2021 Peugeot 208

Allure trim is our pick, it adds 17in alloys, electric rear windows, dual-zone climate control, privacy glass, automatic wipers and power-folding door mirrors, along with that 3D-style driver display that we mentioned earlier. GT Line adds further cosmetic tweaks inside and out and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, combined with the visibility aids we’ve covered before. The top-spec GT trim can be obtained only with the e-208 electric model, so click the web link to read all about that. Even the least expensive trim level, Active, is fairly well equipped, listing 16in alloy wheels, heated door mirrors, automatic lights, ac and a leather steering wheel among its highlights.

Wireless charging comes as standard from Allure trim, but if your smartphone can’t handle that then the USB connections are plentiful, there are two in the front and front Allure trim you get a further two in the back. There’s just one six-speaker sound system across the range and no option to upgrade, but it offers a good sound in any case. A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system sits atop the 208’s dashboard as 2021 Peugeot 208 standard, which includes DAB radio and Bluetooth, but more importantly Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too. An option is a 10.0-inch version of the same system which also includes a built-in sat-nav.

A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system lies at the centre of all of it as standard, which includes DAB radio and Bluetooth, but most importantly Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too. In both cases, the screen is high res and the menus easier than you think to navigate, although the small on-screen buttons can be hard hitting confidently while driving. An alternative (or standard on GT models) is really a 10.0-inch version of the same system which also incorporates an integral sat-nav. The Peugeot 208 sculpted bonnet, three-claw LED light designs, large chrome-flecked grille and prominent rear piano black trim give it an even more distinctive look than its predecessor, as well its alternatives. Inside, Peugeot things took a step up too, with Peugeot’s now-familiar i-Cockpit dashboard design benefiting from a distinctive step-up in quality.

The latest Peugeot 208, though, is among the good ones, and should definitely be on your own shortlist – particularly if you’re prepared to pay a little more compared to class norm for a properly special interior and a cushty ride. It’s a pretty simple model line up, with four trims an option between three petrol engines. The current model doesn’t just compare well against its mainstream rivals; the more expensive versions in the 208 range are a real option to the Audi A1 and Mini, for many who aren’t overly bothered about reduced badge. There’s also a solitary diesel engine, but the actual headline-grabber is the fully electric e-208.

The Peugeot 208achieved four stars out of five when tested by Euro NCAP. Traffic sign recognition is also standard on all versions, as is lane-keeping assistance. If you drill into the details of the test, it isn’t as good in some areas, such as chest protection and whiplash protection for those in the rear, as rivals such as the Renault Clio. A driver attention alert system is standard from Allure trim up, but the only way to get blindspot monitoring is to go for the electric e-208 in top-of-the-range GT trim. Also, although all models come with a basic form of automatic emergency braking (AEB) as standard.

Entry-level Active models get cloth seats and a leather steering wheel, while Allure models upgrade this to cloth and faux leather. The 2021 Peugeot 208 interior not only looks superb, it is also well built from quality materials. Its infotainment system has all the kit you want, too, although it can be tricky to use. The two-tier, concave dash design is striking, too, plus there are quirky features such as a flip-down smartphone ledge and touch-sensitive buttons for the infotainment and heated seat controls that help make the 208 feel more expensive inside. GT Line models then get a different stitching colour, plus a perforated leather steering wheel, and top-of-the-range GT cars get cloth and Alcantara seats. If you prefer, full leather seats are optional on some models.

Unless you’re doing huge mileage then disregard the diesel and head straight for the 100hp 1.2 petrol, that is punchy, yet smooth and will return a lot more than 50mpg if driven carefully. If you have the budget and the charging, though, the pure-electric e-208 is even punchier around town and more enjoyable because of its silent operation. The 2021 Peugeot 208 comes with the option of three different 1.2-litre petrols, a 1.5 diesel or pure-electric version.

The 127bhp Puretech 130 (available only having an automatic gearbox) adds a lot more pace, however for most it could be an unwanted expense, considering that the 100 is so good. It’s absolutely suitable for propelling you along on A-roads and motorways without any fuss, and is livelier than a Renault Clio or Volkswagen Polo with equivalent power. The Puretech 100 is a relatively strong engine that pulls from low revs and feels gutsy if you work it harder. The lowest priced petrol engine is the 74bhp Puretech 75, but if you’re able to stretch your allowance to the 99bhp Puretech 100, you should have secured the pick of the range.

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