Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth system
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • EPAS
  • External temperature gauge
  • Mirror screen with mirror link and car play
  • Service interval indicator
  • Touch screen display
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • 4 speakers + 2 tweeters
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Steering wheel mounted remote controls
  • USB socket

Exterior Features

  • Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric front windows + drivers one touch
  • Electric operated/heated door mirrors
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Intermittent rear wash/wipe
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear lights

Interior Features

  • 1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • Auxilliary 12V power socket
  • Driver seat height adjust
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrors
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Isofix on outer rear seats
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Refrigerated glovebox

Safety

  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • ABS/EBFD/EBA
  • Child safety lock
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • ESP
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front side airbags
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure sensor

Security

  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking + deadlocks

Wheels

  • 15" steel spare wheel

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

108

HC+NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1199

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION

Gears

5 SPEED

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

60.1

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

68.9

EC Urban (mpg)

49.6

General

Badge Engine CC

1.2

Badge Power

68

Based On ID

Coin Description

PureTech

Coin Series

Active

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

7E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

16000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

13.8

Engine Power - BHP

68

Engine Power - KW

50

Engine Power - RPM

6350

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

80

Engine Torque - MKG

11.1

Engine Torque - NM

109

Engine Torque - RPM

2600

Top Speed

103

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

185/65 R15

Tyre Size Rear

185/65 R15

Tyre Size Spare

FULL SIZE

Wheel Style

Azote

Wheel Type

15" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1460

Height (including roof rails)

Length

3973

Wheelbase

2538

Width

1739

Width (including mirrors)

2004

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

50

Gross Vehicle Weight

1515

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

743

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

285

Max. Loading Weight

540

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

760

Minimum Kerbweight

975

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.2

Summary

Any car enthusiast who knows their stuff will know how significant it is that Peugeot is back in the game with a genuinely good supermini. The 208 platform just works. Driving position aside, it's nothing revolutionary, just solid good engineering. There are a number of commendable engines to try but the three-cylinder 1.2-litre PureTech 82 engine just has likeability shot straight through it. It's a fun and infectious little fizzer of a powerplant, not particularly quick but always up for a bit of sport. This is a small car that is priced well, looks good and is even respectably practical. Ongoing running costs are tiny and equipment levels are good. Downsides? There aren't too many. Not everyone gets on with the strange driving layout but it's nothing a little familiarity wouldn't conquer. All in, the 208 is a hugely pleasant surprise and the 1.2-litre PureTech engine the hidden gem. Just go and try it, you'll see.

Background

Peugeot always used to provide us with small cars that were fun to drive and in recent years, the company has been showing signs of a return to that happy place. The launch of the 208 supermini was a big step forward in that regard and the car's prospects have certainly been aided by the willing three cylinder 1.0 and 1.2-litre PureTech petrol options available at the bottom of the range. It's the base 1.2-litre version we look at here, a car with 82bhp on tap and a willing, revvy nature. Combine that with the smarter looks and extra hi-tech connectivity of this lately improved model and you've the potential for a tempting recipe.

Driving Experience

I appreciate that this could be a statement that could come back to haunt me but after driving this car, I reckon Peugeot is back. Proper Peugeot - the Peugeot that we used to know and love. Yes, the car has had to make a few concessions to modern motoring, and the electrically-assisted power steering isn't the wholly organic experience you got behind the wheel of a 205 GTI, but here is a car you'll drive just for the fun of it. I tried some of the larger petrol and diesel engines on offer, figuring that more was better, but this 82bhp 1.2-litre powerplant aced the lot of them for sheer fun. Without wishing to sound detrimental, it has a holiday hire car kind of feel to it, where you just feel inclined to travel everywhere with the throttle buried into the carpet and a huge smile on your face. It's not even particularly quick. 62mph comes and goes in 12.2 seconds while the top speed is 111mph. If that's not fast enough, Peugeot also offers a 1.2-litre PureTech 110 variant that improves those figures to 9.6s and 118mph. Either way, there's the option of an ETG5 auto gearbox for townies. Personally, I'd stick with the lower-powered variant and the manual 'box. You'll need to be pretty slick with the stick shift to keep things on the boil, but as you punt it through corners you'll be amazed at the sheer amount of front end grip on offer and its speed of turn-in. It's a real hoot to drive, with a real willingness to rev and very little flywheel effect. It's the first small car I've driven for a long time that suddenly gave me the pang of wanting to actually own. Here is a supermini you'll drive just for the fun of it. I tried some of the larger petrol and diesel engines on offer, figuring that more was better, but this 82bhp 1.2-litre powerplant aced the lot of them for sheer fun. Without wishing to sound detrimental, it has a holiday hire car kind of feel to it, where you just feel inclined to travel everywhere with the throttle buried into the carpet and a huge smile on your face.

Design and Build

Peugeot has tried to make this 208's styling a bit more assertive and distinctive. The restyled front bumper creates a sharper and more precise line, with a wider grille and deeper chrome finisher that is now fully integrated. Plus most models get two-tone headlamps, with black and chrome masks and a hi-tech LED light signature. At the rear, the full LED light clusters have been redesigned to incorporate Peugeot's 3D 'claws' motif. Inside, not too much needed doing. Soft touch plastics, tactile switchgear, chrome highlights and almost faultless ergonomics show other supermini sellers how it should be done. As before, the two main talking points inside are the smallness of the steering wheel (over which you view the high-set instruments) and the colour touchscreen attached to the fascia that controls audio, trip computer and stereo functions and to which you can add a now wider range of clever downloadable apps. The wheel is now trimmed in full-grain leather from Active trim, while the soft-touch moulded dashboard strip - which is standard regardless of trim level - has smarter graining on higher specification models. Despite the slightly more compact outward dimensions, there's a little more room on the back seat than you might expect - and decent luggage space behind. Don't get us wrong: 285-litres isn't huge by supermini segment standards but it's a very usable space that can be extended to as much as 1,076-litres of you push forward the rear bench.

Market and Model

As usual with the 208, you get a choice of either three or five-door bodystyles. Plus there's the option of an ETG5 automatic gearbox for a premium of around £1,400. Prices start at around £13,000 for the base 'Active' trim level with 82bhp power, but you can pay up to £16,500 if you go for the plusher 'Allure' trim level and the pokier 110bhp output wedded to the ETG5 auto gearbox. So what do you get for your money? Choose the Active variant and you'll find cruise control, heated door mirrors and air conditioning with a refrigerated glove box. There's also 15-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, a multifunction colour touchscreen, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, plus a split rear bench for added versatility. The plush 'Allure' version gets 16-inch alloys, automatic headlights, rear parking sensors and rain-sensing wipers. Satellite navigation is an option.

Cost of Ownership

Where diesel engines in superminis often fail to make sense is down to the premium charged for the more expensive engine when weighed against the fact that most of these cars do modest mileage and the benefits in fuel savings will never actually break even. No such worries with the 208 1.2 VTi. It's an inexpensive engine that makes all kinds of sense on the balance sheet, both for you and for Peugeot. It's not going to crucify you at the pumps, no matter how spiritedly you drive the thing. Peugeot's official figures quote a combined fuel economy figure of 62.8mpg, although I don't think I could ever drive the car in such a restrained fashion to approach that. Emissions are also very low at just 104g/km. If you think it's a bit of a shame that the car couldn't dip below the 100g/km barrier, well I'd agree, but there's an ETG5 automatic version that does, this variant registering 97g/km and 67.3mpg.