Peugeot 208 Review 2023
Peugeot 208 At A Glance
The latest Peugeot 208 has upped the game in the desirability stakes by quite a bit, showing small cars don't have to be dull and feel built down to a cost. There's a few compromises to be made in the name of design, but as our Peugeot 208 review shows we reckon it's well worth considering among the best in this class.
Remember when small Peugeots had a touch of style about them? The 205 still looks pretty sharp today, but later cars (in particular the lacklustre 207) lost that joie de vivre that helped them stand out from the usual small car tedium.
We're happy to report that the latest generation Peugeot 208 marks a return to form on that front, with that striking design and interior that's more club class than cut price. But the beauty is more than skin deep, as the 208 is the first Peugeot to be offered with three power sources: petrol, diesel and fully electric - the latter badged the Peugeot e-208.
There's another small car that offers that trio of motor choices: the latest Vauxhall Corsa. That's because both are very closely related under the skin, with the Vauxhall offering a more conventional design but a more affordable price. The Peugeot, on the other hand, competes with the Volkswagen Polo, Toyota Yaris and Renault Clio as a slightly higher class offering.
The Peugeot's interior might be well-equipped and (in higher spec trims particularly) very appealing, but there's some negatives. Firstly it isn't the roomiest small car money can buy in the back, and secondly the unusual iCockpit cabin design (more on that in a bit) won't suit all shapes and sizes.
Most people will buy the petrol Peugeot 208, which uses a 1.2-litre Puretech turbo petrol engine in a couple of outputs. There's a frugal 1.5-litre diesel for motorway hacks, while the Peugeot e-208 has a punchy electric motor and a range of up to 217 miles. To drive the 208 majors on comfort and refinement over outright fun whichever version you go for.
Overall there's a lot to like, and if you're willing to pay a little more over the Corsa for something that stands out in the supermarket car park it's a good - if not perfect - buy.
Looking for the older version? You'll want our Peugeot 208 (2012-2019) review.