The Peugeot 208 is a generalist B-segment utility vehicle, manufactured by Peugeot since 2012 as a replacement for the Peugeot 207. The second generation, introduced in 2019, is currently being marketed. The Peugeot 208 is characterized by being a newly developed model compared to its predecessor, which is not sold with a three-door body and has a 100% electric version available, called Peugeot e-208. The Peugeot 208 is manufactured in France at the Mulhouse and Poissy plants. The price of the Peugeot 208 starts from figures close to 14,000 euros.
Among the small and economic utility vehicles that aspire to rival the Peugeot 208 we find other urban of its class, among which the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i20, Opel Corsa, Renault Clio, SEAT Ibiza or Volkswagen Polo.
Peugeot 208 exterior and interior design
The second generation Peugeot 208 is built on the modular CMP platform, which it shares with cars such as the DS 3 Crossback or the Opel Corsa. It is a car longer and wider than the previous Peugeot 208, with a more aggressive and stylized design. Its aesthetics and design language are inspired by the Peugeot 508. The front is presided over by two eye-catching optics and a daytime LED signature that resembles the fangs of a feline. At the back there are LED optics joined by a dark-colored bar.
The GT Line versions take their visual aggressiveness a step further. Its interior is inspired by other cars of the brand and has won in both visual packaging and qualities. It retains the i-Cockpit of the previous Peugeot 208 as a sign of identity, adding to the equation a completely digital instrumentation. Its infotainment equipment is available in 5, 7 or 10 inch sizes. It is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Versions of the Peugeot 208
Although the range is poorly profiled at the moment, the Peugeot 208 will be offered in five-door versions only. They will be available in different finishes and equipment levels, including a sportier-looking GT Line version. A 100% electric version, called e-208, will coexist with the internal combustion 208. The appearance of this version is quite similar to the rest of 208 – a movement contrary to what is stiff in the market, and would seek to standardize the appearance of electric cars.
Peugeot 208 engines
The Peugeot 208 is available at launch with three three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engines. They all comply with Euro 6D anti-pollution regulations. The first is an atmospheric 1.2 with 75 bhp, followed by two turbocharged versions, with 100 bhp and 130 bhp. The two most powerful PureTech models are available with an eight-speed EAT8 automatic transmission. Finally, there is a 100 hp diesel engine, a 1.5 liter BlueHDi and very low fuel consumption.
Peugeot e-208, the 100% electric version
Since its launch, the Peugeot 208 has been available with a 100% electric version. This version is called e-208 and has a 136 hp engine, combined with a 50 kWh battery capacity. It homologates a WLTP range of 340 km, one of the largest in small cars – even higher than that of Renault Zoe. On paper, it will be able to make the 0 to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds, a good figure. Peugeot will offer an 8-year or 160,000 kilometer warranty on its battery, and will replace it if it drops below 70% of its original charge level.
Aesthetically it is very similar to the rest of the Peugeot 208, with slight changes to its grille and bumper, as well as an interior with some specific details.
Heir to a long history of small cars
The Peugeot 208 is the direct heir of the Peugeot 205, a classic of the ’80s that popularized not only the brand in our country but also the concept of GTI. Throughout these years, the 205 has been growing and modernizing through the models 206 and 207, arriving now at the Peugeot 208,which is going for its second generation.