What am I looking at?
The Style is an upgrade over the 208 in Active trim, the highest-selling trim line.
To that end, it gets a long list of equipment the Active doesn’t have – lifted straight from Peugeot’s press release, that includes a ‘Cielo’ panoramic glass roof, satnav, parking sensors, a leather steering wheel, chrome-capped door mirrors, new seat trim and the obligatory Style badging.
All of this would normally cost you more than 1,400, or a walk all the way to Feline trim for the glass roof, satnav and a few of the other toys – but the Style is priced at 750 more than the regular Active model.
What are the engine options?
You get three choices – a PureTech 1.2-litre VTi petrol, a 1.4 HDi diesel or 1.6 e-HDi diesel.
The PureTech is Peugeot’s new three-cylinder unit. It’s a nice little engine with 50 mpg real-world potential and a 62.8 mpg official figure, and likely a better choice for city drivers than the particulate filter-equipped diesels.
Not that the diesels aren’t also viable options. We’ve also driven the e-HDi, which is refined, frugal and offers pretty good performance. The official figure for that is 74.3 mpg (with associated free VED), while the 1.4 HDi manages the same combined figure at a lower cost, and lower performance.
The 208 Style runs from 13,445 in the three-door body style and 14,045 for the five-door. There’s a wide range of engine and body style combinations, which you can see on our 208 review page.
The usual suspects – Ford’s Fiesta, Renault’s Clio, Citroen’s DS3 and Volkswagen’s Polo are the default alternatives, though the supermini segment is awash with talented vehicles, all offering different levels of style, performance and equipment.
In a line:
Style? Possibly. Value? Definitely.