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Peugeot 208 (2012–)

Last updated 9 May 2019

 
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Kerb weight 960–1670 kg
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Servicing 12,500–20,000 miles

Full specifications

Driving

The engines offered by Peugeot generally emphasise fuel economy and low emissions over high performance, but there are two higher powered engines - a 156PS THP and a 200PS THP, the latter of which is only available in the GTI hot hatch version of the 208. Most buyers will go for a more run-of-the-mill model, though.

The entry level 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre VTI petrol engines are a bit lacklustre for motorway use, but are fine around town. If you want a petrol model then you’re better off with a 1.4-litre or 1.6-litre VTI, which are better performers. The best balance of performance and economy comes from the e-HDI diesels – there’s a 1.4 with 68PS and a 1.6 with 92PS.

They’re reasonably refined at low revs, produce enough torque for overtaking and motorway driving and give genuinely impressive fuel economy - you’ll get 55mpg even if you drive like a hooligan. Both the 1.4 and 1.6 e-HDI engines drop below the magic 100g/km emissions level, so they’re free to tax every year, but bear in mind that they do cost more than petrol models to buy.

Whatever engine you choose, the 208 is reasonable to drive, but it has a few flaws that hold it back. It’s good fun on a country road, but the suspension sometimes feels old fashioned and unsettled over the broken and rough road surfaces so common in the UK. It’s not as much of a problem around town, though, so if that’s where you tend to drive there’s not much to worry about.

You will probably be frustrated by the gear change on manual models though, which isn’t exactly pleasurable. It’s notchy and imprecise, with the lever often demanding a second shove to get it properly into gear. Thankfully the steering is accurate and is reasonably well weighted, and thanks to the car’s small size it’s nice and easy to park, even though over shoulder visibility isn’t great.

Despite the 208’s shortcomings it’s not a bad car to drive, it’s just not quite as polished as the likes of the Ford Fiesta, which is more fun, or the Volkswagen Polo, which feels more mature and drives like a larger car. If an enjoyable drive is less important to you than styling or running costs then the 208 should be fine. 

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
1.0 Puretech 66 mpg 14.0 s 101 mph 99 g/km
1.0 Puretech 68 64 mpg 14.0 s 103 mph 102 g/km
1.2 e-Puretech 82 EGC 69 mpg 14.5 s 111 mph 95 g/km
1.2 Puretech 110 61–66 mpg 9.6 s 117–118 mph 103–106 g/km
1.2 Puretech 110 Automatic 55–63 mpg 9.8 s 117–118 mph 104–116 g/km
1.2 Puretech 68 60 mpg 13.8 s 103 mph 108 g/km
1.2 Puretech 82 59–66 mpg 9.6–13.5 s 109–118 mph 99–109 g/km
1.2 Puretech 82 Automatic 67 mpg 14.5 s 111 mph 97 g/km
1.2 Puretech 82 EGC 69 mpg 14.5 s 111 mph 95 g/km
1.4 e-HDi EGC 83 mpg 16.2 s 103 mph 87 g/km
1.4 HDi 74 mpg 13.5 s 101 mph 98 g/km
1.4 Puretech 50 mpg 11.7 s 117 mph 129 g/km
1.5 BlueHDi 100 76 mpg 13.3 s 109 mph 97 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 79 mpg 9.4 s 118 mph 94 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 100 81–94 mpg 10.7 s 116 mph 79–91 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 120 79 mpg 9.4 s 118 mph 94 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 75 81–94 mpg 13.3 s 106 mph 79–90 g/km
1.6 e-HDi 74–79 mpg 9.7–10.9 s 115–118 mph 95–99 g/km
1.6 e-HDi 115 74 mpg 9.7 s 118 mph 99 g/km
1.6 e-HDi 92 79 mpg 10.9 s 115 mph 95 g/km
1.6 e-HDi EGC 74 mpg 11.8 s 114 mph 98 g/km
1.6 Puretech 49–50 mpg 8.9–10.9 s 118 mph 129–134 g/km
1.6 Puretech Automatic 44 mpg 10.7 s 118 mph 149 g/km
1.6 THP 49–50 mpg 7.3–7.4 s 134–135 mph 129–135 g/km
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