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Peugeot 208 Active 1.6 BlueHDI 75 S&S / Allure 1.6 BlueHDI 100 S/S

Peugeot 208 Active 1.6 BlueHDI 75 S&S / Allure 1.6 BlueHDI 100 S/S

Superminis

1. Peugeot 208

Model/Engine size:
Peugeot 208 Active 1.6 BlueHDI 75 S&S / Allure 1.6 BlueHDI 100 S/S
Fuel:
Diesel
Fuel economy combined:
94.2 mpg
Peugeot 208 Active 1.6 BlueHDI 75 S&S / Allure 1.6 BlueHDI 100 S/S

Summary

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 re-found 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.

The 1.6 litre engine is available in a variety of outputs. Both the ’75’ and ‘100’ variants achieve the same official fuel consumption so the decision between the two will come down to budget. The ’75’ (74 bhp) provides adequate go thanks in large to 170 lb ft of torque being on tap and only needing to move 1070 kg of car. If you want a bit more the ‘100’ (98 bhp) lops a useful couple of seconds of the 0-62 mph sprint but it isn’t available in base specification which means you will need to dig deeper than you would expect for your extra 24 bhp.

The 208 delivers style, comfort and an engaging driver experience. As ever with the 208 a test drive is essential to make sure that you can see the instruments!

Read our full Peugeot 208 1.6 BlueHDI 100 review

Specifications

Fuel economy, extra urban:
104.6 mpg
Fuel economy, urban:
78.5 mpg
CO2 emissions:
79 g/km
VED:
First year £125, then £140 per year
Weight:
1070 / 1090 Kg
BIK Company Car Tax (2018/19):
23%
Price:
£16,965 / £18,765
Insurance group:
15 / 20
Power:
74 / 98 bhp
Max speed:
106 / 116 mph
0-62mph:
13.3 / 10.7 seconds
Torque:
170 / 187 lb ft @ 1750 rpm