We break down everything you need to know about the Peugeot 208 model and list some alternatives you could consider.

Everything you need to know about the Peugeot 208

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Is the Peugeot 208 a good car? 

Considering the build quality, safety features, performance and fuel consumption average as well as the included warranty and service plan in the purchase price, it is safe to say the Peugeot 208 is a good vehicle to consider.

Who is the Peugeot 208 a good car for?

The Peugeot 208 is a good car for younger individuals or new families that want a compact, safe and frugal vehicle to do the daily commute with. 

Is the Peugeot 208 a good first car?

Due to its compact design and ease of use, the Peugeot 208 is an ideal vehicle for a new driver or someone that is considering their first set of wheels. The standard safety equipment, which includes no less than six airbags, ABS brakes with emergency brake assist, hill-start assist, traction control and stability control also makes the French model a safe choice. 

Is the Peugeot 208 a good family car?

Although the Peugeot 208 provides 311-litres of luggage space as well as seating for five occupants, larger families might feel slightly cramped, especially those seated on the rear bench. However, the Peugeot will be ample for new families even with a child seat fitted to one of the outer rear ISOFIX mounting points.

Is there a Hybrid Peugeot 208?

At the time of writing this article, the Peugeot 208 in Active guise is only offered with a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine developing 55 kW and 118 Nm while the 6-speed manual Allure derivative gets a 1.2-litre, turbocharged, 3-cylinder petrol motor that produces 74 kW and 205 Nm of torque. Both the Allure derivative fitted with a 6-speed automatic transmission and the Peugeot 208 GT, fitted with the same gearbox comes fitted with a 1.2-litre, turbocharged, 3-cylinder petrol engine developing 96 kW and 230 Nm of torque.

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What’s it like to drive? 

Reviewer’s opinion

The area where we were most impressed with the 208 was in the ride quality, road noise and general refinement departments. We drove the 208 across a variety of road surfaces throughout our time with the vehicle and found that despite its 16-inch alloy wheels, the 208 was an absolute joy to drive.

– Sean Nurse, AutoTrader

What does it look like?

Exterior

Everything you need to know about the Peugeot 208
Everything you need to know about the Peugeot 208

Interior

Everything you need to know about the Peugeot 208

What is the Peugeot 208 like inside? 

The general fit and finish inside the Peugeot 208 are of high quality with a variety of materials used. While the Allure and GT derivatives offer a 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, the 7.0-display still provides an easy to use experience. For the driver, the French automaker incorporated a driver-centric dashboard which bolsters the experience from the 3D i-Cockpit digital instrument cluster. Overall the drive is comfortable and the road noise very low resulting in a premium feel. 

Style

The front end offers a three-dimensional grille that is flanked by aggressively-styled headlamps that also include long verticle LED daytime running lights that run towards the lower end of the bumper. The rear similarly comes fitted with LED taillamps that are styled in a ‘lion-claw-motif’ according to Peugeot. The claw incorporates three distinctive red bars for the effect. The styling is quite unique in the segment but remains distinctively Peugeot.

Everything you need to know about the Peugeot 208

Tech features

  • LED headlights and taillights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Peugeot i-Cockpit 3D digital instrument cluster
  • 7.0-inch infotainment display
  • 3D navigation
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Mirrorlink
  • USB inputs
  • Bluetooth inputs
  • Multifunctional steering wheel
  • Road sign recognition
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning
  • 180-degree reverse camera

Price and specs

Which is the cheapest 208?

The cheapest Peugeot 208 is the entry trim 208 Active – prices usually start from R 306 900

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How much does it cost?

Peugeot 208 1.2 Active from R 306 900
Peugeot 208 1.2T Allure from R 371 900
Peugeot 208 1.2T Allure auto from R 402 900
Peugeot 208 1.2T GT from R 450 900

*Pricing correct at time of publishing and subject to change without notice.

Competitors

Similar Cars to the Peugeot 208

Toyota Starlet

KIA Rio

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