After experiencing a dip in quality and dynamism a few years back, Peugeot is trying hard to recover its mojo. It is arguably strongest in the bottom half of its range, where the 108 offers decent city car specs (and, frequently, aggressive finance offers), and the 208 is a frugal competitor against the Ford Fiesta and Skoda Fabia. Neither model is a class leader, though.
The Peugeot 308 and 308 SW are well-finished family cars, and worthy of consideration if you're in the market for a VW Golf or Golf estate. And there's no shortage of SUVs in the Peugeot line-up; the 2008 is a rival for the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, while the 3008 takes on the Nissan Qashqai.
Larger models struggle to look worth the money, though; the 5008 MPV is now outclassed by too many rivals, while Peugeot's big saloon and estate, the 508 (also offered as the hybrid 508 RXH) are simply too expensive.
At least Peugeot has managed to rediscover some of the handling verve and styling flair that made cars like the 205 and 306 so successful in the 1980s and early 1990s. The 208 GTi and 308 GT are both respectable, while RCZ coupe offers striking looks, if none of the interior brilliance of the Audi TT.