A car for the chic
The current benchmark in smaller hot hatches is a good looker that delivers a real kick in the pants. The GTI upgrade adds to the strengths that made the Polo a Carsguide Car of the Year — pity it comes only with a DSG gearbox and needs premium unleaded. THERE’S a lot riding o small shoulders of the P 208. It follows in the lon shadow of the iconic 20 became the benchmark hatch in 1983 and shon bright enough to draw 15million buyers to Peu 2-series cars— includin less-glowing 206 and st dimmer 207.
And the new baby ha arrived in a cash-strapp household, forced to se room full of shares to G Motors. But the 208 is d for success, and with t spec and pricing sho able to help fill the f coffers.
The 208 will arriv three- and five-do bodies in three sp — Active, Allure a (ahem) Feline. Spe prices will be anno closer to the Octobe launch, but Peugeot Australia says the ran start sub-$20,000 for th 1.2-litre manual (an aut arrives later).
The entry-level Stupid money for a car that’s really a Fiat 500. Then you drive it, realise it’s a genuine pocket rocket, and wonder how it would look in the garage alongside the Ferrari 458 Italia it’s made to complement.
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