2019 Peugeot 208 - New and improved supermini

The new Peugeot 208 is a stunning supermini which draws you straight to it, daring you to take it for a test drive. Peugeot really does have it nailed on when it comes to designing and building gorgeous little cars. I cannot think of many better, than this latest edition to their line up.

Peugeot has traditionally changed the number of the car, when bringing out the next-generation model, having started with the 205 back in 1983, then the 206, 207 and 208. Rather than doing a 209 Peugeot have decided to keep the 208, but have stripped it down and rebuilt from scratch an all-new 208. In my opinion, it is the best looking of the 200 family, that Peugeot has ever developed. It ticks all the boxes aesthetically, not just outside but inside as well. There are just three trim levels to choose from; Active, Allure and GT Line, so picking your 208 should be fairly straightforward.

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Let's not take anything away from the previous models, as they were extremely popular and have sold over 22 million units worldwide to date. The new 208 though should not only challenge the regular competition such as the Ford Fiesta, VW Polo and Renault Clio but also what is considered the more premium brands such as the Audi A1 and Mini.

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Engines, Power and Performance

The Peugeot 208 is available with a choice of three petrol variations, one diesel and the all-new all-electric version named the e-208 GT. We will just be focussing on the standard combustion engines and will cover the electric e-208 GT in a separate review at a later date.

We will start with the only diesel option in the range, the 1.5-litre BlueHDI which develops 100bhp and 250Nm of torque. It will hit 0-62mph in 10.2 secs and climb to a top speed of 117mph. The diesel engine is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission and can be chosen with all three of the trim levels.

The petrol engine choices come from a 1.2-litre PureTech unit with three different power outputs. The entry-level is the 74bhp, 118Nm of torque option which is paired to a five-speed manual transmission and is only available in the lowest trim level Active. It is capable of hitting 0-62mph in an unimpressive 14.9secs and will hit a top speed of 106mph.

The mid-range option is the 100bhp version with 205Nm of torque which can be paired to either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Both engine and transmission choices are available across all three trim levels. The manual gearbox will hit 0-62mph in a respectable 9.8secs, whilst the automatic takes nearly a second longer at 10.8secs, and both will hit a top speed of 117mph.

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Finally, there is the most powerful version of the 1.2-litre engine, which develops 129bhp and 230Nm of torque, coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. It will get from 0-62mph in 8.7secs and climb to a top speed of 129mph, and although the figures don't look that quick, it is a very nippy car around town. You can only have this engine in either Allure or GT Line trim levels, but is certainly worth the extra money for the added performance it provides in such a small car.

The Peugeot 208 handles well and is surprisingly smooth even when going over potholes and humps and bumps, for such a small car. The steering is light which makes it easy to manoeuvre when city driving or when it's time to park. Although the steering is not quite up to the standard of the Ford Fiesta, especially when attacking corners at high speed, it is still a vast improvement over the previous 208.

Interior Quality and Technology

The interior of the all-new 208 is one of it's stand out features with the latest selection of technology combined with the Peugeot i-Cockpit design. You get a 7-inch capacitive colour touchscreen with sat-nav, Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard along with DAB radio and voice recognition. There is also an optional 10-inch screen, which comes as standard in the GT line trim.

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In all but the entry-level Active trim, you get the new Peugeot 3D i-Cockpit display cluster. It is a new feature not found in any of its rivals and works by projecting various driver information on different layers to provide a 3D effect. This can also be fully customised by the driver to suit their needs. Although at first, this appears to be more of a gimmick than a necessity, once you get used to it, you will appreciate what it does and how useful it can be. I have no doubt this will be common across all new Peugeot's soon and could push other manufacturers to follow suit.

The build quality and materials used within the new 208 are much better than in the outgoing model. There's an air of quality and style within the cabin of the 208. It can now compete against almost all of its rivals and in most cases outshines them.

Space, Practicality and Safety

The 208 falls into the category of a 'super-mini', and it's a small car, so space is never going to be overwhelming. Upfront there is a generous amount of space to fit most adults, even those over 6ft tall. The seats are manually adjustable as standard and offer a good range of movement to find your ideal, comfortable driving position. In the back, space is a little more restrictive but still not bad for a small car with reasonable headroom and legroom to fit adults in. Ideally more suited to small adults or children, especially if using for any long journeys.

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There are various storage cubbies such as door pockets, glovebox and centre compartment to store your bits and bobs. The boot is of good size, with a capacity of 311-litres and 1106-litres with the rear seats folded down, which trumps the rival Ford Fiesta in this department.

The all-new Peugeot 208 received a 4-star rating from the recent Euro NCAP safety tests, narrowly missing out on the top 5-star award. The deduction was mainly due to inadequate whiplash protection for the passengers in the rear, something I am sure Peugeot will look to rectify in re-worked models.

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You do get a fair amount of standard safety tech as standard in the 208 such as; Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with hill start assist and Automatic Hazard light activation upon heavy braking.

The new Peugeot 208 is a gorgeous car and a massive step for the French firm in terms of quality, style and technology. If you are thinking of your next little city car, then this has to be given some serious thought. Click here to find your next car.

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Stuart Porro

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