The Peugeot 205 is the classic small supermini hatchback sold between 1983 and 1996 in three or five-door versions. Engines ranged from 954cc to 1905cc in fuel injected petrol and Diesel versions.
Known as the French Flyer the 205 is regarded as a modern classic and credited for saving Peugeots fortunes in the latter part of the last century.
Before the 205 Peugeot was considered dull by many for its family saloon range. Early 205s used the Douvrin engine from the older Peugeot 104 although these were later replaced with newer XU and TU-series.
The 205 was an instant hit although production was gradually slowed while joint replacement models Peugeot 106 and Peugeot 306
were brought out eventually stopping in 1996 when it became fully replaced by the 206 in 1998.
Over 5,278,000 Peugeot 205s were produced.
Peugeot 205 1.9 GTI
The GTi versions came in either 1.6 or 1.9 litre and were among the most popular hot hatches of the era.
Compared to modern cars they are difficult to handle but are a rewarding experience which encourages huge devotion from owners.
Many industry commentators regard the 205 as the best GTi of its era and is still the hot dog of hot hatches even 20 years later.
Its combination of lightweight body, nimble chassis, strong engines and steering prowess make it difficult to beat.
The main difference between GTi/CTi versions and other 205s were plastic wheel arches and trim and a bigger rear bumper.
Review Centre Reviewers are in love with the Peugeot 205 1.9 GTi. It it is one of the most positively reviewed products on this site.
Typical comments are: I bought my Peugeot 205 1.9 GTi Sports Car about a year ago - it is the ultimate of all cars. I have never had a problem with it and The Peugeot 205 1.9 GTi is a great little car I love it.
Parkers Guide says: Solidly built for its time but lacks modern safety features.
Yahoo Cars said: By anybodys reckoning, Peugeots 205 ranks as one of the key small cars of the last 20 years.
Trim levels range from Junior, Style, XL, XR, GL, GR but the GTi 1.9 may be the best of the bunch. After so many sales there are clearly plenty around still but check for rust and other signs of wear and tear.
Power: 85 bhp.
Top Speed: 108mph.
Acceleration: 0-62 mph in 9s.
Car Insurance Group: 9.