Peugeot 208 review - Reliability and safety
Peugeot customers rate improved quality and reliability, but the 208 misses out on a top safety rating
Peugeot has continued to make good progress with overall quality and reliability. The 208 finished in 51st place out of a 75-car list in our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, although its sister car, the 2008, finished in 12th spot. Peugeot also performed reasonably well in our customer feedback on the best brands, coming 11th out of 29 manufacturers and beating the likes of Hyundai, Renault and Skoda.
The previous-generation 208 achieved a maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, albeit under a less-stringent testing procedure. The new 208 has been awarded a four-star rating from the tougher new test, but you should still view the latest model in context as a definite move forward.
All cars get six airbags, lane keeping assist, speed limit recognition and recommendation, tyre pressure monitors and stability control. Also included as standard is Peugeot’s Active Safety Brake (pedestrian) system, which is able to auto-activate the car’s braking at low speeds, if there is a risk of collision. The GT Line adds a night and cycling function to the active safety brake system, while the e-208 GT includes adaptive cruise control, lane positioning assist and blind spot monitoring.
Peugeot’s warranty applies for three years, which is the industry standard. Some rival brands do offer more generous warranty lengths, including Toyota (five years), Hyundai (five years) and Kia (seven years). The fact that Peugeot applies no limit to the mileage covered makes it a definite cut above the norm, though. It’s possible to extend the warranty at extra cost.
Peugeot offers flexible service plans for up to five years, with various mileage options. All packages remain at a fixed cost for the duration of the plan and can be paid for either as a one-off sum, or monthly direct debit arrangement. An approved Peugeot service plan can be purchased up to 12 months after the car’s first registration date.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Peugeot 208 has eye-catching looks and is pleasant to drive, but rivals are more practical and offer better value
- 2Engines, performance and driveWith petrol, diesel and all-electric versions, the 208 range offers great flexibility
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsThe Peugeot 208 is expensive to buy and insure, but offers a range of frugal engines.
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe 208 looks great and includes lots of new tech, but you’ll certainly pay for it
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe design-led 208 offers a quirky driving position, but can’t compete on the basics of practicality
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingPeugeot customers rate improved quality and reliability, but the 208 misses out on a top safety rating