowd.
they look as
though they could have
a full-on 205bhp GTi
powerplant under the
bonnet, theres actually
a less expensive
and less thirsty engine
moving things along:
anything from a 97bhp
1.6 BlueHDi turbodiesel
to a 162bhp petrol
other core characteristic of the new GT Line cars (in the 208 pecking order
they sit immediately below the hot-hot GTi models) is that while they look as
though they could have 200+bhp under the bonnet, there's actually a less expensive
(insurance and road-tax) and less thirsty powerplant moving things along: anything
from a 97bhp 1.6 BlueHDi diesel unit to a 162bhp petrol engine.
More good news GT Line versions cost £17-18.5K for a three-door; and
from £17,600 to £19,150 for a five-door.
This past week we've been driving the 97bhp BlueHDi '100'. But just because
it's an environmentally-friendly shade of green doesn't mean that it's not got
some oomph waiting on your right foot.
While 97bhp isn't (obviously!) awesome, the BlueHDI's cheerily willing torque
a punchy 187lb ft from 1,750rpm will help put a smile on your
face. You'll also be glad of the five-speed box's palm-fitting, chrome-and-leather
gearknob and clean change action. Top speed is 116mph and it will hit the benchmark
62mph in 10.7 seconds from standstill.
While the official Combined Cycle fuel consumption figure is 80.7mpg, a hard
week's testing over an eclectic mix of roads including quite a lot of stop-start
trips saw an amazingly good overall average of 58.3mpg recorded. And
as we regularly say you probably could, and most likely will, do better
than us! Also contributing to the low running costs is the BlueHDi 100's VED-dodging
90g/km emissions that ensure that you never pay the government a penny in road
Pull open a front door and you'll find a very inviting cockpit; in particular
the shapely and strongly bolstered sports-style front seats, upholstered in
a mix of 3D-effect fabric and faux-leather, that look great to sit in
and sure enough, they are, keeping you perfectly in place however hard you're
driving and comfortable too courtesy of some very effective back and shoulder
front passenger will appreciate that they too get a height-adjustable seat,
good elbow room, and a fist of headroom. The cabin is smartly finished with
plenty of high-gloss black trim (touchscreen surround, centre stack, instrument
pod, etc) with a chic silky woven-effect satin black 'skin' clothing the fascia,
all offset by sporty red overstitching to the dashboard, seats, traditional
'yank-up' handbrake grip, and perforated leather wheel rim there's even
a red stripe running through the seatbelts. All very smart.
open a front door
and youll find a very
in particular the shapely
and strongly bolstered
sports-style front seats,
upholstered in a mix of
3D-effect fabric and
faux-leather, that keep
you perfectly in place
however hard youre
then these latest generation French cars are now as smartly designed and built
as German Audis. Naturally there's a seven-inch touchscreen centre-field in
the dash, and Peugeot's modish i-Cockpit with its trademark flat-bottomed, small-diameter
sports steering wheel with the speedo, rev-counter and secondary dials in a
pod dead ahead of the driver which puts them perfectly in your eye-line.
between the rev-counter and speedo is a driver's information display that shows
all the usual data along with that all-important, licence-protecting digital
speed readout. Navigating anywhere is hassle-free thanks to sharp 3D mapping,
full 7-character postcode entry, and unambiguous spoken directions. You can
also access the driver's computer and your phone without taking your hands away
from the multifunction wheel.
While control and command functions are mostly operated by your fingertip via
the touchscreen, Peugeot have kept the automatic dual-zone climate control system
as a stand-alone feature with traditional switches sited beneath the screen.
Something many drivers will like as it's less distracting than doing the same
thing using a touchscreen whilst you're on the move.
Connectivity is managed through MirrorScreen and CarPlay CarPlay is useful
in that it not only mirrors apps on the screen but it also features voice control
which allows phone calls, text messages, music and maps to be used without the
need to take your eyes off the road. You also get a DAB digital radio, CD player,
Bluetooth connectivity, an Aux-in jack and USB ports. And in the upper section
of the 'cave' at the base of the centre stack you'll find a mobile holder.
