Review

Peugeot 208 hatchback

£9,995 - £18,545

The Peugeot 208 is a stylish French hatchback that competes with rivals such as the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo, Kia Rio, and Hyundai i20.

The car's interior quality is up compared to the old model, in an attempt to match the build quality of the Volkswagen Polo, and the new model is also more enjoyable to drive.

Peugeot has given the 208 a wide range of engines, which includes small three-cylinder petrol engines that are cheap to run and diesels that are even more frugal. The best performance is offered by the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine in the Peugeot 208GTI. The 113bhp diesel engine is arguably the pick of the range, thanks to its mix of performance and economy.

Buyers of the three-door car can choose from five trim levels; Access, Access+, Active, XY and GTi. The five-door 208 does without the stylish XY and fast GTi models, but gets classier Feline and Allure trims. All 208s come with equipment such as cruise control, electric front windows, and remote central locking.