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
- Cheap to run
- Uncomfortable ride
- Clumsy gearbox
- Fiesta is more fun to drive
The Peugeot 208 supermini features a recessed 'spine' that runs the length of the car beginning from a foating grille and finishing between 'boomerang' rear lamps. Inside, the 208 features a new instrument panel, a smaller steering wheel and a touchscreen control device. Buyers will have the choice of three or five-doors from launch, as well as three diesel engines and five petrol engines - including an all-new 1.0-litre petrol engine that slips below the 100g/km of CO2 emissions bracket. The diesels will be the most efficient however, with Peugeot's 68bhp 1.4 diesel unit capable of 83mpg and producing emissions of only 87g/km.
- 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.