Peugeot 208

Peugeot 208 review

Costs & verdict
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

As with all small cars, the Peugeot 208 makes the most sense when kept as cheap as possible. The range starts at a lower price point than many of its best rivals, and this advantage continues throughout the range.

The 208 has a range of clean, fuel-efficient engines. All the engines are frugal with fuel, but the diesels will go farthest on a tank, benefitting company car drivers.

The majority of small car purchases are made using PCP finance, and one of the most important aspects of this is a car’s resale values, because it has a direct effect on how much you pay each month. The 208’s resale values aren’t bad, but they’re not as strong as those of the Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Polo. Both these cars are priced competitively, too.

Peugeot also provides ‘Just Add Fuel’ packages. As the name suggests, these involve a monthly payment that includes all your major motoring costs aside from fuel. Only certain 208 models are available on this, though, and there are certain age limits.

Equipment, options and extras

Active trim is the one we think most buyers should go for. It comes with 15in alloy wheels, which will help resale values, as well as a touchscreen infotainment system, DAB radio, a leather steering wheel and 60/40 split rear seats.

Signature, Tech Edition and GT line trims add luxuries such as larger wheels and automatic headlights and wipers, but these are relatively expensive additions. The GTi cars have sportier styling and all the standard kit you could possibly expect.

Reliability

In the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey, Peugeot managed 24th place out of 31 manufacturers. However, its 208 didn’t do as well, finishing right at the bottom of the small car table. Electrical issues including windscreen washers, radios and heaters were among the biggest culprits.

All Peugeots come with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty. There’s also the option to break servicing payments down in to more manageable monthly amounts if you need to.

Peugeot 208

Safety and security

All 208s come with an ESP system, a speed-limiter, ABS brakes, ISOFIX mounts on the outside rear seats, six airbags and a tyre pressure-monitoring system. This is good, albeit no better than the majority of rivals. Nevertheless, Euro NCAP awarded the 208 a full five-star rating back in 2012 for the way it coped in crash testing.

To keep thieves at bay, every 208 comes with an immobiliser and deadlocks, but only the GTi variants come with an alarm as standard – it's optional across the rest of the range. Security firm Thatcham took a dim view of this; the 208’s break-in score was merely average, although it scored decently for its resistance to being driven away by a thief. Both scores are lower than its strongest rivals'.

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Verdict

Not as well-rounded a package as the class-leaders it hopes to challenge, but available at a tempting price

  • Classy cabin
  • Punchy engines
  • Good safety kit
  • Ergonomics are poor
  • Handling is average
  • Unsettled ride in town
Trims
There are 4 trims available for the 208 hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
Active
It’s worth spending that little bit extra on Active trim over Access A/C – we think thi...
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Fuel Diesel, Petrol
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£14,065
Average Saving £840
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Signature
We are yet to try out this variant...
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Fuel Diesel, Petrol
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£14,199
Average Saving £1,156
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Tech Edition
We are yet to try out this variant...
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Fuel Diesel, Petrol
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£15,212
Average Saving £1,243
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GT Line
Even larger 17in alloy wheels do the 208’s ride no favours, while climate control is an...
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Fuel Diesel, Petrol
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£16,324
Average Saving £1,341
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