Peugeot 208 hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2
Not only are its engines efficient, there's a fully electric version too
The Peugeot 208 is a very efficient supermini, with official consumption figures that beat equivalent versions of the Ford Fiesta by several miles per gallon. Unlike the Ford or Volkswagen Polo, a fully electric Peugeot e-208 version is also available, providing customers with the choice of zero tailpipe emissions.
Peugeot 208 MPG & CO2
Kicking off the petrol range, the 1.2-litre PureTech 75 manages between 46.7-53.6mpg and emissions of 93-98g/km of CO2, making it affordable for private and company-car drivers alike. The introduction of a turbocharger means the same engine can return 46.5-53mpg in PureTech 100 guise, with emissions from 96-102g/km. This blend of improved performance and efficiency will make it the sweet spot in the range for many buyers. It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but fitting an eight-speed automatic only reduces fuel-efficiency to 44.3-50.3mpg. The range-topping petrol option, the PureTech 130, gets this gearbox as standard and officially returns 46-51.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 101-108g/km.
Customers are also offered a single diesel, which won't make sense for the majority but could appeal to long-distance drivers thanks to its claimed fuel-efficiency figures of 60.8-71.4mpg. Company-car drivers will face a higher BiK bill than for the petrol engines, but with claimed CO2 emissions of 84-92g/km depending on specification, it's still relatively low.
From 2020 the Peugeot e-208 (reviewed separately) will benefit from 0% BiK for company-car drivers, and its EV powertrain also offers private customers big savings on running costs - even if it's more expensive to buy initially. Its 211-mile driving range should make it suitable for all but the highest mileage drivers. The battery pack can be charged to 80% in as little as 30 minutes using a 100kW public fast-charger, while a home wallbox takes around eight hours for a full charge. Using a domestic plug is possible but, with a charging time of more than 20 hours, it isn't really practical.
Depreciation for the Peugeot 208 is expected to be fairly steep, with a mid-range petrol holding on to around 38% of its value after three years. The Renault Clio is likely to do slightly better, retaining more like 44% of its showroom value.
Every conventionally powered petrol and diesel version of the 208 costs £150 a year to tax, with the electric e-208 costing nothing thanks to its zero-emission status.
Insurance groups haven't yet been announced for the Peugeot 208 but to compete with rivals like the Ford Fiesta it will need to sit in groups from five to around 15 out of 50 for the sportiest versions.
Peugeot offers a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which was long the industry standard, but now the likes of Hyundai, Toyota and Kia now offer free cover lasting from five to seven years. Given this, the 208's warranty looks rather stingy in comparison. The battery pack in the Peugeot e-208 EV is covered for eight years or 100,000 miles for added peace of mind.
Peugeot offers inflation-proof servicing plans, covering costs with an up front or monthly direct debit payment. Plans costs around £12.50 per month for 36 months/30,000 miles or approximately £16 per month for four or five years of cover.