Peugeot 208 review

Category: Small car

Section: Performance & drive

Peugeot 208 rear - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 front - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 rear - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 dashboard - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 rear seats - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 front seats - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 infotainment system - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 side - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 front studio - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 rear studio - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 front seats - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 boot - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 front - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 rear - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 dashboard - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 rear seats - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 front seats - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 infotainment system - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 side - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 front studio - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 rear studio - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 front seats - blue 69-plate car
  • Peugeot 208 boot - blue 69-plate car
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

The cheapest petrol engine for the Peugeot 208 is the 74bhp PureTech 75, but if you can stretch your budget to the 99bhp PureTech 100, you'll have secured the pick of the range.

The PureTech 100 is a relatively strong engine that pulls from low revs and feels gutsy if you work it harder. It's absolutely ideal for propelling you along on A-roads and motorways without any fuss, and is livelier than a Renault Clio or Volkswagen Polo with equivalent power. The 127bhp PureTech 130 (available only with an automatic gearbox) adds even more pace, but for most it would be an unnecessary expense.

Peugeot 208 rear - blue 69-plate car

Handling

While the 208's suspension softness make it a cushy and comfortable boulevard cruiser, it doesn’t lend itself to sportiness. There's more body lean through tight twists and turns than on the A1 and Fiesta, and it's not as keen to switch from left to right.

Peugeot has fitted the 208 with a tiny steering wheel that looks a bit go-kart like. It conveys a good amount of weight as you turn the wheel but feels a little artificial and elastic off-centre, which doesn’t give you a great sense of connection with the road.

Once you’re used to it, it does the job, but if you want a small car that’s more engaging and fun to drive, you’ll want to check out the A1, Fiesta or Clio.

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