Peugeot 208

4/5
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Verdict

The Peugeot 208 is a good looking supermini with impressive interior space, a big boot with a range of efficient petrol and diesel engine options.

Performance

The 208 comes with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines to choose from. The petrol variants consist of the three cylinder 1.0 PureTech with 68bhp mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, the 1.2 litre PureTech with 82bhp with a 5-speed manual or 100bhp, with a choice of the Ecomatique automatic transmission. There is the top of the range high performance 1.6 litre THP GTI with 198bhp to choose from too. Diesel options include the brilliantly efficient 1.6 BlueHDi with the choice of 75 or 100bhp engine variants. Both are mated to a 5-speed manual.

Ride & Handling

The 208 feels quite agile from the moment you jump behind the wheel. Its underpinnings have not changed much from its predecessor the 207, so it still grips well in the corners and keeps body roll in check at all times. Overall it provides a supple ride particularly on motorways where it cruises really well. It is not too happy absorbing lumps and bumps at lower speeds and can feel a little firm at times on badly surfaced roads. The combination of good engines and handling however, make it fun to drive.

Refinement

The 208 comes with a choice of four trim levels to choose from. These are Access, Active, Allure and GTline. There is a good level of kit as standard in the entry level Access that includes cruise control and speed limiter, remote central locking, electric front windows and Bluetooth connectivity, but you do have to opt for the Allure pack to benefit from the 7 inch touch screen infotainment system. Move up the trim lines and you benefit from additional comforts like tinted rear windows, dual-zone air-conditioning, leather interior and GTI type styling.

Quality & Reliability

The Peugeot 208 benefits from Peugeot’s clever new i-Cockpit design. Love or hate the idea, you read your instruments by looking over the new smaller steering wheel. It does take a little getting used to, but it's a concept that works. The overall design of the dashboard blends well thanks to its unique looks and use of good quality materials across the top and centre console. The seats are comfortable and provide decent support. While the 7 inch touchscreen is good for controlling your phone and music, the air-conditioning controls are also housed here making them awkward to control.

Safety & Security

The Peugeot 208 was awarded the full five star rating in the Euro NCAP crash test thanks to a good level of safety technology as standard. This includes electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes and a full host of six airbags with hill assist available on Active and Allure models only. You can also spec further safety items like rear parking sensors and the Active City Stop braking system that will automatically brake the car if it detects a collision is imminent.

Space & Practicality

The 208 provides a good level of practicality with large door pockets but a small glovebox. While there is more than enough space in the front for passengers, rear head and legroom is impressive too. You could fit three adults at a squeeze, while two would be comfortable. Boot size is excellent with a 285 litre capacity coming in ahead of most of its rivals like the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo. This can be further increased to 1152 litres thanks to folding rear seats too.

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Key Facts

New Price
€14,845
Make

Peugeot

Model
208
Variant
Access 1.0 PureTech 68bhp 3dr
First year of model production
2012
Engine (L)
1.0
Transmission
Manual
Gears
5 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback

Running Costs

Tax
€190
Tax Band
A3
Average Cost Per 200km
€11.56
Cost of filling a tank
€65.7
Average L/100km
4.4
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
50
Fuel Tank Range (km)
1136
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
102
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Brake Horsepower
68
Top Speed
163 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
14.0
Cylinders
3
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of Valves
4
Aspiration
Normal
Torque
95

Space & Practicality

Doors
3
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
285
Kerb weight
975
Tyre Size Front
185/65 R15
Tyre Size Back
185/65 R15
Wheel Base
2538

Warranty

Warranty All Components
5 Year warranty
Warranty Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
5 Year warranty
Warranty Mileage
100000
Warranty Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Isofix
Yes
Euro NCAP Star Rating
5

What Experts Say

Auto Express
Peugeot's 208 sits firmly in the mainstream of the ultra-competitive supermini class. It goes head-to-head with top sellers like the Ford Fiesta
Top Gear
Peugeot has a hit on its hands with the good looking and cheerily willing 208.
What Car
The Peugeot 208 is classy, well equipped and efficient, but let down by its cramped cabin and poor driving experience.

Dimensions

Boot capacity
285 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
185/65 R15 mm
Tyre size back
185/65 R15 mm
Length
3962 mm
Width
1829 mm
Height
1460 mm
Wheel Base
2538 mm
Front Track (mm)
1460 mm
Kerb weight
975 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1484 KG
Turning circle (m)
10.4 m

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Front Suspension
McPherson
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent, spring
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Drum
Steering
Steering rack
Power
68 bhp