What used Peugeot 208 hatchback will I get for my budget?
As little as £3000 is enough to get you into a Peugeot 208 these days, but do be careful, because at this price you’ll be shopping among high-mileage examples and cars that have previously been written off.
We’d therefore recommend you up your budget to £4000, which is enough to get you an early petrol-engined example with average mileage and a full service history.
Diesel models will cost you a shade more – around £500-£1000 like-for-like.
A GTi, meanwhile, will set you back at least £7500.
How much does it cost to run a Peugeot 208 hatchback?
A 208 won't cost too much to run. On paper, the line-up of engines at the time of the car’s launch was extremely efficient, ranging from the 48.7mpg 1.6-litre petrol, through the 65.6mpg 1.0-litre and 62.7mpg 1.2-litre petrols to the 1.4-litre e-HDi diesel, which manages an impressive 83mpg, with the 47.9mpg GTi coming later.
The facelifted models that came along in 2015 had some tweaks to the engine range to improve their efficiency. The 1.0-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel were canned in favour of less powerful versions of the 1.2-litre and 1.6-litre respectively.Tthis had little effect on the consumption of the petrol models, but the diesels' improved marginally.
Howevr, in the real world, you’ll struggle to get close to these economy figures, and while that’s also the case with most rival cars, it does mean that the 208 isn’t as efficient as it at first appears. As an example, we reckon the 1.2-litre petrol averages around 40.9mpg in daily use.
One thing those unrealistic lab test figures do result in, though, is low tax. All diesel 208s registered before April 2017 qualify for free road tax, as do the 1.0-litre and lower-powered 1.2-litre petrols. Those that don’t will cost you no more than £30 a year to tax, with the exception of the thirsty 1.6-litre petrols and the GTi – all of which will set you back either £115 or £135 a year, depending on which model you choose.
Keep in mind, though, that any car registered after the new tax regulations were introduced will set you back £140 a year to tax, regardless of its engine.
The 208 isn’t too pricey to service, even at a main dealer, and once it hits three years old it’ll qualify for Peugeot’s fixed price servicing, which starts at £115 for the most basic service. And if your 208 does go wrong, parts aren’t too expensive, so it should be reasonably cheap to repair.