Peugeot 208

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.

Peugeot 208 hatchback

Price 
£9,995 - £18,545
3 & 5 Doors
3.8 / 5
Pros
  • Stylish looks
  • Well-equipped
  • Cheap to run
Cons
  • 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.

Peugeot 208 GTi hatchback

Price 
£18,900 - £19,750
3 Doors
4.0 / 5
Pros
  • Fast and fun to drive
  • Just as practical as the standard car
  • Good standard equipment
Cons
  • 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.