Road Test

Road Test: 2013 Peugeot 208 GTi

September 2, 2013

Peugeot 208 GTi test driveThe Peugeot 208 GTi has arrived to spice up the Peugeot lineup. The compact, lightweight body of the Peugeot 208 provides an excellent starting point for the sporty GTi. Compared to the preceding Peugeot 207, the 208 is about 90 kilograms lighter. Although well equipped, the weight of the new Peugeot 208 GTi is just 1160 kilograms. This improves car’s driving dynamics and fuel efficiency, and also makes it possible to achieve good performance without massive sized engine.

Peugeot has equipped the 208 GTi with the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine. It produces 147 kW (200 hp) and 275 Newton metres of torque between 1,700 and 4,500 rpm. The engine is paired with a six-speed close-ratio manual gearbox. Close-ratio gears provide better performance, but it takes a moment to find the right shift points. Although there is a lot of torque available also at low revs, you have to be careful not to let the revs to drop too low. At steady speeds the GTi drives well on low revs, but when accelerating, use higher rev range. The car will be much more happier. The Peugeot 208 GTi can sprint from zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6,8 seconds and achieve top speed of 230 km/h. Engine’s performance is delivered with nice exhaust sounds through the reworked exhaust system. Not very loud, but nice low growl can be heard when using the gas pedal.

Lightweight body and the small displacement engine also help to achieve better fuel efficiency. The average fuel consumption of 5,9 l/100km might not sound very impressive for a small car in these days, but considering the car’s performance it’s not too bad. However, if you want to get the average fuel consumption below six litres, you have to be careful when playing with the gas pedal. The CO2 emissions of the GTi are 139 g/km.

The GTi version is not just about a more powerful engine, but Peugeot has also updated the GTi’s driving dynamics with the model specific springs, shock absorbers and anti-roll bar. The front subframe and rear crossmember rigidity has been enhanced, and the track has been widened 10mm at the front and 20mm at the rear axle. The suspension works great, but the steering feel could be improved. The Peugeot 208 GTi is fitted 17” wheels with 205/45 tyres. The 302mm ventilated brake discs at the front and 249mm at the rear provide excellent stopping power.

The exterior of car looks actually quite modest. Now don’t get me wrong. The Peugeot 208 GTi looks great. It just doesn’t have any big spoilers. Instead, there are subtle details which clearly distinguish it from the standard models. The most noticeable is the GTi logo on the quarter panel trim. The mesh of the grille has a 3D chequered motif, with chromed inserts in the gloss black grille. Peugeot lettering on the tailgate and on the grille, grille lower bead and the brake callipers are red, regardless of the car’s exterior colour. Bright chrome is used on the fog lamp trim surrounds, the grille upper trim and on the door mirrors. At the rear there is a gloss black rear skirt with chromed double exhaust tailpipe.

The Interior of the Peugeot 208 GTi features dark colour scheme with chrome and red highlights. The sport seat combines Club Nappa leather and Caro Weave cloth. The small diameter, sport leather steering wheel comes with red overstitching. The dials on the high-mounted instrument panel feature white needles and a brushed aluminium background decorated with a gloss black chequered motif. The dials are surrounded with satin chrome beads backlit by LEDs.The Peugeot 208 GTi is also equipped with unique floor mats, aluminium pedal bracket and footrest, aluminium gear lever knob, leather handbrake lever and aluminium sill stamped with the Peugeot name.



  • Petrol
  • 4-cylinder
  • 1598cc
  • Turbo


  • 147 kW (200 hp) / 5800rpm


  • 275 Nm / 1700-4500rpm


  • 6-speed manual
  • FWD

0-100km/h / 0-62mph

  • 6.8 seconds

Top speed

  • 230 km/h

Fuel consumption

  • 5.9 l/100km

CO2 emissions

  • 139 g/km

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