What Car? says...
You can always rely on the French to build a stylish small hatchback. Whether said hatchback is any good or not is a little more hit and miss.
The latest Peugeot 208, though, is one of the good ones, and should definitely be on your shortlist – especially if you're prepared to pay a little more than the class norm for a properly special interior and a comfortable ride.
Let's be clear: this is a completely different car from the original Peugeot 208 (2012-2019). And that's marvellous news, because that car wasn't very good, struggling to compete with rivals such as the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and Seat Ibiza in most key areas.
The current model doesn't just stack up well against its mainstream rivals; the more expensive versions in the 208 range are a genuine alternative to the Audi A1 and Mini, for those who aren't overly bothered about a premium badge.
It's a pretty simple model line up, with four trims a choice between three petrol engines. There's also a solitary diesel engine, but the real headline-grabber is the fully electric e-208. You can read all about that model by clicking here
But whichever car you end up deciding to buy, head over to our New Car Buying pages to see how much we could save you on the brochure price without any tedious haggling.
Great interior and infotainment. Disappointing to drive....
A fine all-rounder and one of the very best small cars.
A spacious small car that's decent to drive and should hold it...
A fine car, but rather pricey and could be posher inside....