GTI turns heads but pur­ple reigns for Peu­geot

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Carmel Ste­wart

THIS month sees two new Peu­geot 208s in the show­rooms. The GTi will un­doubt­edly at­tract at­ten­tion – the badg­ing and her­itage de­mand it.

Less ea­gerly awaited but no less fun – in a more se­date way – is the XY “lux­ury” ver­sion.

While not lux­u­ri­ous in the sense of leather seats, deep pile car­pets and Parker up front in a peaked cap it is, nev­er­the­less, a very com­fort­able place to be.

Pur­ple is one of the six colours avail­able and is clearly the one which stands out.

Re­gard­less of the ex­te­rior colour cho­sen, it is re­peated on the lo­gos and wheel caps al­though sadly, not much in the in­te­rior where a pur­ple dash would have made a real state­ment.

There is pur­ple stitch­ing, how­ever, and, un­der the me­tal ped­als, the mat edg­ing is over­stitched in the royal hue. The stan­dard Al­can­tara up­hol­stery can be changed to leather – for a price – but the leather cov­ered (small) steer­ing wheel, seven-inch touch­screen and Blue­tooth are fit­ted as stan­dard.

There are chrome high­lights in­side and out – most notably on the mir­rors, fog lamps and win­dow trims.

The 208 XY comes with a choice of en­gines.

Prices start at £16, 545.

TOUCH OF LUX­URY: The new Peu­geot 208 XY of­fers com­fort and style.

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