A9 Peugeot 208 GTi has sat nav, Mini’s turbo engine as standard

Peugeot has launched its best looking hot hatch since the 206 GTi in the form of the new 3-door only 208 GTi. Standard is the turbo engine that does duty in the rather more expensive Mini range and touchscreen sat nav.

The new 208 GTi comes in just one specification that’s priced at A$29,990. Under the handsome hood is the Prince 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine that was jointly developed with BMW — it also does duty in the Mini range, albeit with different tuning and output ratings. In the 208 GTi it spits out 147kW of power and 275Nm of torque to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual; a self-shifting transmission is not offered.

To help it go faster, corner flatter and look hotter Peugeot has equipped the 208 GTi with a reworked suspension package, unique 17-inch alloy wheels, low profile tyres, anti-roll bar, and more rigid front and rear sections. The 208 GTi is dressed up with black leather and cloth interior, chrome wing mirror caps, GTi badging everywhere, fog lights front and rear, dark tinted glass, and dual chrome exhaust tips.

Standard features include cruise control with speed limiter, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, air conditioned glove box, self-dimming rear vision mirror, electric folding wing mirrors with built-in heating elements, and speed sensitive power steering.

The entertainment and sound system has 6 speakers, steering wheel audio controls, automatic volume adjustment based on road speed, Bluetooth, 2 USB ports, and an auxiliary jack. It also features sat nav as standard, while the whole shebang is controlled via a 7-inch touchscreen mounted high on the dashboard.

Dimensions, weight, capacity

Length: 3,962mm
Width: 1,639mm
Height: 1,460mm
Wheelbase: 2,538mm
Boot capacity: 311L (seats up with cargo blind on), 1152L (rear seats down)
Weight: 1,160kg

Power, performance, fuel economy

Engine: 1.6-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol
Power: 147kW
Torque: 275Nm
0-100km/h: 6.8 seconds
Fuel consumption: 5.9L/100km
CO2 emissions: 139g/km

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]