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What is it?
The 208 is a supermini available in three and five-door body styles with a choice of nine engines. There are three EGC automated manual automatics and one conventional auto. There’s also a GTi hot hatch. The 208 generation was introduced in 2012, and facelifted in 2015.
What is the Peugeot 208 like to drive?
The 208 is unusual for having a low-mounted steering wheel set below the level of the instruments. The wheel’s small size makes the car wieldy around town, but some may take a while to get used to this novel arrangement. Performance from the smaller capacity engines is competitive, while the 1.6 petrol and diesel versions are fast. The characteristic thrum of the three cylinder many will like, and all the engines are smooth. The ride is decently comfortable, and low wind and road noise ensure restful cruising. The GTi hot hatch is a particularly entertaining drive, and is among the best of its kind.
What engines are available?
Six petrol engines and three diesels are offered. The petrols start with 1.0 and 1.2 litre VTi three cylinders of 68hp and 82hp respectively. The four-cylinder 120hp 1.6 has an automatic option, and there’s also a 165hp turbo 1.6. The GTi comes with either a 200hp or 208hp 1.6 turbo engine. Diesels include a four-cylinder 70hp 1.4 HDI and a 92hp 1.6 HDI. All 208s have five-speed gearboxes apart from the six-speed GTi, the five-speed EGC automated manuals and the four-speed 1.6 automatic.
What are the key standard features of the Peugeot 208?
The entry-level 208 Access provides electric front windows, remote central locking, radio/CD player, cruise control, a 4-way adjustable steering column, steering wheel controls, trip computer, front foglights and 15in steel wheels.
- Access+ (over Access): manual air conditioning, electric heated door mirrors, driver’s seat height adjuster, hill hold assist (EGC auto only), 15in steel wheels.
- Active (over Access+): Bluetooth connectivity, multifunction colour touchscreen, DAB radio, USB input, front foglights, 66:33 split folding backrest, 15in alloys.
- Allure (over Active): sports seats, dual-zone climate control, auto lights and wipers, chrome door mirrors, leather finish to wheel, dark-tinted rear windows, LED running lights, passenger seat height adjuster, 16in alloys.
- Feline (over Allure, 5dr only): half leather seats, multifunction touchscreen, centre armrest, panoramic glass roof, powerfold heated door mirrors, 17in alloys.
- XY (over Allure, 3dr only) sat nav, powerfold heated door mirrors, exterior styling pack, panoramic glass roof, ambient lighting, park assist, leather finish to wheel and gearknob, 17in alloys.
- GTi: (over Allure) GTi exterior styling pack, GTi suspension, DAB radio/CD, alarm, GTi leather seats, leather finishes to wheel and gearlever, red LED instrument surround, powerfold heated door mirrors, 17in alloys.
- GTi Prestige (over GTi): sat nav, cornering assist foglights, heated seats, panoramic glass roof, black 17in alloys.
What are the key options?
Visibility pack, electric pack (5dr only), sat nav with DAB radio, Bluetooth, rear parking camera, rear parking sensors, park assist, front centre armrest, a panoramic glass roof, a choice of roof and bonnet transfers and alloy wheel upgrades.
How spacious is the Peugeot 208?
The 208 provides plenty of space up front, but if tall passengers will regularly occupy the rear seat, the headroom-reducing panoramic roof is best avoided. The boot is a good size, easily loaded and most versions come with a split folding rear seat. In-cabin oddments space is good.
What will it cost to run?
CO2 emissions range from 94g/km for the XY 1.6 BlueHDi 120 diesel stop-start to 139g/km for the GTi. The 68hp Puretech 1.0 VTi has the lowest petrol CO2 at 99g/km. Benefit in kind exposure ranges from 12% for the petrol 1.0 VTi to 22% for the GTi.
What safety features does it have?
Six airbags, anti-lock brakes and ESP anti-skid control are standard. The 208 scored a five star NCAP safety rating. There are Isofix attachment points for two child seats in the rear.
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