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Peugeot 208 gets thrifty


WHEN the Peugeot 208 burst onto the local scene, the French marque’s sale figures grew at a healthy pace. Now Peugeot has extended its highly successful compact hatchback line-up with the addition of the affordable, three-door Access 1.0 model.

The newcomer brings the 208 ownership experience within reach of a wider audience. The 208 Access 1.0 VTi showcases Peugeot’s latest design language, but its three-door configuration adds a further element of youthful flair and sportiness to the already popular range. 

The striking grille, with its black honeycomb grille and dark aluminium surround, is flanked on either side by boldly proportioned headlights, with close attention to fine detail as true of this entry-level model across the 208 range.

The boomerang-shaped tail lights are another visually distinctive feature, while the overall silhouette is sleek and wind-cheating, but also compact and athletic. A smooth roofline and sculpted sides add to the dynamic aesthetics.

The interior echoes the smart functionality of the entire 208 range. The front bucket seats and rear bench are upholstered in attractive yet durable cloth upholstery while the overall fit and finish are exemplary.

Standard equipment includes electric front windows, central locking, Isofix child seat mounts and an on-board trip computer. ABS brakes with EBD and dual front airbags for the driver and front passenger ensure a high degree of active and passive safety. A full-size spare wheel is standard.

The Access 1.0 is powered by an efficient, in-line three-cylinder engine. The 999cc unit has a maximum output of 50kW combined with a torque peak of 95 Nm. That urge is delivered to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox.

The 208 Access 1.0 VTi goes from zero to 100 km/h in 14 seconds and has a top speed of 163 km/h. Of even greater interest is the Peugeot 208’s fuel efficiency, which comes to an impressive average of 4.3 litres/100 km. 

The three-door Peugeot 208 Access 1.0 VTi is covered by a three-year warranty. Peugeot’s 5-year/60 000 km maintenance Premium Plan is included as standard. This newcomer will retail for R147 500.

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