Excellent fuel economy thanks to the lightweight construction, aerodynamics and numerous intelligent engines.
5 Star NCAP safety score
The interior looks great and the exterior has a nice futuristic touch.
The steering really feels quite limp and lifeless.
Entry level equipment is lacking.
Poorly designed cabin creates ergonomic issues, the interior doesn't feel as good as it looks.
The Peugeot 208 is the French manufacturer's latest nifty supermini and the follow-on from the 207. It saw release in 2012 after impressing the crowds at the Geneva Motor Show with its futuristic styling designed to optimise aerodynamic efficiency.
In addition to its low drag styling the Peugeot 208 was built on a lightweight PF1 chassis weighing nearly 120 KG less than its predecessor the 207. As you can imagine this decrease in weight and increase in aerodynamic efficiency has left the 208 with fantastic fuel consumption figures. This is further improved by the frugal nature of the engines, especially the two 3-cylinder powerplants which open the range; the 1.0 and 1.2 litre. Both these engines feature a variable valve timing VTi setup with the 1.0 litre giving an estimated 60 miles to the gallon. The regular 1.4 litre is the odd one out in the range whilst the 1.6 litre GTi features is a 197 BHP turbo that adds some excitement to the range.
The interior of the 208 is a shining example of modern design with the styling and equipment levels creating a genuinely classy feel. The panoramic design of the front windshield gives great visibility in addition to looking good, the rest of the ergonomics leave much to be desired though. The trim range runs from Access, Access+, Active, Allure through to the premiere class XY. For some reason, XY is named Feline on 5-door models. Examples of goodies you can expect include air con, power steering, electric windows and leather trims. Try to avoid the Access models as they not only don't include cruise control but don't even include air conditioning. This is frankly unacceptable for such a recent car.
Whilst the Peugeot 208 certainly competes with the best in terms of exterior styling and fuel economy that's about all it offers. In the highly competitive supermini category it lacks the excitement, handling and even comfort to match the Ford Fiesta or VW up!. If you happen to be making a long distance journey along largely straight roads and you don't mind sacrificing comfort for good petrol consumption, then the 208 might be worthy of consideration.