Peugeot 208: The Individualistic Supermini

Peugeot 208

France’s major automakers apart from Bugatti, seem to have an affinity for making superminis. Considering their size these cars have favourable production costs. Most cities world over seem to be littered with these cars. There is a mass uptake of them as they are considerably more affordable than their bigger counterparts. I guess it’s a small world and as such we need small cars. Competing with the Clio from France is the Peugeot 208. Peugeot has a great reputation for reliability. And no doubt that the 208 is another reliable offering from the “lion.”

The History

The first car in this model’s line was the Peugeot 201 which was produced in 1929-1937. It was unveiled in the 1929 Paris Motor Show. It came in an inopportune time as the Wall Street Crash was sending shockwaves throughout the world. However, the pragmatic approach of the 201 road the economic upheaval rather brilliantly as the car’s engineering and design matched the mood of the time.

Current Model

The Peugeot 208 is the eighth generation of this supermini model and it succeeded the 207. It first came out as a 3-door hatch during the 2012 March Geneva Motor Show. At the time they were produced at Peugeot’s new plant in Slovakia, later in June the same year 5-door hatches became available with production commencing in Mulhouse and Poissy in France.

Peugeot 208

The Variants

The Peugeot 208 is available as either a 3-door or 5-door hatch, and here are its trims:

  • Access A/C
  • Active
  • XS White
  • XS Lime
  • Allure
  • GT Line
  • GTi
  • GTi Pretige (3-door only)
  • GTi by Peugeot Sport (3-door only)

The Powertrain

Powering the Peugeot 208 are a range of three cylinder and four cylinder petrol engines. There are two diesel engines to choose from both of which are four cylinder. The most powerful engine is a 1.6L turbo petrol four cylinder that manages to churn out 197 bhp and 203 lb-ft of torque. As for transmission you have either 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual or 4-speed auto depending on the trim.

The Interior

The 208’s cabin looks crisp and sharp. There is an infotainment touchscreen with a nice leather steering wheel. However, when compared to the likes of let’s say the Polo the 208 doesn’t really match up.

The Exterior

When it comes to the Peugeot’s exterior it feels a little bland as compared to some of its rivals. Compared with a Polo or Fiesta the Lion looks a little bit dull. However, that aside it does look contemporary just doesn’t seem to have that wow effect. Its horseshoe grille and rising LED headlights make its front fascia quite sumptuous to look at.

Our Verdict

The Peugeot 208 is not really about performance and practicality as much as it’s about customization. In some sort of way the Peugeot feels like the Fiat 500 of this segment, where it offers its clients limitless customization options. This clearly shows that Peugeot are targeting youthful drivers. As for its performance it’s good enough just not amazing. However, it does offer a couple of great engines that make your driving experience great. Another highlight is that it is extremely reliable. A great car especially for those who treasure their individuality.

To own a Peugeot 208, you should start to budget from £ 16,990.

The Peugeot 208 greatest feature is the limitless customization options it offers its clients. Do you agree with that statement or do you think the 208 has another niche? Have your say, leave a comment.

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