The stylish new Peugeot 208 has been revealed ahead of its Geneva motor show launch. The car gets a smart interior and will be available as a pure-electric version. Here’s everything you need to know.
new Peugeot 208
EV electric model and high-tech infotainment
Price and release date
From £14,500; spring 2019
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Peugeot 208 styling
Peugeot is famous for its lion badge, but in the 208 the comparison to the king of the jungle runs deeper than just the emblem.
Those spiky front LEDs look like the fangs of a yawning lion cub and the car’s shapely wheel arches resemble the powerful shoulders of a big cat stalking its prey. Throw in tail lights that have seemingly been clawed into the 208’s bottom and the Lion-aping shade of yellow paint – and it’s fair to say Peugeot has done a good job of capturing the essence of its badge in the car’s styling.
GT Line models – like the yellow car here – look even sportier; they get 17-inch alloy wheels and gloss-black surrounds for the wheel arches and windows.
Peugeot 208 interior
Sit inside the 208 and you’ll find the interior is just as smart as the exterior. There’s just the right combination of angles and curves to make the 208s cabin look significantly more interesting than the play-it-safe design in the new Clio. And, the combination of a digital instrument binnacle and infotainment screens in 7 or 10 inches in size, also give the car a high-tech air. The 208 is available with a head-up display that projects information onto the windscreen and comes as standard with Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
What it also does is make the car feel clean and uncluttered – you only get one row of primary buttons and even they have a posh metal finish. The premium feel is helped along by your choice of chic fabric seats, while posh models get leather and (in GT Line cars) Alcantara.
There are no details yet on interior space, but if the 208 hopes to match alternatives such as the Volkswagen Polo, it’ll need to have space for four people and a boot that’ll swallow a couple of large suitcases. However, interior storage includes a cubby under the front centre armrest, a tray in front of the gear stick and lidded storage in the centre console.
Peugeot 208 driving
Central to the 208’s design is efficiency. To help save fuel it’s more aerodynamic than the model it replaces and also creates less rolling resistance as it cruises down the road. Peugeot’s even managed to shave 30kgs of the 208’s weight – so basic models are just 35kgs heavier than a sporty Alfa Romeo 4C with a carbon fibre construction and only two seats.
Peugeot e-208 EV
If electric cars are more your thing, then you’ll want to go for the e-208 EV electric car – easily spotted by its EV emblems and sparkly lion badge. It has a 100kW motor and a 50kWh battery which will give it nippy in-town performance and a range of 211 miles. Using a rapid charger the battery can be charged from empty to 80 per cent in 30 minutes.
To entice you behind the wheel of the EV, Peugeot will launch a range of services that’ll make your transition from combustion to electricity as smooth as possible. This includes an online tool that can help you plan routes that include stop-offs to charge your e-208 and free rental of a petrol or diesel car for longer trips. The EV’s batteries are also covered by an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty.
Peugeot 208 engines
If you don’t fancy electric, you can have the 208 with a choice of PureTech three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engines. The range kicks off with the 75hp model which gets a five-speed manual gearbox, while the 100hp version gets a six-speed manual with the option to upgrade to an eight-speed auto. The top-of-the-range 130hp petrol, meanwhile, gets the auto as standard. If you’d rather have a car that burns fuel at the rate a camel drinks water – the 100hp 1.5-litre diesel is the 208 to go for – it’ll return fuel economy of more than 80mpg.
Peugeot 208 safety
The 208 is available with autonomous driving aids that mean it can drive and steer itself in traffic and on the motorway – it’ll even shove you back into lane if it detects an imminent collision with a car hidden in your blind spot. To that, you can add automatic brakes that work at up to 85mph and detect cars as well as people, auto park and auto-dipping headlights.
The new Peugeot 208 will go on sale soon after its public unveiling at the Geneva motor show in March. Prices will range from around £14,500 for a 75hp manual petrol to £20,000 for a top-of-the-range 130hp petrol automatic.
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