Peugeot 208 GT Line

1.2 PT 110 Auto

Peugeot 208, front
Peugeot 208, front
Peugeot 208, side
Peugeot 208, rear
Peugeot 208, detail
Peugeot 208, interior
Peugeot 208, interior

MEET the Peugeot lion that would look great on a catwalk.

The 208 GT Line model is one for the motoring fashionistas as it boasts daring styling and any number of ways to put your stamp upon the stylish exterior and interior.

Recently revamped, the 208 has been busily adding to the 100,000-plus UK sales achieved since it first rolled off the production line three years ago.

And it's not hard to understand the attraction as, along with Peugeot's personalisation packs, there are eye-catching features to guarantee kerb appeal such as natty rear light clusters resplendent with the French group's claw motif, two-tone headlights, separate fog lights and a choice of wheel options as well as 13 exterior colours to pick from.

So rest assured that although there may be quite a few 208s on the road, your pride and joy should still stand out from the crowd.

The GT Line specification I drove is one of the results of the model's recent refurb and takes the whole style focus to a new level thanks to 17-inch alloys, chrome trim, GT Line badging as well as a nifty equalizer grille with red 3D markings plus sleek front bumper and a gloss black finish for the front fog lamps.

The interior is, if anything, even more snazzy thanks to the black and red sports seats with a leather flat-bottomed sports steering wheel and aluminium pedals.

There is a surprising amount of room in a cabin with such sporty pretensions so five adults can be accommodated at a squeeze. Boot space is up with the best in class and there are plenty of cubby holes dotted about as well as a decent-sized glovebox to hide valuables away from prying eyes.

There are plenty of toys to play with as all models come with cruise control and air conditioning, as well as Bluetooth connectivity and remote central locking.

By the time you reach the heady heights of the GT Line, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system featuring a DAB radio is included as are automatic lights and wipers, parking sensors and dual-zone climate control. The safety side of the equation is handled by six airbags, stability control and tyre pressure sensors.

The 208 comes in three and five-door versions with the revised engine line up including the punchy 1.2-litre, 110bhp power unit under the bonnet of my car.

Fitted with a stop/start system it is frugal with fuel and boasts low emissions so meets stringent Euro 6 emissions standards. Economy doesn't come at the expense of performance though, so the 110bhp three-cylinder PureTech engine - ably assisted by a silky smooth six-speed automatic transmission - propels the supermini from a standing start to 62mph in a shade under ten seconds. It is nippy and eager while also able to cruise in comfort at motorway speeds.

The steering is sharp and informative while the 208 is as sure-footed as a mountain goat giving confidence in corners.

The suspension ensures a firm but comfortable ride while the nimble handling just begs to be tried out down the nearest country lane.

FAST FACTS

Peugeot 208 GT Line 1.2 PT 110 Auto

Price:£17,695

Mechanical:110bhp, 1,199cc, 3cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via 6-speed automatic gearbox

Max Speed:118mph

0-62mph:9.8 seconds

Combined MPG:62.8

Insurance Group:15

C02 emissions:104g/km

Bik rating:15%

Warranty:3yrs/60,000 miles

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