Peugeot 208: old vs new

The latest Peugeot 208 went on sale in 2019, taking over from its predecessor as Peugeot’s rival to the Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio and SEAT Ibiza. Superminis have universal appeal; they’re good as first cars and are suitable for small families, weekly supermarket trips and people who don’t want or need anything bigger. The introduction of the 208 showed the brand was starting to change and look to the future; the 208 ushered in Peugeot’s i-Cockpit digital instrument cluster, for example. You get notched headlights, chrome detailing, the option of brightly coloured exterior trim and claw-like LED tail-lights, so it could hold its own against its rivals. The ride was quite firm, especially on bigger wheels, and there were a couple of chunky blind spots caused by the thick pillars. Equipment levels are prettygood, though; in later cars, all models got air conditioning, cruise control and a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The design is much more interesting than the interior of the Ford Fiesta, but the infotainment system could be easier touse. Image 9 of 12 If you’re looking at earlier Peugeot 208s, it’s worth remembering that their fuel efficiency figures were based on the NEDC emissions test cycle. According to the new test, the 82bhp and 108bhp petrol enginescould return around 50mpg, while high-mileage drivers should hunt out the 99bhp diesel engine, which claims 67mpg. We’d recommend going for a trim with parking sensors (or speccing them from the optionslist)because the new 208’s small rear windscreen limits visibility. The safety tests get more stringent every year, so it’s a little hard to compare the new car’s four-star score to the old car’s maximum star rating. The SEAT Ibiza and Renault Clio are both more practical and the Ford Fiesta is better to drive, but the 208 is arguably more stylish than any of them. It’s a little improved over the old 208 in every department, and we expect it to appeal to existing Peugeotcustomers and buyers who might never have considered one before.