Line models are pretty well kitted-out and in addition to the desirable stuff
already mentioned there's an auto-dimming rearview mirror, four electric widows
(with one-touch operation for the driver's), electric heated and folding door
mirrors (powerfold on demand; automatically on locking and leaving), refrigerated
glovebox, dark tinted rear windows, auto lights and wipes, aluminium pedals,
and 17-inch 'Caesium' alloys.
while you can
indeed have some fun
behind the wheel of this
208, you wont be the
only one smiling because
the ride is well-damped,
blacktop with the fluency
youd expect from
a larger car; show it a
cruise and will run
smooth and true while
keeping your passengers
Safety-wise the 208 is fit for purpose with six airbags (front, side and curtain),
parking sensors, cruise control with speed limiter, tyre pressure monitoring,
LED daytime running lights, LED rear lamps, cornering assist fog lights, and
automatic hazard light activation. Oh yes, and a rear wash-wipe always
a big plus point on hatchbacks, especially when the sun's not shining!
stability control system is also standard and an extra £250 buys Active
City Brake designed to reduce the risk of urban crashes at speeds of
less than 20mph by automatically emergency braking should the driver fail to
react in time.
For the record our press car was fitted with several must-have items: a panoramic
glass roof with 'blackout' sunblinds (£400), Park Assist (an automatic parallel
parking system, for £300), and SatNav with DAB radio (£450). All boxes definitely
While the 208 falls into the supermini sector, inside there's more than enough
room to swing the proverbial moggie (not that one would!) which means decent
passenger accommodation both up front and in the rear and the P-word
here isn't just 'Peugeot', but 'practicality' because the boot is equally welcoming
when it comes to your passengers' luggage. Cupholders and real-world sized storage
bins can be taken for granted.
You don't expect loads of luggage space in a supermini but the 208 comes up
trumps here too with its regular-shaped 285 litres matching the best of its
rivals. And while there is a lip to load over, it's not a problem. For those
occasions when more space is called for, the 208 delivers: lower the 2/3:1/3
split rear seats and you'll open up a 1,076-litre loadbay. That's bigger than
the average supermini, Yogi!
good news for that 'hope it never happens to you' event Peugeot give
you a proper space-saver spare wheel. And for those who prefer to keep their
loads outside the car, the 208 will tow a respectable braked 1,150kg.
five-door's extra pair of doors are for more than just show open either
one and you'll confirm that there's ample accommodation for two adults (three
side-by-side, although a bit of a squeeze, is still doable); and note that those
travelling in the back do so with air above their heads as well as around their
knees. Not always the case with four-metre-long superminis.
steering wheel is a whiz
when it comes to getting
the 208 to change
direction it makes the
front-end feel bracingly
brisk and allows for
precise placing of its
compact body with
Once there getting in/out is easy your passengers can enjoy decent
views out whilst settled back against nicely-angled seatbacks; and enough cupholders
to park their take-out Americanos.
The sportily-small steering wheel is a whiz when it comes to getting the 208
to change direction it makes the front-end feel bracingly brisk and allows
for precise placing of its body with minimal physical effort, and even though
it's most delightful when partnered with the 205bhp of the GTi its appeal is
not wasted on the 97bhp BlueHDi.
The front-end grips gamely, there's decent feel through the rim and decent body
control keeps it composed and wieldy even when punted meaning you can
safely have some fun in this agile hatch.
Placing and manoeuvring the 208 is easy-peasy and that's not just down to the
i-Cockpit's small steering wheel, but also the good visibility from behind it
and the deep glasshouse which provides clear views out, even to the rear.
And while you can indeed have some fun behind the wheel of this 208, you won't
be the only one smiling because the ride traditionally a Peugeot strong
point is well-damped, tackling imperfect blacktop with the fluency you'd
expect from a larger car; show it a cruise and will run smooth and true while
keeping your passengers happy.
Hot-hatch styling desirably enhanced by affordable running costs that's
the GT Line's USP. Try one and you'll be impressed: not only does it represent
good value, stretch a gallon of fuel a long way and have a likeable supermini
character, but it's also extremely easy to live with. And reminds you that driving
is actually meant to be enjoyable! ~ MotorBar
Peugeot 208 GT Line BlueHDi 100 5-dr
Maximum speed: 116mph | 0-62mph: 10.7 seconds | Test Average: 58.3mpg
Power: 97bhp | Torque: 187lb ft | CO2: 90g/km