Peugeot 208 (2012 – 2019) Review

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Peugeot 208 (2012 – 2019) At A Glance

Lighter than the 207. Interesting dash layout. Small steering wheel. Available with economical new three-cylinder petrol engines. Luxurious XY model.

Gear change action isn't great. Lower trim level models feel less polished and less well made than higher spec cars. Strangely disconnected feel between the steering, accelerator and braking.

Insurance Groups are between 5–26
On average it achieves 76% of the official MPG figure

Peugeot’s previous effort at a small car didn’t really cut the mustard. The 207 wasn’t exactly stylish or particularly well priced. It was also disappointing on the road and beset with electrical faults. However, with the 208, Peugeot has gone back to the drawing board and created a car it says will stack up well against its rivals – with the bonus of a bit of Gallic charm.

That charm comes from the interior layout, which is completely unique. The steering wheel is tiny and you look over it, rather than through it, to see the instrument binnacle. There have been some criticisms about the wheel blocking the instruments, but that will only affect a very small number of drivers with unusual driving positions.

Interior quality is a great improvement over the old 207, comparing well with most rivals. There’s a nicely put together dashboard layout with soft-touch covering, and while the low down plastics aren’t quite as plush as those higher up, that’s pretty typical of cars this size, plus they’re hardwearing enough to stand the test of time.

One thing that stands out is the touch screen system at the top of the centre stack; it looks pretty swanky but it’s not the most responsive or user friendly system we've experienced. You do get used to it fairly quickly though. There are some further niggles in the cabin, too, like a tiny glovebox and cup holders that are too small to carry anything larger than a 330ml can of pop.

The aforementioned miniature steering wheel makes for an interesting driving experience – go karts have wheels of a similar size, so you end up gripping it in the same way through corners. Unfortunately, the size of the steering wheel doesn’t make the drive the very best – the handling is neither joyfully precise nor is the ride particularly comfortable, while the gear change is sloppy and clunky. Ford does it better with the Fiesta.

On the plus side, running costs should be low thanks to a broad offering of frugal petrol and diesel engines, including e-HDI diesels which successfully blend useful performance with good economy – you’ll beat 50mpg in real world driving without even trying. There’s also a 1.0-litre three-cylinder that starts at less than £10,000 and a full-fat, 200PS GTI.

Furthermore, Peugeot’s ‘Just Add Fuel’ lease option bundles up all motoring costs including the monthly lease amount, tax discs, maintenance costs and insurance into one amount. That means one headache free car bill each month – the only other cost under most circumstances is fuel. 

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Real MPG average for a Peugeot 208 (2012 – 2019)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

76%

Real MPG

33–79 mpg

MPGs submitted

402

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ASK HJ

How long should the clutch on a Peugeot automatic last?
My mother in law bought a Peugeot 208 a year ago and with 18,000 miles on the clock. The “clutch", which even though it is an automatic, has started going at a cost of £1700 to replace according to the Peugeot dealership. It seems very unrealistic that a clutch which you don’t even control should go after 18,000 miles. The Peugeot three-year warranty ran out in July but she extended it for another year so it is still under warranty.
This will be an automated manual, referred to as an EGS or EGC. While a driver would not be able to damage the clutch by slipping it (the most common reason for clutch failure), if she habitually sat on the brakes at traffic lights, leaving the transmission in Drive, and the engine did not automatically switch off, then that could have the effect of wearing the clutch. I think there's room for negotiation and goodwill here under the extended warranty, so that's the way to tackle it.
Answered by Honest John
My car just had the engine replaced, should the mileage go back to zero?
I bought a secondhand Peugeot 208 on finance with 33,000 miles on it. It then blew a head gasket after five months of use. As it was under warranty, I argued that the garage should foot the bill and, after much ado and prompting by the finance company, they had no choice but to agree. To cut a long story short, the garage ended up putting a brand new engine in the car. I'm now wondering if the mileage should start from zero given that its a new engine. Also, how does this impact on the sale should I wish to keep it after paying off finance? Should my insurance decrease?
Well done. No, the mileage stays the same. But you now have the advantage of a brand new engine in a car with 33,000 miles. That increases its value, not decreases it. The V5C will need to be amended with the new engine number. No 'modification' so no need to disclose the engine change to your insurer.
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Which automatic car has the best engine - the 1.5-litre Mazda 2 or the 1.2-litre Peugeot 208/Citroen C3?
I have been following what you have said about the best small engines and automatics and I'm stuck between choosing the Citroen C3/Peugeot 208 Puretech petrol 1.2 110PS with the auto EAT6 gearbox and the Madza 2 1.5 Skyactiv automatic. I am also considering manuals. Out of the the two above, which would you recommend? The specs are very similar and I am finding it hard to make a call.
The Mazda 2 1.5 Skyactiv with 6-speed torque converter is by far the best. We were disappointed with the 1.2 Puretech 110 + EAT6 in the C3. It seems to be a lower torque auto than the EAT6 in the C4 Picasso with 1.2 Puretech 130.
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What reliable car should I replace my Honda Jazz with?
I currently have an almost six year old Honda Jazz 1.4 ES which I have had from new. It has been very reliable and I have been happy with it. I thought of replacing it with a new Jazz but noticed in one of your replies that you do not recommend the manual version. I am looking for a reliable, manual, petrol for a mixture of long and short journeys with a decent sized boot so that luggage can be carried out of sight. The budget would be that of a mid spec (SE) Jazz. What would you recommend?
They are low geared and not very powerful. Shame that Honda did not import the 1.5 i-VTEC engine. But the Jazz should be better with the new Honda 1.0 Turbo engine, probably arriving this year. I'd look at a Peugeot 2008 1.2 PureTech 130 as well.
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What does a Peugeot 208 (2012 – 2019) cost?

Buy new from £14,535 (list price from £17,135)
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