The entry-level 1.0 three-cylinder engine is the cheapest way into a 208, but we’d avoid it. It runs out of puff quickly, so you find yourself having to change up and down the gears a lot.
The lowered-powered 1.2 three-cylinder engine is a far better bet. It has enough get up and go to feel sprightly in and out of town. There are three diesels that offer more low-down pull, but we think the cheaper 1.2 petrols will suit most people.
The quick GTi models use a turbocharged 1.6 petrol. It’s impressively strong once its turbo gets going, but, obviously, the downside is higher running costs.
The 1.2 Puretech 82 and 110 are both available with an automatic gearbox. It isn’t great in the grand scheme of things, dithering a little when pulling away, but nonetheless it’s one of the better small-car autos.