Peugeot 208 is a 2-door mini hatchback revealed in the year 2012. This car is also available in 4-door hatchback variant in other countries. Launch of this car by Peugeot is in succession to its predecessor 207 variant which was heavier and also offered little space to the passengers. In 208, all the flaws of 207 has been covered as it has undergone modifications to deliver better deal to its occupants. Also, the overall structure of this car has been improvised in terms of aerodynamics, competing with its rivals like Volkswagen Polo, Kia Rio and Ford Fiesta.
The Peugeot 208 GTI is fitted with a 1.6-litre EP6CDTX turbo (1598 cc) four-cylinder in-line turbo petrol engine giving maximum power output of 200 hp at 5800 rpm along with the peak torque of 275 Nm at 1700 rpm and is fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox. It takes fuel consumption of 8.2 l/100km in urban driving, 4.7 l/100km in extra urban driving and 5.9 l/100km in combined driving cycle. The top speed of this vehicle is 230 km/h along with the acceleration count of 6.8 seconds to speed up from 0 to 100km/h.
208 GTI's exterior style is naturally efficient and has the touch of Peugeot DNA segment all over its body. Finalizing the design of this 3-door hatchback is a result of so many improvements and advancements undergone to carve out this fine-tune car's aerodynamics. The innovative tire design fitted in 17-inch alloy wheels in rim size 205/45 R17 is another area contributing to its overall performance and look. Its exterior layout is made in 3962 x 1739 x 1460mm (L x W x H) along with the wheelbase of 2538mm. The features added to this car's distinctive profile are two chrome exhausts, triangular shaped headlamps and differently designed grille on the front bumper.
208 GTi indoors are made in black & red trim with the stitching effect put on the leather/fabric upholstery made seats adding sportiness to the car. Similar effect is also featured on the dashboard, around the instrument dials, air conditioning vents and door handles. For fun & entertainment, 7-inch touch screen is provided through which you can easily access audio controls and navigation. Instrumental panel is perfectly placed on the dashboard and has given special red LED effect around the gauges with a black-aluminum dial background. Steering wheel is covered in perforated leather finish and mounted with audio-navigation control switches. To laden your belongings & lugagge, 285-litres of decent boot count is provided.
For firm braking & handling, independent McPherson built-in coil spring, integrated hydraulic shock absorbers & anti-roll bar front suspension is outfitted with the independent trailed arm, transverse torsion bar, hydraulic shock absorbers & anti-roll bar rear suspension. Active cruise control allows you to travel calmly in an organized constant speed. 6 airbag system reduces the effect of collision and maintain safety while driivng. Electronic Stability Program (ESP) keeps check on your driving pattern and helps you to reduce over-steering condition keeping the vehicle in-track. This is further coupled with active safety features including ABS and EBD, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), rear parking sensor, rear sensor and automatic head lamp, engine immobolizer and more.
Peugeot 208 is a mini hatchback, with stylish looks, well equipped insides and is also affordable to run. It is meant for those who don't mind letting there 'Schumacher' out once a while.