PEU­GEOT 208 GT-LINE A TEMPT­ING TRI­FLE

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CARS GUIDE - Peter Barn­well Call Triv­ett Peu­geot, Church St, Par­ra­matta on 9841 8800.

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.

FIVE DOOR

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.

DRIVER AS­SIST

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.

DRIV­ING

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.

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