2013 Peugeot 208 XY review

  • Peugeot 208 XY driven in UK
  • Features leather interior and bespoke styling
  • Available with petrol and diesel engines
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The Peugeot 208 XY is the company's answer to the Citroen DS3.

It's intended to be a more exclusive, luxurious take on the 208 supermini, and offers revised steering, a raft of unique styling details and a comprehensive spec list.

Exterior upgrades include LED daytime running lights, extended wheelarches, chrome door mirrors, four bespoke paint finishes, and a gloss black and chrome front grille that's unique to the XY.

You also get Bluetooth, a DAB digital radio, sat-nav, USB integration, a panoramic glass roof, dual-zone climate control and rear parking sensors.

As is the norm with cars such as this, there is a host of personalisation options via decals and stickers.

What's the 2013 Peugeot 208 XY like inside?
The interior is surprisingly upmarket, with unusual leather detailing, metal-finish climate control switches and heavily bolstered seats with contrasting coloured stitching.

There are some scratchy plastics on the doors, but overall the XY is lavishly trimmed for a supermini.

The standard touch-screen control system is far more of a concern because it's one of the worst we've come across. Its menus are hopelessly complicated and there are no shortcut buttons to take you straight to individual functions.

Then there's the driving position. All 208s have an unusually small steering wheel that you're supposed to look over (rather than through) to see the instruments. However, many drivers will find that the wheel blocks their view of the speedo.

The standard glass roof does help the XY feel roomier than lesser 208s, but rear legroom is quite tight. Rear access isn't great, either, because the 208 XY is available only in three-door form.

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What's the 2013 Peugeot 208 XY like to drive?
The XY is better than the standard version to drive. While the suspension is unchanged, the tracks have been widened, giving the car a more planted feel at speed.

The ride is also more settled, although the XY can still really thump over potholes.

Peugeot has revised the 208's steering for the XY, but it doesn't feel that different; the wheel weights up nicely to provide some reassurance on turn in, but that weight drops away unnervingly when you start to wind lock off.

The XY is available with two petrol engines: a 118bhp 1.6 and a 154bhp 1.6 turbo. Meanwhile, diesel power comes from a 1.6 with either 91bhp or 113bhp.

We tested the more powerful diesel, which is the most expensive version of the XY, and isn't available in the standard 208. This is a shame, because it's a flexible performer that has a claimed average of 74.3mpg, although it does sound a bit gruff.

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Should I buy one?
The Peugeot 208 XY will cost you around £1700 more than the equivalent Allure-spec 208, which still comes pretty well equipped. Ultimately, then, it comes down to whether you really want sat-nav and the more luxurious feel that the XY offers.

Even if you do, we'd urge you to consider an Audi A1 or Mini before buying. Both are better cars than the XY, and they cost the same sort of money, even after you've added a few options.

What Car? says…

Audi A1
Citroen DS3

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Engine size 1.6-litre diesel
Price from £18,045
Power 113bhp
Torque 199lb ft
0-62mph 9.7 seconds
Top speed 118mph
Fuel economy 74.3mpg
CO2 emissions 99g/km

By Steve Huntingford and Vicky Parrott

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