Peugeot’s pricing for the 208 GTi 30th may be ambitious, but it isn’t exorbitant for a big-hitting supermini in 2015. The Fiesta ST, which is on offer for less than £18k, continues to make every rival look expensive as things stand, but that kind of value is the exception, not the rule.

Nissan’s Juke Nismo RS is barely any cheaper than this 208, for example. Both the Audi S1 and the upcoming Mini JCW are considerably more expensive. And although they’re premium-brand offerings, neither the Audi nor the Mini has the advantage of limited-run supply to bolster residual values.

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Just 300 examples of the 30th anniversary 208 GTi will be made, 100 of which are coming to the UK and a decent number of which have already been sold. Our market sources are understandably conservative about the car’s likely residual values.

If it becomes collectable, the GTi 30th could retain its financial worth better than anyone expects – although there’s no sign yet of the kind of demand that would be required to make that happen.

Otherwise, costs of ownership on the 208 GTi 30th promise to be quite low. Rated in group 30 for insurance, it’s in the same classification as the normal 208 GTi and the equivalent Ford Fiesta ST. A Clio RS 200 is only one group lower.

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On fuel economy, the car’s performance is laudable. Our True MPG recorded 41.2mpg as a test average, more than 10 percent better than the Fiesta ST returned.

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