2016 Peugeot 208 GT Line – A Stylish Personal Hatchback
Cutting loose from the big SUVs that rule the roads here in the United Arab Emirates, there’s still a big market that contradicts and compete head-on – is the sub-compact segment. Sedans aside, I favor small hatchbacks. They are akin to personalized accessories, like a jewelry or wristwatch that you like wearing every day or an imaginative personal assistance that never exist but you keep having an imaginary conversation. Small hatchbacks are such personal items.
I was pretty excited when I was offered to review and test drive the latest 2016 Peugeot 208 GT Line. These T-shirt weights, small city runabouts offers so much more. As you keep on doing small to big chores usually without complaining much about fuel economy and the reach is endless as these sub-compacts can go in the smallest recesses. So lets footloose, in the 2016 Peugeot 208 GT Line and see how long can I stick a smile on my stern face, joie de vivre!
Snazzy Style – 8.5/ 10
Wow! That first look caught me, I am a sucker for clean lines. Even though, when viewed philosophically it felt like the whole car is designed over a chicken egg. Yet, all the right elements embedded to emanate that sporty feel. Those red contrasting red equalizer lines from the HiFi system on the front grille to the bright polished accents and shiny LEDs all around, with rear lights depicting falling fireworks along with the large 17’’ Caesium diamante alloy wheels makes it a hip and modish jewelry that you surely like to wear.
Inside, the first thing that I noticed is the shiny black interior. Yet again, the posh look of leatherette seats and the red equalizer theme impressed me. The sculpted carbon fiber like a panel on the dashboard with aluminum finishers on the gear knob and air-vents, the interior design reflects French trendiness with the warmth of the ambient lighting. Thankfully a-far-cry from the plaid dull looking interior that comes in Asian cars, though it’s another thing that the quality and touch feel of the plastic is quite similar.
While the small stubby flat-bottom-steering is a delight to handle, however, whichever way you try to adjust it doesn’t get properly aligned with the instrument binnacle – known as head-up dials. Interestingly, Peugeot calls it, I-Cockpit, yet it contradicts with the ideology of the design in the first place. It’s either the small size of the steering wheel that hides the dials or is it a design glitch that returns the same result. The 7-inch colored screen is slow to respond. When it is asked to switch between available themes it takes longer than Windows Vista to reboot.
I am happy to see the non-availability of the CD player, thanks to Peugeot for clearing the clutter, instead, there are multiple ways to play your favorite music via multimedia USB and Bluetooth integration. Cabin space is OK as per the segment of the car. There’s enough legroom for the occupants in the rear along with space for your shopping bags in the trunk while returning back from Carrefour.
The Drive – 6.0/ 10
My bad, I was under the impression that GT Line stems up from the iconic predecessor the 205 GTi? Err not! It’s just the cosmetic badge that brings out the sport image, but sans the feel. The 2016 Peugeot GT-Line comes with the standard 1.6 L – 4 cylinder engine that puffs out 120hp at peak 6000 RPM and 140nm of torque @ 4250 north side. Numbers itself indicate the struggle to achieve peak performance and when combined with the old school 4-speed autobox, the melee is unavoidable.
I assumed that’s all because of the fact I got deceived by the badge. It doesn’t matter whether the car is driven in the (un) sport mode or the normal mode. The only way I found to reason with the mechanics of the car is to drive in a sterile manner. Hence 0 to 100 km is achieved in a shade over 11 seconds, who cares this is not a GTi.
Drive-wise, tossing the car in the narrow streets, making a U-turn is a delight. Turn the small steering and the dividends are the larger, a trait, I wish every small hatchback must have. At the same time, it’s the 4 wheel disc brakes that are so commendable and brings the Peugeot 208 GT Line to an assuring halt.
Safety 6.5/ 10
The 2016 Peugeot 208 GT Line features Advance Safety that includes enhanced triple impact absorption structure. Apart from being loaded with active safety features, it includes driver and passenger airbags and Anti-Lock brakes. Rear parking with Reverse Camera and electronic child lock safety.
Buyers Guide for Trendy Peugeot 208 GT Line 7.0/ 10
Trendy fashion sets you apart from the crowd and being an individual is a cool thing. I see many people standing in front of the car pressing the keyfob hard or trying to open the driver side door, cursing the key and then saying the magic spell but nothing happens. The reason is they are standing in front of a look-a-like car. You see Shakespeare was right, The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings!
With the French connection, this will not happen. Apart from being a top model in the 208 line up, our tester 208 GT Line came embellished with quite an accessory which includes Cielo Panoramic Roof with Mood lighting, Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, and Bizone Automatic Aircon with Bluetooth and USB to connect your music and enjoy your frolicked drive. Check out all the above features and you would end up shelling out a wad of AED 71500.
Walk into any Swaidan Trading showroom these days and you’ll be greeted with the Ramadan’s blessings. 5 years/ unlimited Km warranty with a service contract of 3 years/ 60000 Km. Free registration along with free insurance and window tinting should you like. That’s Ramadan Kareem, joie de vivre!