Peugeot 208

Peugeot 208 Parkers 2015-07-07

Cars seem to get bigger and heavier with each generation in order to keep up with customer demand for more interior space and equipment. 

  • Peugeot 208 GTi (12 on)

Cars seem to get bigger and heavier with each generation in order to keep up with customer demand for more interior space and equipment. 

However, when the Peugeot 208 hit our streets in 2012 it was a shadow of its 207 predecessor’s size and bulk. 

Sporting a sharp new interior complete with high set dials and a tiny steering wheel, and an eye-catching exterior design that demands a second or even third glance, the 208 looks like the perfect antidote to some of Peugeot’s more forgettable former offerings.

That weight reduction and a neutral balance of grip means the 208 is superior to the car it replaces in the handling department, but still lags behind some of the competition such as the Ford Fiesta and the Suzuki Swift. The steering is quick, if a bit numb, making it a great companion around town and fun out on a twisty B-road. 

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Most Popular New and Used Model Reviews

Peugeot 208 Hatchback 2012 on

3.5 out of 5
Peugeot 208 Hatchback 2012 on

New price range:
£14,654 - £18,614

Used price range:
£2,522 - £13,572

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Low emissions
  • Stylish looks and interior
  • Comfortable around town
  • Semi-automatic transmission is jerky
  • Stingy entry level model
  • Unsettled ride

Peugeot 208 GTi 2012 on

4 out of 5
Peugeot 208 GTi 2012 on

New price range:
£18,970 - £23,729

Used price range:
£5,455 - £16,272

  • Legendary badge returns
  • Superb ride quality
  • Composed handling
  • 30th Edition great fun
  • Standard GTi too soft for some
  • Subtle looks with fussy detailing
  • Driving position not universally liked

Peugeot 208 Competitors

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

Renault Clio

Renault Clio