Voted the 2020 European Car of the Year, the Peugeot 208 can seat up to 5 people and features the very latest in Peugeot technology.
The Peugeot 208 is currently on Motability scheme, as are plenty of other Peugeot cars. As a sturdy and reliable car, the 208 is a great choice for people who are looking for their new car.
The Peugeot 208 is a relatively new model. It is a five seat city car, which boasts a slightly sporty aesthetic. It has some incredible features which makes this a modern choice for drivers. The all-new PEUGEOT 208 benefits from the new modular and multi-energy CMP/ eCMP platform. The Peugeot 208 won the title of Car of the Year in Europe 2020 by a large margin from the competition, so it’s safe to say this is a car to prioritise on your list.
The new Peugeot 208 sits on a completely new platform (EMP1) pre-designed to fit both traditional propulsion units (petrol, diesel) and a full electric propulsion unit.
The new generation is 7 cm longer than its predecessor and 4 cm shorter than it, when the width is similar and the wheelbase is the same as the outgoing generation.
The range of engines is quite wide. Next to a diesel engine (1.5 L, 100 hp) is the familiar 1.2 L petrol engine offered in three power levels. One atmospheric version (75 hp) along with two supercharged versions - 100 or 130 hp.
This is the first generation Peugeot 208 offered in any electric version; so this is something to consider if you want to look at your options for switching. It offers 136 hp and a maximum driving range of 340 km thanks to a 50 kilowatt-hour battery. There is a possibility for fast charging at a rate of up to 100 kilowatts.
The range of safety systems is wide and includes an autonomous braking system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure correction and more. For the first time in the model there is a digital dashboard with a three-dimensional display. It makes driving easy for Motability drivers, because of its speed, control and agility.
Design and presence
The new 208 has a bold, striking and even exciting design. The rear lighting units are impressive. Gold/yellow is one of the prominent body colours that you will find on the Peugeot and is both head turning and improves visibility on the road.
The driver environment presents the latest interpretation of the manufacturer's "i-cockpit" philosophy. It is divided into several levels, and here too the steering wheel is placed low, with the indicators above it. The handsome digital dashboard and the multimedia screen at the top of the console. The driving position is good, easy to switch around and the seats are comfortable. It allows maximum visibility and comfort which is most likely of utmost importance when searching for your Motability car. Although it is a smaller car, it may not have huge quantities of space, but it feels compact and secure. The boot offers a reasonable volume for the category (311 litres) which is good for storing your belongings.
The 1.2-litre engine (130 hp) offers very good performance. The accelerations are impressive and it pushes resolutely even at faster detours. The gearbox usually operates smoothly and pleasantly. Fuel consumption during the road test was 13.5 km per litre. The electric version (136 hp) has a very nice performance, this is especially impressive in the immediate intermediate accelerations. The 'Sport' mode brings even faster and more impressive responses. The sport mode allows for smoother rides and easy driving; something that would probably be on the top of the list for a motability car.
The strenuous road test recorded a driving range of about 260 km, more routine driving results in a realistic range of around 300 km. The suspension in the GT-Line finish level is calibrated on the rigid side, and despite this the 208 is surprising with good ride comfort, thanks to good restraint and quality brake work. Overall a reliable and secure car, with a great look!