Peugeot 208 GTI pricing

In the market for a new hot hatch? You're in luck because 2013 looks like being a bit of a vintage year with a new Renaultsport Clio, the Fiesta ST and the return of the hot Peugeot in the form of the 208 GTI.

Worth a couple of grand over the Fiesta ST?
Worth a couple of grand over the Fiesta ST?
All carry the weight of expectation but the Fiesta has scored first blood with the announcement last week of a £16,995 starting price that gives it a near £2,000 advantage over the 208 GTI before a wheel has even turned. Like Peugeot wasn't already finding things tough...

OK, the 200hp 208 packs 20hp more than the Fiesta but at nearly £100 per pony that's a fair premium and if you're a numbers man you're going to be paying for the privilege.

Which leaves Renault to play its hand. Can it match its domestic rival's £18,895 starting price? Renaultsport's stock is currently higher in terms of pedigree and reputation but that controversial move to dual-clutch only could well cost both in terms of appeal among the more purist customer base and the bottom line. Given that the Fiesta's Focus ST big brother starts at £21,995 the Clio's not going to have much wriggle room on pricing and anything much more than £20K is going to be difficult to justify, despite Peugeot charging £20,495 for a limited run of 29 pre-launch Limited Edition 208 GTIs.

Rally know-how to go into 'ring 24H racer
Rally know-how to go into 'ring 24H racer
Ahead of the new car's launch in the spring Peugeot is meanwhile working hard to establish that kind of competition credibility its Renaultsport and Ford rivals already bring to the party. Irish factory driver and Peugeot Rally Academy graduate Craig Breen has been helping shakedown the new 208 GTI R5 rally car, praising the gearbox and braking stability in particular. The evocative paint scheme with its hints of 205 T16 Group B glory days is a shrewd move too.

There's a track campaign in the offing too, with two cars entered into the Nurburgring 24-hour driven by winners from a Europe-wide competition that ran earlier in the month. The five UK representatives will be chosen at the national pre-selection level at the end of February, before heading to La Ferte Gauche circuit in France on March 4 for the final. One will then go on to fly the flag for the UK in one of the 208 GTIs, the car using technology gleened from both the R2 and R5 rally cars and 250hp RCZ Cup circuit racer.

Evocative colours hark back to glory days
Evocative colours hark back to glory days
See vid of the 208 GTI R5 shakedown here.














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  • hotmelt 19 Mar 2013

    Sutcliffe at the end says "Maybe the Peugeot 208 GTI really does stand a chance of redressing the balance, after all." i think journalists have allready driven 208 GTI just that tests will be published next week. I was sceptical too but it seems Peugeot GTI is back

    Edited by hotmelt on Tuesday 19th March 01:22

  • militantmandy 01 Feb 2013

    Baryonyx said:
    We have a fleet of Ford, Vauxhall, BMW, Peugeot, Mercedes and a scant few Volvos left at work now. The BMW's and the Vauxhalls are the most unreliable of the lot. The BMW's are also the most expensive to fix.
    ALL of our 11 plate diesel Astras (25+) had to go in for dodgy gearboxes. The mechanism that stops you putting the car into reverse without pressing the button on the gearstick kept failing. As such, you pushed the stick forward into what you thought was first and hey presto, reverse! Particularly bad for a hire car! No idea what they cost to fix or weather it was done under warranty.

    I can also confirm that crashed Audi A1s are VERY expensive to fix!

  • TobesH 31 Jan 2013

    MajorProblem said:
    I'm pretty sure (without checking) my R5 GTT in 1991 was £11500.

    In today's money that would be £20k
    I remember the R5 GT Turbo very well, fragile but quick (fast enough to bother a Porsche 944 2.5 which was £20,000 new in '86). It was MUCH faster than pretty much any comparable 'hot hatch' when released listed at £7600 so actually equates to £16,000 now.

    The fact is Peugoet seem to be struggling to make cars like which really stand out and that you'd actually buy instead of a VW, Audi, Ford, Vauxhall etc.

    By the way I've found a new Focus ST1 (basic version) for £ 17,000 brand new so I guess the Peugeot will be discounted heavily anyway.

  • Darren61 31 Jan 2013

    pthelazyjourno said:
    Driving a Lotus and not a £20k hatchback with a price that will drop like a brick...

    I wasn't suggesting you spend it on a German hatch, BTW, merely answering another point.

    Have had many French hatchbacks (at least 7 off the top of my head), and £20k for a small Peugeot is madness, whether you claim to be a petrolhead or not.

    If it turns out to be brilliant, I'll revise my opinion.

    Edited by pthelazyjourno on Tuesday 29th January 22:08
    Fair enough, theres just a lot of folk here that will shoot down anything that is 'not German' as you probably already know, and I'm sure this car will be a good steer, it needs a chance to be successful, as I'd like to see some challenge to RenaultSport personally (in this segment)

  • MajorProblem 30 Jan 2013

    I'm pretty sure (without checking) my R5 GTT in 1991 was £11500.

    In today's money that would be £20k

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