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Peugeot 208 hatchback (2012-2019) - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Peugeot 208 offers low running costs across the range and includes an efficient diesel engine

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The Peugeot 208 offers a wide range of engines to choose from and all are cheap to run. Road tax for all models is £140 a year.

Peugeot 208 MPG & CO2

The 99bhp 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel model is our pick of the range for long-distance drivers, because it comes with a six-speed gearbox and returns fuel economy of 67mpg with CO2 emissions of 90g/km. This version can’t match the low running costs of some rivals, but it offers decent performance. That’s something you’ll appreciate when you pull out to overtake a lorry on a busy A-road.

The 208's BlueHDi diesel is available with stop-start technology, which rests the engine when the car isn't moving to save fuel, although we've found that this system doesn't seem to activate as much as rivals' in similar conditions.

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Do note that in order to meet strict Euro 6 emissions targets, the BlueHDi engine uses an additive called AdBlue, which needs topping up periodically. This should be taken care of at service time, but high-mileage drivers may find they need to replenish the AdBlue tank in between services.

Both petrol engines are 1.2-litres in size. These are badged as PureTech 82 and PureTech 110. The most economical version, the 82, is capable of a claimed 51.5mpg. The 110 model can return 48.9mpg. Our pick here – indeed our pick of all the engines – is the 110 PureTech, as its economy is good, but it also offers a healthy boost in performance.

Company car drivers can expect Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) figures of 25% for the 1.2-litre petrols, while the diesel falls into the 26% BiK bracket.

Insurance group

The least expensive 208 to insure is the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol model, which sits in group 11, although the 208's insurance groups are higher than those of rivals, with the higher-powered petrol models along with the diesel version sitting in group 18.

Warranty

All Peugeots have a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, which isn't great when compared to Hyundai and Kia's five and seven-year cover, respectively.

Servicing

Maintaining your Peugeot 208 should be affordable. The company offers fixed prices on parts and fitting, so you know in advance exactly how much you’ll pay, while fixed-price service plans mean you can spread out the cost of maintenance with regular monthly instalments. If you’re buying a 208 on finance, investigate Peugeot’s Just Add Fuel package, which, for a fee built into your monthly repayments, includes servicing, road tax, breakdown cover and insurance for up to three drivers.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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