I WAS always a fan of the Peugeot 207. Over its lifetime it proved to be a reliable, often fun, always economical and somewhat stylish small car. The lady motorists in particular seemed to fall in love with its virtues. So can the new 208 keep that loyal following?
Road Tested By Hugh Maguire
Well the new Peugeot 208 is here! It of course replaces the popular 207 range and follows in the new more Avant-Garde styling that has become a welcome Peugeot signature of late.
Available in a 3-door and 5-door hatchback, the new 208 is available with a choice of three trims – Access, Active and Allure.
The new 208 Active 5 door 1.4 HDI is the subject of this weeks review.
The range kicks off with the Access model which includes as standard, ESP, six airbags, cruise control with speed limiter, electric front windows, a full size spare wheel, child safety locks, seat belt alarm, 2 child seat ISOFIX fixtures, driver’s seat height adjustment, radio and CD player with 3.5mm jack for external audio device, steering column remote controls and daytime running lights with follow me home function.
The higher grade Active and Allure models add other goodies such as a 7” multi-function colour touchscreen with 3.5mm jack, USB connection, bluetooth, more dramatic looking and larger alloys and so on.
My initial impressions of the new 208 are very good. a short intro spin proved once again that Peugeot really know how to make very good small cars.
Engine options include a peppy1.0 litre 68bhp petrol model (99g/CO2), a 1.2 litre 82bhp petrol model (104g/CO2), a 1.4 litre 68bhp HDi diesel model (98g/CO2) and a 1.4 litre 68bhp eHDi diesel model (87g/CO2) with Stop Start technology.
The new 208 isa segment leader in two ways also with lowest emissions in its class and another class best with no less than a 5 star Euro NCAP award.
By the way all engine variants qualify for our least expensive Band A road tax which will make it interesting to see what buyers opt for.
The 1.4 litre HDi diesel would be my choice as it offers great economy but bags of power.
Slip inside and the interior is no less appealing the stylish new exterior.
I like the funky new cabin layout, it looks very attractive and seems to work well ergonomically. The materials used to create it feel better than before too with softer and more attractive looking plastics and better fit and finish all round.
Somewhat surprisingly the new 208 is actually smaller than the 207 it replaces. It is some 7cm shorter and sits 1 cm lower on the road, yet inside it offers better space and a better boot too.
Overall then initial impressions of the new 208 are very good. It proves quiet, refined and of course should be very economical to own and run based on Peugeot’s stats.
I will be spending a considerable number of kilometres behind the wheel in the not too distant future and a full road test will follow, but initial feelings gained on this test drive are very good.
Prices start at €14,495 for the entry model 1.0 68 bhp 3 door petrol.
The model tested, the 208 HDi 1.4 diesel Active costs €18,795 while the dearest model is the 208 1.4 HDi Allure Ecomatic 5 door at €21,395