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Peugeot 208 review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The Peugeot 208 is expensive to buy and insure, but offers a range of frugal engines.

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

MPG, CO2 and running costs Rating

3.9 out of 5

£16,310 to £33,505
  • Good-looking
  • Performance
  • Electric option
  • High list price
  • Tight rear space
  • Expensive optional kit

As with most superminis, the Peugeot 208 is arguably best suited to urban commutes and shorter journeys. With this in mind, it’s probably the petrol models that will suit you best. They’re cheaper, economical enough and make good sense as an overall package. The 1.2-litre 75PS petrol version keeps CO2 emissions at 98g/km, with maximum fuel consumption of 53.6mpg. But, in truth, there’s not an awful lot in the figures as you move up the petrol power range. Even the 130PS, eight-speed auto model manages 51.9mpg, while maintaining emissions of 108g/km.

In an already expensive model range, the 1.5 BlueHDi diesel costs around £1,500 more than the equivalent petrol version, but could make sense if you do a lot of miles. The oil-burner, under WLTP testing, is able to achieve a maximum 71.4mpg, while keeping CO2 emissions at just 92g/km.

Priced from around £25,000, 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. You’ll have to think seriously as to whether your individual lifestyle could adapt to pure electric power, and whether you can afford such a high list price, but seeing as most miles travelled in a 208 will be made up of shorter journeys, the charging and potential range-anxiety issues could be easily overcome for many buyers. The 208 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.

Insurance groups

While Peugeot 208 petrol models are generally cheaper to insure than the equivalent diesel, that is not to say they cost less when compared to rivals such as the Renault Clio.

The base 74bhp petrol sits in group 12, with the more powerful 99bhp and 128bhp versions ranging from group 19-25. In comparison, the Renault Clio 100bhp Iconic is in group 10.

Diesel variants sit in groups 21-22, while the e-208 is more expensive to insure, being in groups 26-28.


The latest 208 is too new to determine specific residual figures, but Peugeot will be hoping the fresh design, tech and option of electric power will make the new car a better investment than the previous model.

The old 208 only retained 33-36 percent of its value after three years, one of the poorest figures in the supermini class. By way of comparison, the 208 does less well in terms of value retention than small crossovers like its sister model, the 2008, which is in the 40 percent range.

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