2016 Peugeot 208 GT-Line road test and review.
I can’t complain. A second week in the Peugeot 208 is certainly a thrilling proposition.
Following on from my drive in the 208 Allure I slid into the seat of the top spec 2016 Peugeot 208 GT-Line.
The 208 GT-Line is the same as the Allure in almost every aspect except a few small adornments mostly aesthetic.
For $27,490 you can get unique GT-Line badging, an equaliser style front grille with red and chrome highlights, a red Peugeot badge, glossy black door mirrors and a chrome exhaust tip.
17” alloy wheels come standard in the GT-Line which are an option in the Allure.
On the inside the red theme continues with red stitching on the sports seats, steering wheel, leather trimmed handbrake, and armrest.
Seatbelts with a red stripe down the middle of the belt and so are the front door handles adding to the sporty look.
Completing the outfit are tinted rear privacy windows and map reading lights on the ceiling.
Other standard features also available in the Allure are auto dimming mirror, auto rain sensing wipers, dual zone climate control, park assist, cornering fog lamps.
The interior gets a leather trim steering wheel with chrome highlights, more metallic accents on the centre console and gear shifter, two seat pockets and a rather fetching ‘3D’ mesh cloth trim for the seats.
There are a number of optional extras such as a panoramic sunroof for $1000, reverse camera for $300, metallic paint will be an additional $990 while a matte paint job will set you back $1050.
Under the hood is the identical 1.2L turbo engine coupled with an automatic transmission which is more responsive in sport mode.
There’s only slight turbo lag but is otherwise a speedy little machine with awesome acceleration, handling and ride comfort.
It can push out a fair amount of power from the 81kW/205Nm engine and has plenty of overtaking prowess though a little on the noisy side.
My lead foot, use of sport mode and preference for switching off the auto start/stop all contributed to a higher fuel efficiency of 9.4L/100km compared with a combined consumption of 4.5L/100km.
The 208 is fitted with auto park assist but being so short and manoeuvrable, getting the hatch into a tight space should be a cinch.
Dual climate control is always a convenient comfort feature but strangely the 208 doesn’t allow you to sync the two temperature settings and need to be adjusted individually all the time.
Loses a few marks for a lack of a standard reverse camera and powered seats in the upper variants but small things like a child lock button for the rear doors makes life a whole lot easier.
If you have a little more cash to spare, the 2016 Peugeot 208 GT-Line is definitely the go for a bit more flair but performance and comfort wise, you’d be just as happy in an Allure.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Peugeot 208 GT-Line
Engine: 1.2L turbo petrol producing 81kW and 205Nm
Warranty: 3 Year/Unlimited km
Safety: Not tested
Price: From $27,490