Peugeot 208 - best superminis

Peugeot faces high expectations for the new 208 supermini, and on many levels it succeeds.

Prices: £17,255-£30,275

Engines: Petrol - 1.2-litre PureTech 75PS, 100PS and 130PS. Diesel - 1.5-litre BlueHDi 100PS. Electric - 50kWh 136PS

Trims: Active, Active Premium, Allure, Allure Premium, GT Line, GT

Economy: 44.3-73.6mpg (217-mile e-208 electric range)

CO2: 0-134g/km

0-62mph: 8.1-14.9s 

The new Peugeot 208 is a great-looking supermini. It brings a sense of style and a real feelgood factor, helping it stand out from equally capable rivals. 

The 208, along with the new Vauxhall Corsa, sits on PSA Group’s new CMP small car platform. The platform has been designed from the outset to offer different powertrain configurations, so that means the 208 can come with a petrol engine, a diesel engine or as a pure-electric vehicle. Options for the 208 run to a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol with either 75bhp, 99bhp, or 128bhp, a 1.5-litre diesel with 99bhp or a 134bhp full-electric version.

Although the car is only available in a five-door bodystyle, customers can choose from six trim-levels for the 208 range - Active, Active Premium, Allure, Allure Premium, GT Line and the stand-alone GT trim that is only offered with the e-208 electric model. 

The e-208 costs around £6,500 more than the diesel models and is able to cover up to 217 miles on a single charge. It can be fully charged from a 7kWh home wall box in 7.5 hours, while a 100kWh public terminal can achieve 80% power in just 30 minutes. The electric motor sits under the bonnet, while the 50kWh battery pack lies under the rear seats. So, the interior remains the same as in other models, without any loss of valuable space.

Best superminis to buy now

  1. Renault Clio
  2. Ford Fiesta
  3. Toyota Yaris
  4. Vauxhall Corsa
  5. Peugeot 208
  6. MINI 5-door
  7. Skoda Fabia
  8. Volkswagen Polo
  9. Mazda 2
  10. Citroen C3

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