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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 up to 55.6mpg, with low CO2 emissions starting at 114g/km making it affordable for private and company-car drivers alike. The introduction of a turbocharger means the same engine can return up to 56mpg in PureTech 100 guise, with emissions from 112g/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 50mpg. The range-topping petrol option, the PureTech 130, gets this gearbox as standard and officially returns up to 51mpg and CO2 emissions from 121g/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 figure of up to 73mpg. Company-car drivers will benefit from a slightly lower BiK bill than for the petrol engines, thanks to CO2 emissions from 101g/km depending on specification.

The Peugeot e-208 (reviewed separately benefits 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 217-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

The Peugeot 208 starts in group 12 for the 1.2-litre Active Premium model with 74bhp, climbing to group 19 for a 99bhp petrol in Allure trim. A GT version with the top petrol engine is in a rather steep group 25. The Ford Fiesta sits in groups from five to around 15 out of 50 for the sportiest versions.

Warranty

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.

Servicing

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.

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