Interior quality has been improved compared to the old Peugeot 207, in an attempt to match the build quality of the Volkswagen Polo, and the 208 is also more enjoyable to drive.
Peugeot has given the 208 a wide range of engines, including small three-cylinder petrols that are cheap to run and diesels that are even more efficient. The best performance is offered by the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine in the Peugeot 208 GTI hot hatchback. The 113bhp diesel engine is our 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 is not available as a stylish XY or fast GTi, but adds classier Feline and Allure trims. All 208s have equipment such as cruise control, electric front windows and remote central locking.