To steal a question from a quiz we were presented with at the launch of the new Peugeot 208 XY, what did Roland Garros ‘famously’ invent?
That’s right, the aircraft machine gun. Don’t worry, we got it wrong too. But there’s a reason such an obscure question might appear on a Peugeot launch – Roland Garros badging has marked the luxury version of several small Peugeots ever since the 1980s.
Not for the Peugeot 208, where XY subtly hints at the word “luXurY”. That means luxurious colours, luxurious interior features and a luxurious specification list.
And before you scoff at the idea of a luxury car based on a small French hatchback, the XY’s upscale accoutrements actually work rather well.
We’re already familiar with the test car’s 1.6-litre e-HDi 115 PS diesel engine, having tested one in Feline spec back in January. It just scrapes a free tax disc with 99 g/km of CO2, combined economy is 74.3 mpg, and it’s a thoroughly pleasant engine to use, both refined and suitably punchy. Unsurprisingly, the XY drives identically to our previous 208 test car, so if you want further impressions then head over to our full review.
The XY is a striking looker though, particularly in this car’s rich Purple Night paintwork. While white, black and dark blue paintwork is also available, it’s a luxurious purple theme you’ll find throughout the XY, replicated on the logo badges, wheel rims and illuminated dial surrounds.
Purple stitching also appears on the intriguing metallic leatherette dashboard trim, floor mats, and the optional soft leather seats. Chrome and aluminium finishes decorate the car inside and out.
Combined with a panoramic glass sunroof the interior is a lovely place to be and make Peugeot’s luxury claims quite easy to stomach.
With prices starting at 16,545 and rising to 18,045 it’s certainly at the expensive end of the supermini market, though some of that is justified by the XY’s equipment levels.
Electric heated folding mirrors, satnav, DAB radio, Bluetooth, USB, slick LED indicators and daytime running lights, a panoramic roof and dual-zone aircon are all standard. Feel the need to personalise your XY further and both roof decals and parking assist are available.
Price as tested: 18,045
Combined MPG: 74.3
CO2: 99 g/km
UK buyers already specify their 208s to a high degree, and for a few hundred quid above the equivalent Feline the XY should prove popular with customers looking for an extra little something from their supermini.
If that sounds like you, then don’t let us stop you. The XY has all the virtues of any other 208 – good handling, a strong diesel engine, a quality cabin – but with a little extra luxury. And not a machine gun in sight…
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