Peugeot's striking new supermini, that replaces the ageing Peugeot 207, represents a brilliant return to form for the French maker. More cabin space and a larger boot help to boost practicality, while a drop in weight improves emissions and fuel economy. The eye-catching looks and an all-new interior join a range of highly efficient petrol and diesel engines. The 208 is available as a three and five-door hatchback.
- Stylish looks
- Well equipped
- Cheap to run
- Uncomfortable ride
- Clumsy gearbox
- Fiesta is more fun to drive
The Peugeot 208 supermini is a typically chic and stylish small French car, with striking looks that are guaranteed to turn heads. Inside, it features a distinctive instrument panel, a small steering wheel and touchscreen controls. Buyers can choose between three or five-door bodies, as well as three diesel and five petrol engines, including an all-new 1.0-litre petrol engine that that has sub-100g/km CO2 emissions for free road tax. The diesels are the most efficient – the 68bhp 1.4-litre is capable of 83mpg and emits only 87g/km of CO2.
- Fast and fun to drive
- Just as practical as the standard car
- Good standard equipment
- Only available as a three-door
- Expensive compared to Fiesta ST
- Steering wheel obscures dials
The GTi is Peugeot's flagship 208. It mixes all the practicality of the standard three-door car, with a powerful 197bhp, 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that makes for an enjoyable drive. It's got a good list of standard equipment, including Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, DAB radio and rear parking sensors, as well as big alloy wheels and part-leather sports seats. The interior is more upmarket than its predecessor, and the materials are much higher quality – making the new 208 the most luxurious GTi ever.