PEUGEOT 208 GT-LINE A TEMPTING TRIFLE
THERE was a time when you had to think about “driving” a Prius to get low fuel consumption and emissions.
Now, other less radical but just as effective economy car options are available … like the new Peugeot 208 GT-Line which can sip as little as 4.5-litres/100km.
In achieving this, you don’t have to try all that hard in the Pug – it does it all for you saving a bundle at the bowser into the bargain.
But the downside is you’ll have to put at least 95 octane in the fuel tank.
Peugeot recently (mildly) revised the 208 with a fresh new face, new Euro 6 engines, additional technology, revised interior and more options but it still doesn’t get a reverse camera as standard.
That costs an extra $300 bucks.
THE GT-Line is the penultimate 208 sitting below the three door GTi performance hatch.
It is more practical with five doors has a less frenetic drive feel though is still quite sporty.
Peugeot has been able to achieve this by fitting a 1.2-litre, threecylinder engine in the GT-Line good for 81kW/205Nm output. It’s quite a lot for a tiddler size engine explained by its turbo charging, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing. The engine has engine stop/start for further fuel savings in city driving.
This is the same engine as in Peugeot’s larger 308 and in the 208, performance is pretty good as the car weighs in at 1070kg.
They calibrate the engine to deliver most of its pulling power from just 1500rpm which translates into strong acceleration off the mark and easy driving in general conditions.
Coupled with this is the excellent Aisin six-speed conventional automatic transmission on the GTLine.
SOME driver assist features are fitted and some are optional including Active City Brake.
It’s great these features are available but for the $27,490 price, should be included as standard.
City Park, which virtually parks for you, is standard and no doubt will be appreciated by people who can’t drive.
The GT-line scores all the other usual Peugeot goodies like rain sensing wipers and auto headlights, a full size spare, cruise control with speed limiter pollen filter and other goodies. It also gets dual zone climate control and a 7-inch touch screen controller as well as tyre pressure monitoring.
Safety is rated at five stars on European NCAP ratings.
Overall, the package is fairly generous in a classy looking little car with the biggest tick going to the new Japanese auto transmission. The GT-Line looks a lot like the GTi in passing thanks to the 17- inch alloys and GTi style grille but the five door body is a giveaway.
THIS is where it becomes interesting because we are generally not fans of three-pot engines. The good thing here is you can barely tell.
And this is backed up by available performance which is on par with a much larger capacity nonturbo engine – a 1.8 maybe.
The baby Pug gets along sweetly and has plenty on reserve if you need to overtake at highway speeds. You won’t be there urging it to go faster passing that B-double, that’s for sure.
It steers and rides well too, holding flat through corners and whipping quickly from lock to lock when required. Of particular note is the super small steering wheel which feels great in your hands.
We had occasion to use the rear seats and found it ample for an adult of smallish stature for a long drive. The rear pew folds almost flat to provide luggage space.
On our drive we went close to the 4.5 claimed fuel economy and would suggest an average driver could realistically expect to do the same.
It’s a little car to be sure but feels bigger on the road due to the well sorted suspension – a return to the Peugeot hallmark of composed yet supple suspension.
Cute ... the Peugeot 208 GT-Line.