Driving the Peugeot 208 GTLine for a week was hardly enough. It is great to look at with fantastically French finishes and inside it feels comfortable, modern and well, sexy! It makes an impressive 81kw/205nm from the 1,2 motor, and even though the model we had was an automatic it didn’t feel sluggish at all. It also has rain sensing wiper blades, automatic headlights, and a 7-inch display system. All adding to the feeling you’re in something a bit more sophisticated than a 208. The interior is beautifully finished with the seats carrying through a black and red that they have tastefully done. It is more French racer than speed racer.
The drive is excellent, it has a quick 6 speed automatic gearbox which actually works in spite of the smaller motor. It is nippy and through traffic and everyday driving it is a lot of fun. The steering is direct and the suspension quite sporty. You can feel the drive without it being too much work. The steering wheel itself is actually a wonderful surprise; it’s small and makes the car feel like a kart at times. We love it! The only problem with the size of the steering wheel is that it does block some of the counters on the dash. We couldn’t see where my rev counter was at its high point – and same thing with the speedo. This is our excuse if there are any fines…
The consumption was good as well. We drive from Sunninghill and Lonehill to the East Rand every day, so it gives a good idea of consumption in and out of traffic. It averaged 6,7 which is excellent really, as the journey is a mixture of stop start traffic and free flowing driving on the highway. We were impressed, especially as it could nip in and out when needed as well. The autobox worked well and though at first it was odd when it switched itself on and off when you were at standstill, it made a lot of sense when I was stuck in traffic. There is something very modern city about the Pug, and we really liked it.
Selling price is R289,900.00 and even though it quite a lot for a smaller vehicle, it does feel like it is value for the price tag. This is a modern city car, and it makes sense as it is.