Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Peugeot’s leading the line with GTi-inspired models

PEUGEOT has literally drawn a clever new line in car design by offering up its new

PEUGEOT has literally drawn a clever new line in car design by offering up its new GT Line models.

While the new GT Line vehicles are not actually GTi cars, Peugeot says that they “adopt many of the styling attributes of the iconic GTi model”.

And anyone can see the distinct advantages of this — you get a stylish looking car that can be economical to boot.

You don’t have to drive about in it everywhere at a frantic rate of knots — which, let’s face it, a lot of GTi drivers believe they were put on earth to do.

The new Peugeot 208 five-door GT Line 1.2 I have been driving recently performed well in all departments.

It also returns in official figures a respectable 65.7mpg on the combined cycle while generating quite a noticeable preponderance to get up and go.

This is unusual in my experience from a 1.2-litre engine, which I often find lacks punch.

This was not the case with the 208 GT Line 1.2. It had zip aplenty when you put your foot down but could also act very sensibly when asked.

Available in three- and five-door versions, the 208 GT Line is available with a choice of three engines — the 1.2-litre PureTech 110hp S&S petrol or the 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel in either 100hp or 120hp outputs.

The GT Line finish is derived from the Allure trim and features an “Equalizer grille” with red 3D markings.

Completing the look are a gloss black grille and front fog lamp finishers with 17-inch Caesium diamanté alloy wheels, Perla Nera black door mirror shells, chrome window surrounds and a chrome exhaust finisher. It has GT Line badges on the grille, front wings and tailgate, plus red Peugeot lettering front and rear.

The idea is that this revised 208 continues to move upmarket with the GT Line trim specification, taking its lead from the larger 308, which I found a very accomplished car.

Inside there are attractive black and red sports seats with red stitching, which is repeated on the door panels and gear lever gaiter/grip. Gloss black door handles with a red line at the front, leather sports steering wheel with a flat base section, red stitching and a satin chrome insert, complement black seat belts with a distinctive red line, aluminium Peugeot door sill finishers and aluminium pedal trims.

All this adds up to a smart-looking car that is the brand’s best-seller. I can only see the GT Line helping to boost sales for Peugeot in this fiercely competitive sector.

Fact File: Peugeot 208 five-door GT Line 1.2 PT 110

Test car price (on the road): £17,065

Engine: Three-cylinder petrol

Cubic capacity: 1,199cc

0-62mph: 9.6 seconds

Maximum speed: 118mph

Fuel consumption: 65.7mpg (combined cycle)

17in alloy wheels

Electric, heated and folding door mirrors

GT Line badging

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