Styling tweaks, new trim levels and even more efficient engines bring the 208 compact hatchback up to date
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The Ford Fiesta rival receives styling, trim-level upgrades and an upgraded diesel engine which Peugeot claims is “the world’s most economical internal combustion engine” aimed to keep the stylish hatchback near the top of the class.
Minor upgrades to the styling are designed to move the 208 further upmarket. The new front grille is both wider and deeper than before, while the side grilles that surround the reshaped fog lights are larger and more aggressive-looking. The LED running lights have been moved away from the lower bumper into the headlight units, providing the 208 with a more distinctive look.
The rear has benefited from similarly subtle tweaks, with the graphics of the tail lights redesigned to incorporate Peugeot’s ‘claw’ motif. Along the sides everything remains much the same, apart from new alloy wheels designs and a new chrome finish for the door mirror covers. Optionally, the brightwork can be replaced with gloss black trim for a more sporty look. Thirteen exterior paint options are available, including the new Orange Power shade seen in our images.
Inside, the love-or-loathe it ‘i-cockpit’ design – whereby the dials sit above a small diameter steering wheel – still features as before. However, all but the most basic 208 models now feature a leather trimmed steering wheel, while the quality of the sof-touch plastics on the dash have been improved.
Software updates should make the seven-inch touchscreen more usable, while a new MirrorScreen function allows buyers to transfer their mobile device’s display onto the dashboard screen, keeping your eyes where they should be when navigating.
Safety is enhanced by both the introduction of emergency city braking – which monitors the road ahead and will automatically apply the brakes in the event of an imminent collision – and a reversing camera.
2015 Peugeot 208 engines
The humble 208 now gets some of the most efficient diesel engines on the market today. Every unit emits less than 95g/km of carbon dioxide (meaning they’re free to tax), and aside from the entry level 75hp unit, all are equipped with stop/start technology, which reduces fuel usage during city driving. The most frugal model is the 208’s 100hp 1.6-litre diesel. This engine is now capable of returning a claimed 94.1mpg when combined with the five-speed manual gearbox.
Petrol engines are also impressively economical for the class, starting with 68hp 1.0-litre and 82hp 1.2 three-cylinder units. A turbocharged version of the 1.2-litre is also available, producing 110hp and what Peugeot promises to be “driveability of the highest order”. We think that means it’ll accelerate well without giving too much thought to your choice of gear.
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After the popular reaction to the 208 GTI 30th edition, the tweaks found on the most extreme version of the GTI will now become a permanent fixture in the range. Badged ‘GTI by Peugeot Sport’, it features a lower ride height, a wider track and unique 18-inch alloy wheels. The inclusion of Brembo front brakes, a trick differential and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres should up the performance stakes further. Cosmetic upgrades include a two-tone paint finish, matte-black trim, sports seats and red floor mats.
Peugeot 208 prices
Prices are yet to be confirmed for the refreshed range, though they should change very little from the current 208 starting point of £10,195. The first UK deliveries will begin in June.