1989 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9 Copyright of Andrew Bone, Flickr

Peugeot 205 GTI (1984-1994)

‘If you want something sensible buy an anorak’
Is the Peugeot 205 GTI the best ever Hot Hatchback?
Some people think so, but I suppose Volkswagen may have something to say about that. Initially the Peugeot 205 GTI model was only available with a 1.6 litre engine. As if that wasn’t good enough, Peugeot then produced a 130 bhp 1.9 version. Both variants of the Peugeot 205 GTI have the reputation of…shall we say an exciting driving, definitely not for the faint hearted.

One of the world’s oldest motor manufacturers, Peugeot had a reputation of tried and tested engineering. Producing conservative cars that were less troublesome, which gained them loyal owners. Financial strains in the seventies were combated with the launch of the 205 model in the early eighties. The Peugeot 205 proved to be a bestseller, with various trim and engine options. Of course the GTI model was the best of a great bunch.

The eighties saw the group B rally scene take off. Peugeot’s 205 T16 proved very successful winning two group B Championships. This spurred on Peugeot, who then launched the 1.9 GTI with a great reception from the public buyers.

These early hatchbacks are once again hot property with values starting to increase rapidly. In fact a Peugeot 205 1.9 GTI was sold this year for £25,200 to a private collector. Although a budget of less than £10,000 will still get you a fine example.

Years Produced1984 - 1994
Performance0 - 60mph 7.6sec / Top Speed - 123mph
Power & Torque 130bhp / 119Ib ft
Engine195cc four cylinder / 8 valves
Drive-train front engine FWD
TransmissionFive speed manual

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The Peugeot 205 GTI is now gathering interest in the classic market and values are starting to rise accordingly. There are still plenty for sale, if your making your thinking of an investment then steer clear of high mileage and modified ones.


The Peugeot 205 GTI doesn’t seem to suffer badly with rust. It would still be worth checking the bodywork, especially the rear hatch area. Look out for badly repaired accident damage, as these cars were driven enthusiastically in the past. A sign of repair could be that the car has more than one key to open different doors, or for the ignition. As one key should work for everything.

Under the bonnet

Make sure you get good history with the car, as oil changes should be every 5,000 miles and cam belts every 50,000 miles. The Peugeot 205 GTI engine tend to get a bit smokey with age, if they haven’t been maintained properly.

Clutches can be heavy if tired, which is usually down to the clutch cable. Gear shifting should be tight and smooth. Check the cars brake pipes for corrosion, although they may have been replaced with copper – which is a good sign of a careful former owner. On the 1.9 GTI handbrakes seem to be problematic, so check this as well.

Peugeot electrics are not cheap to replace, so make sure all the switches are functioning properly. Distributor wear on the Peugeot 205 GTI hampers cold starts and gives a lumpy idle. Check the thermostat is working and the fan comes on.


The Peugeot offered many different special editions for the 205, so you’ll have a choice of interiors to pick from. If you take a look at the interior you’ll probably notice some usual wear and tear. It’s commonplace to notice this on the side of the bolsters on the drivers seat. This shouldn’t put you off a purchase though, as seat covers can be repaired or replaced.

The spare wheel sits underneath the boot floor, so make sure it’s still there as they often go missing. Wheels on the 1.9 kerb easily, so check the condition of these.

INSURING A Peugeot 205 GTI

It might make you feel old, but yes, the Peugeot 205 GTI is now eligible for classic car insurance. Here at Heritage Car Insurance we’ve been specialising in classic car insurance since 1965, so it’s safe to say we know a thing or two about classics.

We’ve tailor made our policies, to suit the needs of a classic car owner. If you insurance your classic with Heritage Car Insurance, you’ll get get free agreed valueand salvage retention as standard. As our customer you’ll also benefit from club, partner and limited mileage discounts.

Here are some typical examples of how little your classic Peugeot 205 GTI insurance could be:

  • This quotation has been based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 60.

Annual premium – £102.30 with a £100 accidental damage excess.

  • This quotation has been based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 45.

Annual premium – £102.30 with a £100 accidental damage excess.

  • This quotation has been based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 30.

Annual premium – £102.30 with a £100 accidental damage excess.

*NB: All insurance quotes are based on the same criteria: The vehicle being garaged overnight. Accident, claim and conviction free and a limited mileage of 3000 per annum with full use of a main car daily. All quotations are based on an Agreed Value of £5,000. Prices may alter depending on individual criteria.


The first reported theft in motoring history was actually in France dating back to 1896. The car stolen was a Peugeot.

Mark Wilkinson (Managing Partner of Heritage Classic Car Insurance) says

“The eighties saw the rise of the sporty hatchback and although the Peugeot 205 GTI didn’t start this genre, it became renown for being one of the most capable hot hatchbacks ever produced”

INSURING A Peugeot 205 GTI


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