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Peugeot 208 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space (2012 - 2019)

The 208 is supermini-sized on the outside, but space inside is generous for both passengers and luggage

Two Peugeot 208 body styles are offered: a three-door and a five-door. Both have decent practicality for a supermini, with plenty of passenger space both up front and in the rear, and a good-sized boot by class standards. It’s worth choosing a higher spec model if you want your front seat passenger to be comfortable, as they come with a height-adjustable passenger seat.

Size

The 208 is a usefully compact supermini, which certainly helps in urban traffic. At 3,973mm long, it’s almost exactly the same length as the last generation Ford Fiesta, but it’s slightly wider and lower than the Ford, measuring 1,739mm wide and 1,460mm tall (versus the Fiesta’s 1,722mm and 1,495mm).

Leg room, head room & passenger space

Although the three-door’s rear seats offer as much room as the five-door’s, headroom is more limited. Rear seat occupants in the Peugeot 208 enjoy similar amounts of head and legroom as they do in the previous generation Ford Fiesta, but you’ll struggle to fit three adults across the narrow rear bench.

The cabin boasts plenty of useful storage options, including a number of cup-holders, decent door bins and a deep cubby area ahead of the gearlever. On the downside, the central armrest can tend to get in the way of your elbow when driving (although you can flip it up out of position), while the large fusebox takes up more than half the space in the glovebox.

Boot

The Peugeot 208’s 285-litre boot (with all seats raised) is pretty much the same size as the previous generation Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo. However, overall practicality is compromised by a high load lip and a small tailgate opening, making the luggage area a bit tricky to access. On the plus side, boot space increases to 1,076 litres when the rear seats are lowered, which is bigger than either than Fiesta or the Polo. 

We’re pleased to see that a proper spare wheel (either a space-saver or full-size spare) is standard across the 208 range, unlike most rivals which now make do with a puncture repair kit. The only exception is the 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport: its 18-inch alloy wheel is too big for the boot so you only get a tyre inflation kit.

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The Peugeot 208’s towing abilities are respectable for the class. The maximum braked towing weight is 1,150kg for our top choice model, the 1.2 PureTech 110.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.2 PureTech Active 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £16,210

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.2 PureTech Active 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £16,210

Fastest

  • Name
    1.2 PureTech 130 Allure 5dr EAT8
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £21,440
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