For The Peugeot 208 looks great inside and out, with chic styling and a high-quality cabin. Most versions will be fairly cheap to run, too.
Against The ride and handling are disappointing compared with the best superminis, and the cabin has some very annoying ergonomic issues.
There’s a lot to like about the Peugeot 208, but the disappointing ride and handling balance means it can’t rival the best superminis.
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The range kicks off with two three-cylinder engines, a 1.0 with 68bhp and a 1.2 with 82bhp. There’s also a pair of four-cylinder units, a 95bhp 1.4 and a 120bhp 1.6. Three diesels are also available, a 68bhp 1.4 and two 1.6s with either 82bhp or 115bhp. Most give spectacularly low running costs.
So far, we’ve only driven four of the engines. The 118bhp petrol and 113bhp diesel are both pretty good. They’re quick when you work them hard, and flexible when you don’t. The 81bhp 1.2 three-cylinder unit is also fairly flexible, but feels short of puff when you ask for a strong burst of acceleration. The 1.6 THP petrol offers much more pace, without ruining the fuel economy. However, the handling isn’t sharp enough for it to be considered a proper hot hatch.
Five trims are available, and mid-range Active versions are the pick, providing all the kit you want for a reasonable purchase price.
Had my 208 for 8 months & I really like it. It's a good looking, practical & economical super-mini. Nearly all my mileage is urban with a typically…
For us, the best choice of 208. All the flexibility and kit you need at a reasonable price.