Peugeot 208 Active 1.2 PureTech 82 ETG5 S&S

Peugeot 208 Active 1.2 PureTech 82 ETG5 S&S

City Cars

2=. Peugeot 208

Model/Engine size:
Peugeot 208 Active 1.2 PureTech 82 ETG5 S&S
Fuel economy combined:
67.3 mpg
Peugeot 208 Active 1.2 PureTech 82 ETG5 S&S


After years of disappointing hatchbacks the 208 marked a return to form for Peugeot. However the days when mainstream Peugeot’s were so good that they could spontaneously set fire to large fields of maize are now a distant memory. So can the 208 cut it in the most competitive sector of the UK car market?

They say that first impressions count, and the 208 starts off on the right foot. It is a good looking car outside with an interior that strikes a very good balance between Gallic flair and usability. We think it is the best looking supermini inside and out. However much of this is do with the decision to position the instrument binnacle above the very small steering wheel which can lead to a few problems.

Firstly the instrument binnacle is fixed in position whilst the steering column has ample upward adjustment (good thing) which can mean that some people can’t see the instruments (bad thing). The only way to know if this will affect you is to jump in and find out. The second impact is that the small steering wheel makes the steering feel very quick geared. Depending on your view this can make the 208 ‘nervous’ or ‘responsive’. We would go with responsive and you adjust pretty quickly but it is a clear point of differentiation from other supermini’s so make sure you are comfortable with it.

On the move the 208 demonstrates that Peugeot has refound the art of suspension which provides a very good balance of handling and comfort. It isn’t as sharp as the class leading Fiesta but it is better to drive than the remainder of the pack whilst also offering a comfortable ride making it a great all rounder.

To get the best official fuel consumption you need to stick with the lower powered version of the excellent 1.2 litre PureTech engine and select the automated manual gearbox, or ETG5 in Peugeot speak. The gearbox isn’t great so it is worth knowing that a manual option is available and the higher powered 1.2 PureTech engine is also worth a look as it provides more go with only a small increase in fuel consumption.

The 208 delivers style, comfort and an engaging driver experience. With the ETG5 and the 81 bhp engine it isn’t at its best but swapping to a manual solves most of the issues. As ever a test drive is essential to get the right combination for you and to make sure that you can see the instruments!


Fuel economy, extra urban:
72.4 mpg
Fuel economy, urban:
61.4 mpg
CO2 emissions:
97 g/km
First year £125, then £140 per year
965 Kg
BIK Company Car Tax (2018/19):
Insurance group:
81 bhp
Max speed:
111 mph
14.5 seconds
87 lb ft @ 2750 rpm