Peugeot’s new 208 compact car will be here in late October and will be the lowest entry point for the brand in its Australian history.

THE 2016 PEUGEOT 208 is a small city car which has been refreshed with new transmissions and interior gear. There are five models, three engines, two transmissions and two body styles. The range starts with a basic five-speed, 60kW manual and moves up to the GTi at the top end:

  • Access manual; $15,990 (60kW drivetrain)
  • Access auto; $18,990 (81kW drivetrain)
  • Active; $21,990 (automatic transmission only)
  • Allure; $25,990 (automatic transmission only)
  • GT-Line; $27,490 (automatic transmission only)
  • GTi; $30,990

Main image: Access (rear left), GTi (rear right), Active (centre), Allure (front left – options shown) and GT-Line (front right.  We have a full review of the 2016 GTi.

All prices are plus on-road costs. The options list is:

  • Metallic paint; $990 (all models)
  • Premium/textured paints; $1050 (excludes Access)
  • Rear camera $300 (Active, Allure, GT-Line and GTi)
  • Rear camera with Active City Brake; $500 (Allure & GT-Line)
  • Navigation; $1250 (Active)
  • Panoramic roof; $1000 (Allure and GT-Line)
  • 17-inch alloy wheels; $1000 (Allure)
  • Leather with seat heating front; $2000 (Allure)

Very often the metallic paint is an option you almost need to take because it otherwise limits your colour choice, but we don’t know if that’s the case here. The rear camera is good value. “Active City Brake” is a kind of AEB system, explained here. A notable inclusion not listed above is a tyre pressure monitoring system, but cruise control is not standard on Access.

The GT-Line is interesting.  Peugeot says: “Appearing for the first time in the Australian 208 line-up is the sports-oriented GT-Line and, at a lowly $27,490 RRP it is sure to be a favorite for drivers wanting the look and feel of Peugeot’s iconic GTi, but without the high-performance drivetrain.”

In others words, show not go. Of course, Peugeot has a very distinguished history with hot hatches, so it is reassuring to see there is a real GTi model for not much more. The specs don’t say, but we assume the suspension and steering is modified to suit a performance car. And it’s manual only, we suspect because Europeans absolutely love their little manuals, especially in hot-hatch form. This writer will not disagree.

All models are 5-doors, except for the GTi which is only 3-door.

Here’s the full range walkthrough, all prices exclusive of on-roads:

NEW Access (RRP: $15,990)

  • 60kW, 1.2L, 3 cylinder, PureTech drivetrain
  • 5 –speed manual transmission
  • Six airbags
  • ABS, EBD, Traction control and stability control
  • Tyre pressure warning sensors
  • Power front windows
  • Cruise control with electronic speed limiter
  • Air-conditioning with air-conditioned glovebox
  • Six speaker audio with CD player and Arkamys digital sound processing
  • USB and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Central locking
  • Halogen headlamps with Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
  • Hurricane Grey paint
  • 15” steel wheels with wheel covers with full size spare

NEW Access automatic (RRP: $18,990) – over Access manual.

  • +21kW (1.2L, PureTech, turbo-petrol drivetrain)
  • Six-speed Aisin automatic transmission
  • Stop and Start system

Active (RRP: $21,990) – over Access automatic.

  • 7” full-colour touchscreen audio
  • Front fog lamps
  • Rear parking sonar
  • Programmable cruise control via 7” touchscreen
  • Two-tone black and chrome headlamps with LED DRL
  • 16” Titane alloy wheels with full size spare
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Body colour door handles
  • Electric folding mirrors

Allure (RRP: $25,990) – over Active

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Satellite navigation
  • Self-parking (Entry, exit, parallel)
  • Fog lamps with cornering function
  • Front parking sensors
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Electrochromatic rear view mirror
  • Chrome pack with chrome effect ‘Equalizer’ grille and mirror shells
  • Smooth leather steering wheel and gear lever with satin chrome highlights
  • Satin chrome highlights around air vents and dash
  • Folding centre armrest with storage
  • Mistral mesh sports cloth trim

NEW GT-Line (RRP: $27,990) – over Allure

  • 17” Caesium alloy wheels
  • Privacy glass
  • GT-Line piano black and gloss red interior highlights and red stripe seatbelts
  • Sports bucket seats in Mistral/Red Oxford topstitch
  • Smooth leather and chrome steering wheel
  • Passenger seat height adjustment
  • ‘Equalizer’ sports grille with red highlights and red Peugeot lettering
  • Perla nera black mirror shells
  • Chrome exhaust tips
  • GT-Line badging

GTi (RRP: $30,990) – over GT-Line (review here)

  • 3 door body style
  • +72kW, +95Nm over 1.2L PureTech turbo (153kW and 300Nm)
  • 6 speed manual transmission
  • 17” Carbone alloy wheels
  • Chrome headlamps with GTi lettering and LED lighting signature
  • Unique front and rear bumpers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Sports bucket seats in half nappa leather and mesh cloth trim
  • GTi badging and identity plate
  • Minus front parking sonar and park assist



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