New Volkswagen Polo v Peugeot 208 GT-Line
Cool, eye-catching and snazzy, just a few words than be used to describe both Volkswagen’s New Polo and the updated Peugeot 208 GT-Line. These hatchbacks play in a competitive market, each manufacturer has their own version of what Is truly hatch. There needs to be a balance between fun factor, functionality, technology, practically and appearance — building a hatchback is easy for the common car producer, but selling it is a different story.
In a country where the Volkswagen Polo is the norm, how does the Frenchie stack up? Let’s get down and dirty.
This reminds me of the common topic of argument among boys and men. Jennifer Anniston or Angela Jolie? They are both beautiful women in different ways. The same rings true with the New Polo and Pug 208. The Polo, on one hand, features an edgy design which gives off a “young professional” feel, whereas the 208-GT Line is curvier, fun looking vehicle.
Interior and Technology
While both vehicles boast good quality interiors, the experience is totally different. The New Polo features a typical clean Volkswagen look and the 8” Composition Media display really adds a nice premium touch. It’s also built into the dashboard resulting in a classy, clean feel. Opting for the optional Active Info Display further adds to the premium feel of the New Polo cabin, the 11” display replaces conventional dashboard dials and provides different interfaces for the driver. This option brings features not normally associated with a hatchback.
Jumping to the 208 GT-line results in an unusual but sportier environment. The dashboard is high, the steering wheel is small and located particularly low. After a short while pulling leavers and twisting nobs, I found a low seated driving position that I enjoyed. The sporty appeal, supportive seats and small diameter steering wheel offer something different from a hatchback and once you have settled in, it becomes rather enjoyable.
Both cars offer Apple CarPlay (Android auto is compatible but still not available in ZA) and in terms of usability and interface, the VW Polo comes out on top.
The 208 produces a nippy 81Kws of power, has a nimble chassis. The front end of this vehicle| stood out to me as it was very positive and provides plenty of grip. Combine this with the sporty driving position and driving 208 GT Line is a fun affair. If you are one who enjoys a good twisty road, the 208 might be your weapon of choice.
When it comes to the Polo, it produces 85Kw and is slightly calmer in its approach. It’s more grown up out of the two and doesn’t have as much of a sporty appeal( The optional R-Line package can spice things up). I say this a lot, but the Polo has a young professional ora.
What you choose depends on the type of person you are, both the Volkswagen Polo and the Peugeot 208 GT line are good cars, they both look great, drive well and offer unique packages as well as a host of tech.
Peugeot 208 Pricing in South Africa
208 ACTIVE 1.2 PureTech BVM 60kW MT R 224 900
208 ALLURE 1.2 PureTech BVM 60kW MT R 239 900
208 GT-LINE 1.2 PureTech BVM 81kW Turbo MT R 259 900
Pricing includes a three-year/100 000 km warranty and 3 year/ 45 000km service plan.
Volkswagen Polo Pricing in South Africa
1.0 TSI 70kW Trendline R 235 900
1.0 TSI 70kW Comfortline R 264 700
1.0 TSI 70kW Comfortline DSG R 280 700
1.0 TSI 85kW Highline R 286 200
1.0 TSI 85kW Highline DSG R 302 200
The new Volkswagen Polo models come standard with a 3 year/45 000km Service Plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty. Service Interval is 15 000km.
Originally published at The Motorist.