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Popular Peugeot 208 such enjoyable experience

16:34 04 November 2015

Peugeot has tweaked the 208

Peugeot has tweaked the 208's exterior styling and added some extra kit and updated the engine line-up.

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Iain Dooley drives Peugeot’s updated 208 supermini. The French company has tweaked the car’s exterior, added some welcome extra kit and refreshed its engine line-up.

What’s new?

The 208 is a big deal for Peugeot. As superminis go, the small car sells well and is a popular and economical car to drive and own. This refresh has been designed to boost its appeal and green credentials.

Peugeot is offering 208 buyers a modest level of trim and colour personalisation. Staying with the aesthetics, the car has benefited from a modest nose and tail refresh while, all bar the base model, gain a colour touchscreen giving access to the main entertainment, navigation and ventilation features.

A sub 80g/km CO2 diesel has been introduced alongside a new three-cylinder 1.2-litre turbo petrol motor.

Peugeot 208

Price: Peugeot 208 1.2 PureTech GT Line three-door, £16,095 (range £11,695 to £21,995)

Engine: 1.2-litre, 108bhp, three-cylinder turbo petrol

Transmission: Five-speed manual driving front wheels

Performance: 0-62mph 9.6 seconds; top speed 118mph

MPG: 62.8 combined

CO2 emissions: 103g/km

Looks and image

Looks are everything in the competitive and crowded supermini market. Following the trend for personalisation and the desire to focus harder on younger buyers, the freshened-up 208 looks the part and can be had with a few choice extras to differentiate it from the next one. The hugely-popular 208 enjoys a strong following and is enjoyable and economical.

Space and practicality

With the refresh focusing on exterior design and updated engines, the cabin is essentially unchanged. In three-door guise the car offers a good balance of space and practicality if you don’t plan on using the rear seats much, with the more versatile five-door a better choice as a starter family car. Folding rear seats, generous oddment storage and a city parking space-friendly footprint complete the 208’s talents.

Behind the wheel

At a basic level the car feels more agile and willing than many rivals, and the decision to fit a smaller steering wheel goes some way to tricking you into thinking you’re driving a racing car not a supermini.

Still, what’s important here is the introduction of two key engines – a new 1.2-litre turbo petrol triple and 79g/km CO2 diesel. Business users will no doubt warm to the latter but the turbo petrol is likely to appeal to private buyers. It’s punchy enough thanks to 108 horsepower, and you never miss that fourth cylinder even when pushing on.

Value for money

The 208 has always been an appealing and financially-sound choice, more so now with enhanced personalisation options, the engine update and new low CO2 diesel variant. The general uplift in standard kit is also welcome, and reduces the temptation to browse the cost options list.

Who would buy one?

Keen drivers will enjoy the 208’s driving experience while its bold looks, accommodating cabin and affordable ownership proposition position it high up within the supermini sector.

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