A car for the chic

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Cover Story -

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.

Volk­swa­gen Polo GTI

Abarth 695 ‘‘Trib­uto Fer­rari’’

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