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Peugeot 208

(2020 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

71
%
A

Used car score:

73
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

70
%
C

Safety Rating:

66
%
C

Eco Rating:

73
%
A

Reliability Rating:

72
%
C

Running Costs:

79
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

71
%
A

Used car score:

73
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

70
%
C

Safety Rating:

66
%
C

Eco Rating:

73
%
A

Reliability Rating:

72
%
C

Running Costs:

79
%
A

Summary


The Peugeot 208 is a small, supermini-class, five-door hatchback. The current model was launched in 2019 and arrived in UK showrooms in January 2020.

The new 208 is also available with an electric motor, which is called the e-208. We have a separate page for this model, as it is substantially different to the combustion-engined model.

The media reviews for the 208 to date have been generally positive, with praise for the car’s design – both inside and out – as well as its interior quality. However, some sources have been rather critical of the firm ride and poor handling compared to the best cars in its class. A four-star Euro NCAP safety rating is also below the scores set by some rivals.

As of February 2024, the Peugeot 208 has a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 71%. It scores highly for its low running costs and CO2 emissions, but its safety rating is not as good as some other small cars.

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door hatchback
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £20,760 on-road

Launched: Winter 2019/20
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 4 stars
Date tested: November 2019
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 91%
Child protection: 86%
Vulnerable road users: 56%
Safety assist: 71%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 1.2-litre petrol manual 100hp

Overall score: 3 stars
Date tested: November 2020
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 4.7 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 6.2 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 5.1 / 10

Model tested: 1.5 Blue HDI 100 diesel 4X2 manual

Overall score: 3 stars
Date tested: July 2021
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 5.1 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 7.2 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 4.5 / 10

Three stars

The Peugeot 208 1.2-litre petrol variant of the 208 achieved a three-star eco rating from Green NCAP in November 2021, while the 1.5-litre diesel version was awarded a three-star eco rating from in July 2021.

Green NCAP said: “The Peugeot 208 1.5 BlueHDi 100 represents the latest in diesel technology and performs well. It achieves high scores for Energy Efficiency. The Greenhouse Gas Index is the weakest of the three areas of assessment, but the Peugeot emerges with a solid three-star rating.”

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Peugeot 208 has a reliability score that’s about average, according to workshop and warranty data provided by our partners at MotorEasy. This score covers both the current-generation 208 and the previous (pre-2019) versions.

Unfortunately, the most frequently reported problems with the 208 relate to its engine, which can lead to a bill in the range of £1,100. A common car on UK roads, MotorEasy has received several warranty claims for electrical system, suspension and braking system faults, but these types of repairs are comparitively much cheaper to fix.

If you’re looking at a used Peugeot 208, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of these potential problem areas.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models109 g/kmA134 – g/kmA – A
Diesel models103 g/kmA103 – 110 g/kmA – A
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models20A12 – 25A – B
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£164A
Year 2£482A
Year 3£729A
Year 4£963A
Year 5£1,331A
Overall£3,669A

The Peugeot 208 should be a very cheap car to own and run, according to whole-life cost data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our technical partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

We don’t have independently verified fuel consumption data for the petrol and diesel models, but the CO2 levels (which are linked closely to fuel consumption) are excellent.

Insurance costs are very outstanding, as are servicing and maintenance costs over the first five years. So the Peugeot 208 will be one of the very cheapest cars you can find to own and run.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Peugeot 208 has received

2022

  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Supermini

2021

  • Fleet News Awards – Best Small Car

2020

  • European Car of the Year
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Small Car
  • Red Dot Awards – Product Design
  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Car over £18K

2019

  • carwow Awards – Little Legend Award

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Media reviews for the Peugeot 208 have been positive, with praise for its design and build quality. However, poor ride and handling have been criticised.Peugeot 208