Peugeot updated the 208 in the middle of 2015 with more personalisation options, slight styling changes and engine revisions. Then, at the start of 2016, the brand introduced an updated 1.6-litre diesel engine that is incredibly frugal.
The interior of the 208 looks much better than you’d expect from a reasonably priced supermini – it gives the class-leading Polo a run for its money. Passenger space is good in the front as well as in the back, but the boot lacks practicality.
The 208 drives like a small city car should: it’s fairly fun at lower speeds, but is also surprisingly capable at long-distance driving thanks to a comfy ride.
The driving experience doesn't have the claws expected of the lion badge
The diesels are frugal, but the new 1.2-litre PureTech petrol is the pick of the range. It combines perky performance with decent fuel economy if you’re not too heavy footed with the accelerator pedal.
Even the most basic version of the 208 gets air-conditioning and Bluetooth phone connectivity for hands-free phone calls or wireless music streaming. More expensive trim levels get creature comforts such as leather upholstered seats and automatic climate control.
After the 206 and unloved 207, the Peugeot 208 offers impressive levels of space, decent handling, stylish looks, a good range of engines and surprising refinement for a car in this class.
Yes, it does have its drawbacks – mainly some interior inconveniences, but if you’re looking for a stylish supermini with cheap running costs then it’s definitely worth considering.
For a more detailed look at the 208, see the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. And, if you want to see what sort of deals are available on the 208, go straight to our deals page.