Its been 4 years since the Peugeot 208 GTi hit our shores, and 2 plus years since your’s truly were handed his very own set of keys.
80,000 km and counting, the little firecracker of a hot hatch from Peugeot have dismissed a few myths that surround it.
1. It’s not the best all-rounder because it offers the most amount of kit for the price, it’s the best all-rounder because of that and the amazing standard set up that’s a dream on our Malaysian ‘Touge’ roads. It is a rewarding drive first, a proper enthusiasts machine, and we have established that in our previous write up (click here for full article)
2. It’s reliable, by any cars standards. Most of the GTi owners, me including, have found it to be bulletproof in handling abuse. Curiously it’s the daily driven, or the ‘driven hard’ ones are the units that seem to be most reliable. This report was compiled in our 70,000km report (click here for full article)
3. No support from aftersales. The GTi owners group are, I daresay, the golden children of the Nasim group. The community kicked off and thrived independently, but also are showered with lots of love and care from both the importers and dealers. We have, thus far, organized many events officially and unofficially with the GTi community. (click here for full article)
It’s a big deal for me yes, but considering the interior being really luxurious and the fact that I have all these extras thrown in, I’d say RM4000 price increase is nothing short of a miracle from Nasim’s side. In plain English, this car is almost a steal!
But wait, what about the rest of the market?
When launched, the 208 GTi had to fight with the other hatches such as the Renautsport Clio RS and the Polo GTi. The Clio although was a lovely car, it’s a good RM40k dearer than the Pug, with a stubborn gearbox which won’t downshift at will. The Polo GTi was rather bland inside and out was still more expensive than the Pug. Both cars are no longer offered in the market. And the last option one has is the Mini Cooper S, and nearly 100k extra. The info graphics below will be able to give a better explanation on where the GTi stacks up to its rivals.
I would love to write a comparison on how the Peugeot GTi out does all 3 cars on the highly demanding Malaysian B roads but its futile, since the Peugeot is the only one left in the market, along with the Cooper.
To conclude, the GTi is an amazingly talented DRIVERS CAR. In my opinion, as far as Malaysia is concern, it would be hard to break the GTi’s dynamic prowess, period. And then it has a whole lot of additional features and abilities that make this the true value buy amongst any performance car on sale in Malaysia today. For those in the Northern region of Malaysia, please book your test drive with our friends in CS Euro Butterworth and Bukit Mertajam today and experience the GTi yourself today. After all, a performance car is meant to be driven, right?
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These are the 3 best points I’ve personally enjoyed as a GTi owner, and I was curious to see how the facelift GTi would match up to my existing unit. I knew for a fact that it would be impossible for Nasim to maintain a sub 140k pricing, especially given that the ringgit has considerably weakened against other currencies. I also assumed that the difference would be mostly software and aesthetics related, therefore I’m not going to miss out on much.
What I witnessed at Nasim when I did the sneak peak video though, I was not prepared for. No need to beat around the bush, the facelift GTi is priced at 143,888, which is 4k more than its predecessor. Based on the video, these are what I’ve noticed as the difference
What you get:
1.8bhp / 25Nm gain (that’s the equivalent of a Stage 1 tune outside, which ranges between RM2000 – RM 4000)
2. Start – Stop system (I have no idea how much but I’m guessing really expensive, could save about 0.5l-1l/100km)
3. Better sounding exhaust (definitely sound much more growly and angrier than mine!)
4. Rumoured different gearbox with different ratio size (to be verified, makes sense to accommodate start-stop and to capitalize on the extra torque, very expensive if so!)
5. New interface
6. New exterior styling, including lights (RM1000 – RM2000)
What you loose out:
1. Panoramic roof