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.
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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
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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:
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…
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…
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…
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…