Peugeot 208 Review 2022

Peugeot 208 At A Glance


+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.

New prices start from £17,805, brokers can source from £31,702

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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What's the best small auto car with easy access for the driver?
"After a traumatic injury last year, I now have different needs from my car. I am in need of an automatic with an electric seat to aid getting in and out of the vehicle. I would prefer a small to medium size car but am having trouble finding something suitable. I have £20,000 to spend, what do you suggest I buy?"
You're right, this isn't a feature that you'll find on many cars this size, but it's possible. You can fit the BMW 1 Series with electric memory seats for £750 – with electrical adjustment for height, backrest tilt, seat position and seat base tilt. The memory function means by pressing a button your seat and exterior mirror settings can be returned after someone else drove the car. For £1500, BMW's Comfort Pack 2 bundles the electric seats together with an electric opening and closing boot that you may find handy. The pack also adds keyless entry and a heated steering wheel as part of the deal. Finding a second-hand car fitted with this pack will likely be easier than finding a car with just the electric seats fitted. The Volkswagen Golf can also be had with electric seats. They're an option that's only available on higher-end models – starting with the GTI – in combination with leather upholstery. The option costs £2130 in the GTI and gives you electric adjustment for the driver’s seat height, seat length, seat cushion angle, backrest angle and lumbar support. The VW's seats also have a memory function that returns your seat and mirrors to their original position. Finding these packs on either car will be easier to do at a franchised dealer which will have a comprehensive database of the options fitted to the cars it has in stock – some non franchised dealers do also offer this. Both the BMW 1 Series and Volkswagen Golf have recently been updated and the current new car shortage means both command strong residuals, you may struggle to find a car for £20,000. The good news is that electric seats were also offered on the older models that are in your budget. If you want as new a car as possible, I'd recommend the new Peugeot 208 – it's a small car that's pretty big by the standards of a few years ago. GT and GT Premiums models are available with optional Nappa leather seats that have driver seat multi-way electric adjustment (including electric lumbar adjustment) and a massage function. They're also heated. GT models built in 2021 with around 10,000 miles on the clock are currently on sale for just under £20,000.
Answered by Russell Campbell
Which hatchbacks have high driving seats?
"I need a car that's a similar size to the Peugeot 208 for a person of limited mobility. It needs a higher seat than the 208."
Take a look at a Honda Jazz. It's a small car with impressive versatility and a higher-than-normal seating position. Alternatively, consider small crossover SUVs like the Skoda Kamiq.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What would you recommend to replace a Peugeot 206?
"My Peugeot 206 is nearing the end of its life. Even though it has only done 76,000 miles, there have been too many problems keeping it going. Can you recommend something small, uninspiring, inexpensive and much more reliable? "
A Peugeot 208 could be a good option. The latest model is one of the best little cars on sale and Peugeot's reliability record has improved in recent years. Also consider a Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Do any small cars offer 4-wheel-drive?
"Could you please recommend a small car that is both automatic and all wheel drive, with a high seat and driving assistance systems? It would be for use in a mountainous area with occasional snow on the roads in the winter. If there is not much choice, which small front wheel car would be good for snow with winter tyres on?"
There aren't many small cars with four-wheel drive and, to be honest, we'd recommend a front-wheel-drive model with winter tyres anyway. It'll be cheaper to run than an AWD car and you'd be surprised at the difference a set of tyres will make in cold weather. Look at a Ford Fiesta or Peugeot 208.
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What does a Peugeot 208 cost?

Buy new from £31,702(list price from £33,445)