Review: Peugeot 208 (2019)
Available with petrol, diesel or electric power. Electric has 211-mile range. Prices from £16,250 to over £30,000 for the 211 mile range electric version.
On sale Summer 2020.
Peugeot 208 (2019): At A Glance
- New prices start from £16,250, brokers can source from £7,651
- Contract hire deals from £168.29 per month
The new Peugeot 208 and new model Vauxhall Corsa went on sale in October 2019 at prices from £16,250. It is available with petrol and diesel engines, as well as an electric version badged the e-208 with a range of up to 211 miles.
Buyers can choose from a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 75, 100 or 130PS or a BlueHDi 1.5-litre diesel engine with 100PS. There's also a choice of six-speed manual or EAT8 eight-speed automatic gearboxes.
The interior of the 208 is inspired by the tech laden 508, with an abundance of soft-touch materials and a compact steering wheel that's complemented by a minimalist dashboard design. The 3D digital instrument panel can be projected like a hologram via the colour touchscreen.
There's also a seven- or ten-inch touchscreen display, depending on trim level, which provides Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Peugeot is offering a host of driver assistance technology including adaptive cruise control, active lane keeping assist and automatic headlight dipping.
Prices initially from £16,250 to £23,350 for the 208 1.2 Puretech 130 GT Line EAT8. The all-electric e-208 is likely to follow prices of the Vauxhall Corsa-e at around £30,000, minus the £3,500 Government Grant.
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Peugeot 208 (2019): What's It Like Inside?
The interior of the Peugeot 208 GT-Line feels just as upmarket as bigger and more expensive Peugeot models like the 508 and 3008 with a similar i-cockpit in which you look over the small steering wheel at the driver sisplay rather than through it.
The infotainment system a clear enough 20-inch screen although awkward (and a bit slow) to navigate, and having to go into menus just to adjust the climate control is annoying. However, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard across the range, allowing you to access your phone's features on the move.
The 208 is reasonably practical. It's easy enough to get comfortable in the front. There's a 311-litre boot which is a good size for a small hatchback, although there's a lip for hoisting heavy items over. Dropping the rear seats is simple enough if you need more load area.
There's adequate space in the back for children and access is easy thanks to the wide-opening rear doors (no three-door 208), although adults may find it cramped on long journeys.
Teenagers with power-hungry smartphones will be happy to find two USB outputs in the back.
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What's the Peugeot 208 (2019) like to drive?
- Engines range from 1.2 Puretech 75 to 1.5 BlueHDi
The 1.2 Puretech 130 engine is only available with the EAT8 eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission, which is one of the slickest automatic gearboxes available.
The mid-range 1.2 Puretech 100PS is available with a six-speed manual or EAT8, while the entry-level 75PS engine comes with a five-speed manual gearbox.
The entry-level 75PS engine is suprisingly eager. It's peppy and fun, with plenty of performance for driving through city centres.
Whichever engine you choose, the steering is light, which is great for darting around town. The 208 doesn't feel as sporty as a Ford Fiesta but handles well, remaining pretty flat and composed during high-speed cornering.
The downside is that the suspension is firmer than that of the Citroen C3, especially in the GT Line model with 17-inch wheels.
|1.2 Puretech 100||-||9.9 s||97 g/km|
|1.2 Puretech 100 EAT8||-||10.8 s||99 g/km|
|1.2 Puretech 110 EAT8||-||10.8 s||99 g/km|
|1.2 Puretech 130 EAT8||-||8.7 s||103 g/km|
|1.2 Puretech 75||-||13.2 s||94 g/km|
|1.5 BlueHDi||-||10.2 s||85 g/km|
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