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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.

Peugeot 208 Hatchback
33 5stars

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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There are 38 Peugeot 208 versions available

Hatchback 1.0 VTi Access 3dr £9,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 VTi Access 5dr £10,595
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 VTi Access + 3dr £11,245
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 VTi Access + 3dr £11,745
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 VTi Access + 5dr £11,845
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 VTi Active 3dr £12,195
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 VTi Access + 5dr £12,345
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 VTi Active 3dr £12,695
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 VTi Active 5dr £12,795
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 HDi Access+ 3dr £13,045
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 VTi Active 5dr £13,295
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 e-HDi Access + EGC 3dr £13,595
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 HDi Access+ 5dr £13,645
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 HDi Active 3dr £13,995
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 VTi Allure 3dr £14,095
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 e-HDi Access + EGC 5dr £14,195
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 VTi Allure 5dr £14,495
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 HDi Active 5dr £14,595
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 92 Active 3dr £14,645
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 e-HDi Active EGC 3dr £14,695
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 92 Active 5dr £15,245
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 e-HDi Active EGC 5dr £15,295
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 HDi Allure 3dr £15,395
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 HDi Allure 5dr £15,795
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 e-HDi Allure EGC 3dr £15,945
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 92 Allure 3dr £16,045
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 VTi Allure auto 3dr £16,250
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 e-HDi Allure EGC 5dr £16,345
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 92 Allure 5dr £16,445
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 VTi Allure auto 5dr £16,650
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 VTi 120 XY 3dr £16,745
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 VTi Feline 5dr £17,045
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 92 XY 3dr £17,545
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 THP 156 XY 3dr £17,700
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 115 XY 3dr £18,195
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 92 Feline EGC 5dr £18,345
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 115 Feline 5dr £18,495
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 THP 200 GTi 3dr £18,900
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The range kicks off with two three-cylinder petrol engines: a 1.0 and a 1.2. You can also have 1.4, 1.6 and 1.6 turbo petrols, while the diesel range consists of a 1.4 and 91bhp and 113bhp 1.6s.

The 1.6 petrol and 113bhp 1.6 diesel are both quick when you work them hard, and flexible when you don't, but the 1.2 petrol feels short of puff when you ask for a strong burst of acceleration.

The 1.6 turbo offers much more pace, without ruining the fuel economy. However, the handling isn't sharp enough for the 208 to be considered a proper hot hatch, even if you go for the GTi version.

Mid-range Active trim is the one to go for, providing all the kit you want for a reasonable purchase price.

Reader test team says:

Peugeot 208 Hatchback 1.0 VTi Access 3dr

Gti model Owned the car for 10 weeks and very pleased with the build and design of car , it looks sporty/ sleek but not OTT and drives like a dream…

m griffin

5 out of 5 stars

Peugeot 208 Hatchback 1.6 THP 200 GTi 3dr

I purchased the car in late July 2013 and it was delivered a in early August. My car is one of the 28 UK Limited edition 208 gti with satin paintwork…

Robert Kähler

5 out of 5 stars

Peugeot 208 Hatchback 1.6 THP 200 GTi 3dr

I have owned this car for nearly 4 months and what a great car very easy to drive,we did a near 800 mile round trip to Scotland and averaged 49 mpg…

raymond murphy

5 out of 5 stars

Peugeot 208 Hatchback 1.0 VTi Access 3dr

When I arrived to pick up my new car I thought it was STUNNING - pure white, after my previous car, 107 Peugeot, it looked huge. 6 months later I…

Beryl Robinson

5 out of 5 stars
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