The Peugeot 208 GTi has arrived. Its makers say the little hot hatchback ticks all the boxes. According to Peugeot, the GTI is powerful and fast – but also rates high in the area of efficiency.

Power comes from a 147kW turbocharged 1.6-litre engine. The original Peugeot 205 GTi boasted a 77kW output. This new model promises “giant-killing” dynamics, following in the footsteps of its iconic progenitor.

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Setting it apart from lesser siblings are a host of GTi-specific exterior bits. It rides on 17-inch alloy wheels, has red brake calipers and is available in an array of striking colours: from Calado blue to Rioja red.

Standard kit includes dual-zone climate control, cruise control, a self-parking system and a full-colour touchscreen interface. It’s on sale now and you can have it for R259 900. We’ve yet to drive it; although our current pick in this segment is the Ford Fiesta ST.

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However, this seems to come loaded with way more than the similarly-priced ST. This should make for an interesting battle. Included in the price of the GTi is a five-year/60 000km maintenance plan and three-year/100 000km warranty.