Which used Peugeot 208 hatchback should I buy?
Because the 208 is relatively light, you don’t need much power to keep it moving along nicely. And while the diesels are extremely efficient, they’re also more mechanically complex and harder to find. You should only buy a diesel if you do a lot of longer journeys, because if you fail to do so, their diesel particulate filter (DPF) can become blocked, and this isn't cheap to repair.
Our top choice is therefore the 1.2 82 petrol engine, or if you can’t stretch to a facelift car, the 1.0-litre petrol that preceded it. Neither of these engines is particularly refined, but both are very efficient and qualify for free tax if registered before April 2017.
Steer clear of the entry-level Access trim level, which is a little stingily equipped, and instead go for the Active model, which is both cheap enough to make sense and well enough equipped to keep you happy.
Drivers of a performance bent are likely to be tempted by the GTi, but if that’s the case, we’d recommend stretching your budget to the GTi by Peugeot Sport, which is a much better car.
Our favourite Peugeot 208: 1.2 Puretech 82 Active