Renault Clio RS vs Peugeot 208 GTi (Video)

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Head to Head: Renault Clio RS vs Peugeot 208 GTi

Every head to head comparison requires us car writers to come up with some sort of overly dramatic war analogy. It’s a rule. So let’s call this one the French Civil War!

The fairly new Renault Clio RS takes on the Peugeot 208 GTi which has been with us for a little while now. The cars are very similar; both have 1.6 litre turbo engines. Both have 147 kW and both have a price tag of around R300 000, depending on the options you choose.

However they differ quite fundamentally in their approach to transferring that power to the front wheels. The Renault has a new double clutch, flappy paddle gearbox, while the 208 employs a good ol’ fashioned six-speed manual.

Dave got hold of the Renault and he reckons it’s the future of small hot hatches. You can read his review of the Renault Clio 200 RS here. While I can’t argue that the Clio RS is a very accomplished little racer, I think it’s a bit too hardcore to live with on a daily basis. The Peugeot is more comfortable, both in terms of ride comfort and interior comfort, and the joy of using a proper stick shift in this age of computerised everything can’t be overstated.

That said, when it comes down to a simple, straightline drag race, I was a bit jealous that I didn’t have launch control. It’s a challenge to get the Peugeot off the line as quickly as the Clio, and you’ll have to watch the video to see who took the honours in our little street brawl.

However, on an epic, twisty road such as Cape Town’s De Waal drive, the location for the start of our video, both cars were huge fun.

Comparison Specs: Renault Clio RS vs Peugeot 208 GTi

See a full comparison between the Renault Clio RS vs Peugeot 208 GTI here.
Renault Clio RS Cup Peugeot 208 GTi
Price R319 900 R301 600
Engine 1.6 litre turbo petrol 1.6 litre turbo petrol
Power 147 kW 147 kW
Torque 240 Nm 275 Nm
Acceleration 0-100km/h in 6.7s 0-100km/h in 6.8s
Top Speed 230km/h 230km/h
Fuel consumption 6.3 litres/100km 5.9 litres/100km