Peugeot Motors SA has added two new entry-level models to its long-serving 206 range, adorned them with funky badging, zooty trim, aircons and CD players. At R109 900, is the 1,4-litre three-door Popart a steal?

Peugeot Motors SA has added two new entry-level models to its long-serving 206 range, adorned them with funky badging, zooty trim, aircons and CD players. At R109 900, is the 1,4-litre three-door Popart a steal? The similarly-specced five-door costs R115 900.


With the addition of the two Popart models, there are now 12 derivatives of the 206 available in South Africa. “Our most affordable 206 was the X-Line 1,4 (R124 400). With the new Popart, we have shaved nearly R15 000 off the price, bringing the 206 closer to a large segment of the market,” Peugeot Motors SA general marketing manager Jean-Marie Rivière said.


The Popart is powered by the same 1,4-litre powerplant previously used in the 1,4 X-Line, while the latter has been upgraded with a 16-valve 1,4-litre unit. The Popart has a fashionable blue and black trim, a “Popart” badge on the tailgate and airconditioning and a CD player as standard.


Both Popart models are fitted with two airbags at the front, power steering and central locking, but ABS and electric windows are not on the vehicles’ standard equipment list. The prices include a three-year/100 000km warranty. Service intervals are at 30 000 km with free 15 000 km warranty checks and Peugeot Assistance provides roadside and medical assistance throughout South Africa.


Head to head – Popart versus Va Va Voom


Although the 206 and Clio models are in the autumn of their respective model lives, Peugeot and Renault have respectively produced more affordable models for the South African market in the forms of the Popart and limited edition Va Va Voom.


CARtoday.com reported recently that the five-door 1,2-litre Clio Va Va Voom (priced at R99 995) comes with a radio that incorporates a CD/MP3 player, dual front airbags, air conditioning, front electric windows, height-adjustable steering wheel with power steering and remote central locking with RAID, which automatically locks the doors when the car is in motion, as standard.


It’s a close match between the French rivals… On the face of it, the five-door Clio offers front electric windows and 1,2-litre power for R99 995, but the Peugeot offers the pizzazz of special trim and sporty three-door configuration at R109 900. The five-door Popart costs R115 900, but offers the advantage of a 1,4-litre 8-valve that is slightly more torquey, although just as powerful, as the Renault’s 1,2-litre 16-valve unit.

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