The Peugeot 208 has always performed well in the highly competitive hatchback market and the new version should certainly be considered by any motorist looking for a stylish, fun and reliable small car. While there are some similarities to the previous models, there have also been a few major changes to the car which could help it to compete against the best-selling Ford Fiesta.
One of the most notable updates for the new Peugeot 208 is the design of the vehicle which is vastly superior to the outgoing model. The new 208 is marginally longer, wider and lower to go with better-defined proportions and more aggressive lighting cues which give this model some edge and character.
The new 208 is the first to offer petrol, diesel and pure-electric powertrain options with the 99bhp Puretech 100 being the pick of the bunch. This version is well-suited to motorway driving and with a livelier performance than many other notable vehicles in its class. The new model also comes with a range of impressive technology which will appeal to many, such as lane positioning assist, full park assist, the latest generation automatic emergency brake assist and active blind-spot monitoring amongst many other handy driver aids.
In terms of handling, the 208 is comfortable and easy but you will not get the same level of connection with the road that you benefit from with vehicles like the Fiesta or the Audi A1. The new 208 features a very small steering wheel which can get some getting used to but will satisfy most drivers without providing too much of a thrill.
The Peugeot 208 is not the cheapest to buy by far in its class but that is what you get with a popular model and reputable brand like this. You could benefit from offers and deals on the new 208 when you buy from a reputable dealership. The vehicle is one of the more affordable ones to run when compared with other class leaders with the 1.2 Puretech 100 petrol version managing 47.9mpg in real-world tests which is more than the Polo and Clio.
The interior is an area where Peugeot has clearly placed a lot of focus as it is quite different from its predecessor and provides one of the best driving environments in its class. The seats are comfortable with an adjustable lumbar support as an available option and a stylish interior. It is unconventional in that you view the iCockpit instruments by looking over the small steering wheel as opposed to through (hence the smaller wheel).
Overall, the new Peugeot 208 has improved in many areas which should help it to compete at a higher level and will attract many motorists. It has not reached the level of the class-leading Ford Fiesta but it is certainly a small car which should be considered by any motorist when shopping in this market, especially if design, technology and comfort are key factors for you.