Peugeot 208 GTi Road Test (2013)

Peugeot 208 GTi (Interior View) (2013)

Peugeot 208 Review

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Graphically the system is rich with an animated menu operated by touch screen – it is a little difficult to remember what does what but you should get there in the end.

Comfort and Refinement

Bearing in mind its size the Peugeot 208 GTi is relatively spacious and the sculptured sports seats are comfortable and supportive.

The seat adjustment features a lever to adjust the seat recline and we found it difficult to get the seat 100% correct - a dial adjustment would be much easier to use.

The steering wheel is adjustable for height and reach but as we mentioned earlier it can obscure the instrument panel.

Standard ‘comfort’ equipment includes electric front windows (one touch on drivers side), tinted rear and side windows, rear parking aid (Park Assist option on test vehicle), cruise control, electrically assisted power steering, 12v power socket, remote central locking and visibility pack which includes automatic headlights, automatic wipers and electrochrome rear view mirror

Noise levels are good with only the engine and exhaust note entering the cabin.

Safety and Security

The Peugeot 208 was tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and achieved a 5-star rating (88% Adult, 78% Child, 61% Pedestrian and 83% Safety Assist). This compares to the 2012 test for the new Renault Clio – which scored 5-stars (Adult 88%, Child 89%, Pedestrian 66% and Safety Assist 99%).

The 208 GTi is equipped with ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) which includes ASR (Anti-Skid Regulation), EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) and EBFD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution) and CBC (Cornering Brake Control). The ESP also includes intelligent traction control, which improves the vehicle's dynamic ability by authorising more or less wheel slip on each of the front wheels – which did in most conditions seem to counteract torque steer.


Our test car was fitted with the £400 Multi-function Colour Touch Screen Navigation Upgrade + 2nd USB socket. Graphically the system is rich with an animated menu operated by touch screen – it is a little difficult to remember what does what but you should get there in the end. One criticism would be that the navigation system is not post code enabled which means that you have to enter an address which is a pain, but it does come with pan-European mapping.

Audio wise the system is perfectly acceptable for all but the keen audiophile, but the DAB reception was appalling – we are used to the intermittent reception in Devon but there were lots of pockets of no reception where DAB reception is normally fine, fortunately you can automatically switch between FM/DAB reception where there is a station available on both.

Oh you don't get a CD player, it all digital - so you will need to place your music on a memory stick, use an mp3 player or stream from a bluetooth phone - you can opt for a CD player, should you wish

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What We Liked
  • Performance & Handling
  • Docile when you want and quick enough when you need it
  • Styling
What We Disliked
  • Poor driving position – the instruments were obscured by the steering wheel.
  • Not too sure about the LED ambient lighting, especially around the sunroof
What We Would Like To See
  • We would like to be able to see the instrument panel but apart from that it is rather good.
  • Oh, we would like Xenon headlights, or even LED headlights – it deserves them.
  • Surprised not to see a start button – plus keyless start and entry would be nice.

We could not recommend the Peugeot 208 GTi more highly but there are some provisos, check that you can read the instrument panel as some people find the instruments are obscured by the steering wheel (we did).  The 208 GTi is more refined than it is raw and some purists will not like this whilst others will see that Peugeot have engineered a modern hot hatch that is an enticing blend of entertainment and comfort.

5 July 2013 Melanie Carter
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Peugeot 208 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedPeugeot 208 GTi
Body Type3-door Hatchback
ColourBianca White
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph6.8 Seconds
Top Speed 143 mph
Transmission6-Speed Manual
Fuel TypePetrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban34.4 mpg
Extra Urban60.1 mpg
Combined47.9 mpg
Insurance Group30
Euro NCAP Rating5-Stars
Warranty3 Years / Unlimited Miles
Price (when tested on the 05/07/13)18,895

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