Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Peugeot 208 hatchback?
The 208 is a small car that’s likely to have been used mostly around town, so check all four wheels for signs of kerbing. Light grazing shouldn’t be too much of a problem, but if the wheel’s been smacked hard into a kerb, it could cause problems with suspension components that you can't see.
Also check around the extremities of the car for dings, scratches and scuffed paintwork. The 208’s size means it isn’t too hard to park, but there are some awkward blindspots around the car that harm visibility.
Is a used Peugeot 208 hatchback reliable?
The 208 is not reliable, according to the latest What Car? Reliability Survey. It finished in second to last place in the small car class, scoring just 87%. Electrical gremlins afflicted more than 15% of 208s, centred around the infotainment system and the switches. Peugeot as a brand finished in 18th place out of 31 manufacturers.