Peugeot's hot hatch turns the tables on Ford
1. Peugeot 208 GTi
PUG’S return-to-form GTi may have bowed to Ford’s Fiesta ST at comparo time, but when it comes to number-crunching, the feisty French hot hatch turns the tables on its rival.
Despite costing $4000 more to buy, the 208 fights back with stronger resale, for starters, though whether this will be reflected in real-world used prices remains to be seen. Then there are the Pug’s 5.9L/100km official fuel use and $978 insurance premium, the best of any of the 25 performance cars considered. Only a good (but not great) three-year warranty stood between the reborn GTi and a Gold Star Awards clean-sweep.
2. Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo
ONLY 0.7 percentage points separated the 208 GTi and Hyundai’s quirky four-door coupe. The boosted Veloster boasts fine efficiency, superb resale, inexpensive insurance, a 12-month service interval and a five-year warranty.
3. Renault Clio RS200 EDC
RENAULT’S re-priced, fourth-gen hot Clio, now with turbo-assisted shove, moves firmly into the crosshairs for value-conscious buyers, narrowly ahead of another hi-po Korean coupe, the Kia Koup Turbo.
|Perform. <$75k||Purchase Price||Comb. Fuel (L/100km)||Fuel RON (min. rec.)||3-year fuel cost||Redbook resale (%)||3-year deprec.||AAMI insurance prem.||Service interval (months)||Warranty (years)|
|Peugeot 208 GTi||$29,990||5.9||95||$3586||68||$9597||$978.87||12||3|
|Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo||$31,990||6.8||91||$3881||65||$11,197||$992.02||12||5|
|Renault Clio RS200 EDC||$29,290||6.3||95||$3829||60||$11,716||$1124.80||12||5|
Notable classmates: Kia Cerato Koup Turbo, Ford Fiesta ST / Number of cars crunched: 25