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Peugeot 208 GT Line 2016 review

EXPERT RATING
6.8
Peter Anderson road tests and reviews the Peugeot 208 GT Line with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.

The 208 range hasn't exactly set Australian sales charts on fire, but has been a fine return to form for the French manufacturer after a couple of duffers.

Its top-of-the-range GTi has, however, got plenty of attention for the most convincing attempt to reboot the beloved 205 GTi. Not everyone wants or can afford that range-topper, however, but with its excellent ride and handling on offer, Peugeot has sent the 208 Allure to finishing school to create the GT Line.

Peugeot 208 2016: Access
Safety rating
Engine Type1.2L
Fuel TypePremium Unleaded Petrol
Fuel Efficiency4.5L/100km
Seating5 seats
Price from$7,370

Is there anything interesting about its design?   7/10

The GT Line, as the name suggests, is well on its way to looking like a GTi with 16-inch alloys, a lower stance and the tell-tale bodykit and LED daytime running lights. The grille is flecked with red flashes for an "equaliser" effect and there's various chrome and red bits to sort the GT from the lower models.

The windscreen is gigantic, soaring up to your forehead (and further if you have the panoramic roof), with the high ceiling delivering a ton of headroom. Inside space is impressive for such a small car, with a decent-sized boot at 311 litres.

The sportier, more heavily bolstered seats are still very comfortable, with a wide range of adjustment to help you get comfortable behind the i-Cockpit, which consists of high dials and low steering wheel.

As in the 308, the steering wheel is very small indeed so you can see those dials, but is off-putting to some. It takes a while to get the position right.

The rear seats are comfortable enough, but the rear seat is tight for leg, knee and shoulder room. Storage is limited, with a pair of small cupholders up front and a bin hidden underneath the rather inconveniently-sited central armrest.

What are the key stats for the engine and transmission?   7/10

The GT-Line shares the Puretech 1.2 litre turbocharged three cylinder with the Active and Allure. The triple pumps out 81kW and 205Nm (why not go for 208? Just for laughs?), the stop-start helping with a combined claimed fuel-consumption of 4.5 litres per 100 km. Which is…well, unlikely to be matched seeing we got 8.2 L/100km, admittedly in an especially sticky week in a Sydney summer.

The GT-Line reaches 0-100 km/h in a leisurely 10.9 seconds, the six-speed transmission's shifts fast and smooth.

What safety equipment is fitted? What safety rating?   7/10

Six airbags, ABS, brake assist, brake force distribution, stability and traction controls and load-limited front seat-belts add up to five ANCAP stars.

Warranty & Safety Rating

Basic Warranty

3 years / 100,000 km warranty

ANCAP Safety Rating

ANCAP logo

Verdict

The GT Line is a terrific addition to the 208 line-up, a warm hatch for those who don't want or need (or can't have) the GTi thrills. Even if you're not a petrolhead, the GT Line comes with plenty of useful features but you might just have to ask yourself if $27,490 for a 208 is worth it.

The 208 GT is loaded with features but it comes at a fairly high price - would you spend your hard-earned on this French hatch? Tell us in the comments below.

Click here to see more 2016 Peugeot 208 GT-Line pricing and spec info.

Pricing guides

$17,820
Based on third party pricing data
Lowest Price
$7,370
Highest Price
$28,270

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
Access 1.2L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $7,370 – 10,450 2016 Peugeot 208 2016 Access Pricing and Specs
Active 1.2L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $10,450 – 14,300 2016 Peugeot 208 2016 Active Pricing and Specs
Allure 1.2L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $11,880 – 15,840 2016 Peugeot 208 2016 Allure Pricing and Specs
GT-Line 1.2L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $12,540 – 16,720 2016 Peugeot 208 2016 GT-Line Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
6.8
Design7
Price and features6
Engine & trans7
Safety7
Driving7
Peter Anderson
Contributing journalist

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