Super-Stylish New Peugeot 208 Supermini – European Car of the Year 2020.

Having won the highly-coveted title of European Car of the Year 2020, the all-new Peugeot 208 supermini has already hit the ground running. Available with a choice of petrol, diesel or electric powertrains, the all-new Peugeot 208 brings to market the latest-generation i-Cockpit and 3D head-up display, together with a range of driving aids usually reserved for much more expensive models. Asserting a youthful, energetic image, the new 208 boasts a sleek, quality design and high-end look that is perfectly in keeping with the Peugeot brand’s upmarket strategy.

Sporty Look & Wide Stance;

The new Peugeot 208 is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor, revealing a distinctive bodyline and clean, taut lines. Wide shaped wings, body curves, a pared-back windscreen and a longer, sculpted bonnet underscore the sporty look, whilst the familiar Peugeot full LED 3-claw headlight signature, dependent on trim, is immediately recognisable. The front bumper contains a perfectly integrated, single outlet radiator grille in the centre, bearing the iconic Peugeot Lion, while the tip of the bonnet shows off the 208 badge for an added dose of exclusivity.

Engines & Transmissions;

The new 208 is available with a choice of 3 petrol engines – a 1.2 litre 75bhp (5-speed manual), 1.2 litre 100bhp (6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic), and a 1.2 litre 130bhp (8-speed automatic), along with a 1.5 BlueHDi turbo-diesel with 100bhp (6-speed manual). Each engine in the new 208 is compliant with the latest stringent EURO 6 emissions controls, and are fitted with stop/start functionality for greater efficiency. Built on Peugeot’s new common modular production platform, CO2 emissions are reduced through weight reduction (30 kg lighter), improved aerodynamics and reduced roll resistance. The platform also provides for greater acoustic and thermal comfort on board, and lower vibration levels.

Specification Levels;

Highly specified trim levels in the new 208 comprise of Active, Allure and GT Line, with a fourth trim level (GT) reserved exclusively for the electric (e-208) model. Standard items across all models include Automatic Emergency Braking, Active Safety Brake (night function, cyclists, pedestrians), Extended Traffic Sign Recognition, manual air-conditioning, electric mirrors (heated), rear parking sensors, push button start, electric front windows, and many more comfort, convenience and safety features.

Energetic Character;

Mirroring the Peugeot 3008, 5008 and new 508 range, the rear end of the new 208 stands out with a black band running the width of the boot lid, linking the 3-claw rear daytime running lights. The rear spoiler is available in a gloss black finish and, depending on the engine variant, may be enhanced by a chrome exhaust tail pipe. In addition to standard body colours and the optional Black Diamond roof, the new Peugeot 208 is on offer with a range of colours to reflect the car’s energetic character – Faro Yellow, triple coat Vertigo Blue, and Elixir Red with an additional topcoat that deepens the colour depth, with many other colour options also available.

New-Generation of Peugeot i-Cockpit®;

The new Peugeot 208 benefits from a new-generation of the ingenious Peugeot i-Cockpit – now an inseparable part of the Peugeot DNA. Depending on the trim, the 3D instrument panel displays information at two levels. On the upper digital pad, information is projected in hologram form, where data is displayed closer or further away from the driver’s eye depending on the function, importance or urgency, thereby increasing reaction responses. Sporting toggle switches, the new 208 is available with a 5, 7 or 10″ touchscreen, depending on trim and options selected. In addition to the door bins and glovebox, there are 3 additional storage areas (depending on version), including a large storage area under the armrest between the front seats, an easy-access tray in front of the gear lever and a clever concealable storage space in the central console that can be used to discreetly and wirelessly charge a smartphone. Boot space is equally impressive, with 311-litres available, but this increases to 1,106-litres when the rear seats are folded. Seat comfort for all occupants of the new 208 is terrific, with an adequate amount of head, leg and elbow room on offer too.

Myriad of Driving Aid Technology;

With Drive Assist, the new Peugeot 208 is forging the way to semi-automatic driving with its latest, best-in-segment generation of driving aids. Dependent on trim chosen, there is a myriad of driving aids, available as standard or as an option; Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Cruise Control Stop & Go, Lane Positioning Assistance, Full Park Assist with Flank-Guard, latest generation Automatic Emergency Brake Assist, Active Lane (or verge) Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Monitoring, Automatic headlight dipping, Speed Limit Recognition and Recommendation, Extended Traffic Sign Recognition (Stop, No Entry signs), Active Blind Spot Monitoring and Electric parking brake.

Test Car;

My eye-catching Faro Yellow test car was a GT-Line 1.2 litre 100bhp manual, which looked terrific with its contrasting black trim on the roof, wheel arches and mirror caps, while sporty two-tone alloy wheels provided even greater visual appeal. The refined petrol engine can propel the car from 0-100km in a spritely 9.9-seconds, while a fuel return of 5.6l/100km is achieveable when the car is driven on a combined driving cycle. Standard GT Line equipment includes key items such as 17” diamond-cut alloy wheels, 180-degree colour reversing camera, full LED headlights with Smartbeam Assist, and an 8-colour personalisationable ambient lighting system for true individuality. My test car performed admirably on a variety of back roads and motorways, with the 100bhp engine pulling strongly from a standing start, while also providing plenty of punch for safe overtaking. A strong brake pedal feel ensures that the new 208 stops confidently, while an intuitive and slick six-speed manual gearbox makes the car very enjoyable to drive. Build quality throughout the new 208 is exceptional, while the car’s striking cabin design provides a real sense of occasion to every journey.

Verdict, Pricing & Warranty;

Overall, the all-new Peugeot 208 is very impressive in every way – from its distinctive and striking good looks, to its comprehensive safety equipment and its technologically-advanced instrument panel. Additionally, the new 208 is terrific to drive, economical and comfortable, while Peugeot’s 5-Year/100,000km warranty comes as standard. The super-stylish 208 is priced from just €18,300 (ex-works) and is available to buy now.

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