Peugeot’s 208 supermini range has been given a minor mid-life update, including a few cosmetic tweaks, engine and infotainment changes.
The grille, which features the brand’s new logo, is now wider with a new angular dash pattern design, and the ‘claw’ light signatures on either side of the bumper have been shifted outwards to make the car appear wider – the design of which differs depending on the model you choose.
In the rear, the supermini is essentially unchanged, apart from a small update for the rear tail lights, which now have horizontal LED strips, instead of vertical. Seven exterior colours are available, including two additional options – a grey and a yellow.
The same trim levels remain – the ‘Active’, ‘Allure’, ‘GT’ and the limited-run e-208 ‘E-Style’ – but the equipment levels of these trims have been revised, which has brought price increases.
A ten-inch infotainment screen now comes as standard on the dashboard (replacing the old seven-inch console), which can now mirror devices wirelessly, and includes a TomTom navigation system and a voice assistant. Peugeot adds that the screen’s graphics have a higher resolution and the display layout with different colours or information.
The range of powertrain options has seen more dramatic changes. The lead-in 75hp and 100hp 1.2-litre petrol options have been carried over from the previous model range, but two extra petrol mild-hybrids have also been introduced, offering 100hp and 136hp respectively.
The electric e-208 range still includes both older 50kWh and newer 51kWh models. The latter was introduced earlier this year, and can muster a distance of 248 miles from full charge, up from the former’s 225-mile range.
Now available to order in the UK, pricing for the facelifted 208 starts at over £20k for the entry-level petrol, and at over £32k for the e-208.
Praised for its design inside and out, as well as its low running costs, the Peugeot 208 currently holds an Expert Rating of 70%. The electric e-208 has received similar praise and holds a higher Expert Rating of 73%.