Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
The ‘Edition Definitive’ comes in at a manufacturer’s list-price of $33,990. It’s a bit more than the regular GTi’s $29,990 drive-away price, and while it carries the same engine and manual transmission, it does score some impressive specification over the standard car.
While thirty-odd-grand seems a lot for a little three-door, that pricing pits it squarely against arch-rival, the Clio RS200 Cup ($32,490), the less-hardcore but much newer Volkswagen Polo GTi ($30,990) and perhaps even the ridiculous Abarth 595 Competizione ($31,990) and the soon-to-arrive 2019 Ford Fiesta ST (price as yet unknown…)
Japanese rivals either moved up a size or went extinct long ago, apart from the Suzuki Swift Sport ($25,490) which is nowhere near to competing on the same performance level.
Value, then, is relative.
Thankfully the standard fitments are up to spec. The ones you need but don’t want to read about on a car like this include a 7.0-inch multimedia touchscreen which supports Apple CarPlay and built-in nav, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors, ‘corner assist’ fog-lights, leather trimmed wheel and touch-points, matt-black contrast highlights, as well as a slew of Edition Definitive identifying touches, badges and interior trims.
Then there’s the goodies. The stuff which justifies the GTi badge. This is where this car gets impressive.
Included is a front Torsen limited-slip differential from the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary edition back in 2014, a wider track front and rear, 18-inch bespoke matt black alloy wheels, upgraded (thicker, wider diameter) Brembo-branded brakes with four-piston calipers, and a stiffer 10mm lower bespoke suspension set-up.
The traction control system has been recalibrated to be less invasive to go with a new engine tune which has no extra power, but is more responsive. Peugeot says these improvements add up to a 0-100km/h sprint time of 6.5 seconds (0.3 seconds faster than the normal GTi).
Those are a lot of additions right where you need them. Other brands can keep their stickers. Peugeot has thrown everything mechanical it can into this final 208 GTi.
You do lose a few things though. The Edition Definitive has no head-up display (would be nice at this price) and the spare wheel has been stripped out and replaced with a tyre inflation kit to save weight.