Peugeot 205 30th anniversary picture gallery

The Peugeot 205 GTI is one of the best-loved and successful hatchbacks of all time - here's why it's still so fondly remembered after 30 years

The 205 was real game-changing car for Peugeot. The company had a slightly stale image, but when the 205 was launched in 1983, opinion quickly changed. It was the right car at the right time for the French company.

Just over a year later, the 1.6-litre GTI was launched. The stiffened suspension, perky 105bhp engine and sporty new looks helped the GTI compete with rivals from Volkswagen, Renault, Fiat among others – and after a few teething troubles with the earliest examples – succeeded in producing one of the best hot hatches of all time.

With the introduction of the 1.9-litre GTI in 1987, the 205 took on a much more grown-up attitude, with significantly more punch than before. The smaller-engined and stripped out Rallye models have also got a significant following in mainland Europe.

Read our test of the 'updated' 205 GTI by Peugeot specialist PUG1OFF

Most Popular

Porsche 911 Sally Carrera Special Edition revealed
Porsche Sally Carrera – front quarter
News

Porsche 911 Sally Carrera Special Edition revealed

Porsche’s been collaborating with Pixar on this one-off special that’ll be sold at Car Week for charity
12 Aug 2022
231mph Ultima GTR640 on the Isle of Man – evo Retro
Ultima GTR640
Features

231mph Ultima GTR640 on the Isle of Man – evo Retro

The Ultima GTR640 is one of the fastest accelerating road cars ever built. John Barker channels his inner racer and unleashes it on the Isle of Man TT…
11 Aug 2022
Used car deals of the week
Main used car deals
Advice

Used car deals of the week

In this week's used car deals, we've sourced everything from a Golf R to a McLaren 720S...
10 Aug 2022