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Peugeot 208 Style

Buyers looking for the best balance of price and equipment will find plenty to like in the Peugeot 208 Style hatchback.

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The Peugeot 208 Style is positioned around the middle of the supermini's range. That means it comes with a range of 'big-car' features, yet retains an attractive price tag. That makes it an appealing choice for 208 buyers.

It's available in both three and five-door hatchback bodystyles and offers most of the 208's engine range – although you have to choose a lower-spec Active model if you want the 1.0-litre petrol engine.

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What sets the 208 Style apart is its panoramic glass roof, which bathes the interior in light. Elsewhere, the Style is similar to other models in the line-up. That means there's a range of cheap-to-run engines and the car is nicely comfortable.

Good points

The Peugeot 208 feels more grown-up than previous superminis from the French brand and it looks oh-so chic compared to many of its rivals. It's smartly styled inside, too.The 208 Style is well-equipped considering its price. The large glass sunroof is a feature usually reserved for larger or more expensive models, and with more than a smattering of chrome trims, handsome alloy wheels and elegant tinted windows, really looks the part.

Bad points

There's no automatic version of the Peugeot 208 Style, which means you'll need to spend a little more to step up to an Allure trim, or save a little – and sacrifice some equipment – by choosing the Active model.Only two of the three engines are free to tax – the cheapest , a 1.2-litre petrol, emits 104g/km of CO2 and the other tax-free petrol engine isn't available to Style buyers, which is a shame.The 208 has been criticised for its tiny steering wheel, which can obscure the dials from view depending on your seating position. Despite this, many buyers think it's no big deal. We say try before you buy.

What you get

  • Alloy wheels
  • Panoramic roof
  • Tyre pressure sensors
  • Passenger & Driver airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Front fog lights
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Sat nav
  • Bluetooth

Recommended optional extras

  • CD player
  • Peugeot Connect Apps

Our choice

Small cars are usually best suited to petrol engines, as diesels can be too expensive to buy and not nippy enough around town. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is our top pick in the 208.

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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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