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Peugeot 208

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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 now have a separate page for this model, as it is substantially different to the combustion-engined model.

The Peugeot 208 currently holds an Expert Rating of 71% as of August 2021, which puts it in the top half of its segment but still several points behind the class-leading Ford Fiesta. It’s worth pointing out that a lot of the reviews we have analysed so far have come from the international launch, so this score may change significantly as more local reviews are published. We will keep updating the results, so check back again soon for the latest information.

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 many rivals.

Key specifications

Body style: Five-door hatchback
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £16,250 on-road

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

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MEDIA REVIEWS

Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 4 stars
Date tested: November 2019

91%

ADULT OCCUPANT

86%

CHILD OCCUPANT

56%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

71%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

Three stars

The Peugeot 208 1.5-litre diesel was awarded a three-star eco rating from Green NCAP in July 2021. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

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.”

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Peugeot 208 has received

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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