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Peugeot 208 Review 2021

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  • Launched in 2019
  • Small hatch
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2019
  • Body type
    Small hatch
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Russell Campbell

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Russell Campbell

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Small car with lion's heart

Best bits

  • Great looking inside and out
  • Very comfortable
  • 100PS petrol engine a great all-rounder

Not so great

  • Interior quality better elsewhere
  • Rear seats aren't the most spacious
  • You need to spend big for autonomous driving aids

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Overall verdict

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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict on the Peugeot 208

"You have to go all the way back to the 205 to find a small car Peugeot could genuinely be proud of, but the new Peugeot 208 rights that wrong. From its lion-like exterior (once you see it, you can't unsee it) to its dashing, infotainment-heavy interior, comfortable drive and excellent petrol engines, the 208 is a class act that's well worth consideration if you're looking for a small car."

Peugeot 208 Review 2021 Front View

The Peugeot 208 is indeed supposed to look like a lion, the brand's mascot. Those spiky front LEDs look like the fangs of a yawning big cat against the contrasting large black grille and the 208's feline curves help keep the theme alive. It's just a happy coincidence that the car in our pictures is finished in a shade of yellow that would be ideal camouflage if you were prowling the Sahara. But the design is not it's only standout out feature, as our 2021 Peugeot 208 review will explain. 


There's not much feline-like about the Peugeot 208's interior, well, not unless it's a cyborg cat because the 208's is packed full of infotainment including (on all but the basic model) a digital instrument binnacle that looks cool and is also usefully multifunctional. 


Unfortunately, the cabin style comes from Peugeot's iCockpit school of design which means the dials sit above (not behind) the steering wheel. It looks great but, depending on your body shape, isn't always functional. It can leave important information – like your speed – frustratingly obscured by the steering wheel.


So long as you can see the dials, you should be able to get comfortable in the front seats of the Peugeot 208 but the same is not true in the back. Small rear doors make access a pain, especially if you're trying to fit a child seat, and your taller passengers won't appreciate the lack of legroom – it's one area where the 208 falls behind rivals like the Volkswagen Polo and Hyundai i20


Both those cars also have bigger boots, although the Peugeot has enough room to gobble up a few suitcases. It lacks the good design of the Volkswagen Polo and with the rear seats folded down, the hump left in the floor makes loading cumbersome items tricky. 


Once you're packed and on your way, though, you'll find a rich stream of positives with the Peugeot 208. The 208's suspension soaks up bumps extremely well –  it's something Peugeot used to be famed for but had lost its way on until recently – the comfortable ride makes it a very nice car to while away long journeys in and it's also very quiet.


Much of the credit for that has to go to the 100PS PureTech petrol engine – others are available, but this one's our pick. It has a pleasing growl under acceleration but at a cruise the noise dissolves away and the 100PS model, unlike the 75PS, comes with a six-speed gearbox that makes it a relaxed cruiser.


The same engine is also available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox that's ideal if you do lots of town driving. It shifts gear smoothly and suits the 208's slant towards comfort. It's an expensive option but does open up the opportunity to specify a suite of autonomous driving modes although, it has to be said, all that kit comes as standard on the excellent Toyota Yaris


The Peugeot 208 can't claim to be particularly rewarding when you do the driving. That soft and squidgy suspension translates into significant body lean in corners and the Peugeot doesn't feel as alert as a Ford Fiesta, but then neither does any other small car. 


So is the Peugeot 208 the king of the small car jungle? Well, it depends what you're looking for but for a company that used to be praised for producing small cars bursting with style and panache, the 208 represents a long-awaited return to form. If you like your old Peugeots, you'll love this new one.  


If you're looking for the older version, you need our used Peugeot 208 (2012-2020) review.

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100kW GT 50kWh 5dr Auto

  • 2021
  • 1,268 miles
  • Stoneacre Peugeot Stoke
  • GB, ST15LG
Price:£29,995
PCP: £511.68/mo

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1.2 PureTech 82 Active 5dr

  • 2018
  • 12,497 miles

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  • Stoneacre Mazda Hull
  • Yorkshire, HU91DH
Price:£8,994
PCP: £186.06/mo

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Is the 2021 Peugeot 208 right for you?

The Peugeot 208 is the right car for you if you want a small car that looks brilliant from every angle and has a very stylish interior. It's very comfortable to drive and its 100PS PureTech petrol is a brilliant little engine. It's worth making sure you can get on with the 208's driving position, though, and if you're looking for a small car with as much rear seat space as possible, the Peugeot 208 is not the small car for you. 

What's the best Peugeot 208 model/engine to choose?

You'll see the Peugeot 208 in its best light if you specify it in Allure trim, which is the cheapest route to the fancy digital dashboard that's the perfect addition to the stylish cabin. Allure models also get exterior upgrades that make the most of the car's stylish looks. 


In terms of engines, we'd go for the 100PS PureTech petrol. It's pretty nippy, sounds sporty when you're accelerating, but settles down at a cruise to make the 208 very relaxing on a long journey.  And it does all this while costing buttons to run. 

What other cars are similar to the Peugeot 208?

You have plenty of options. The best all-rounder is the Volkswagen Polo, which is nice to drive as well as comfortable and its spacious interior is posh and well designed. The latest Toyota Yaris is a great shout if you want a car that's relaxing to drive and cheap to run, thanks to its hybrid engine and autonomous driving aids, while the Ford Fiesta is the car to buy if you enjoy doing the driving. 

Its fellow French hatchback, the Renault Clio is another strong choice and don't look past the excellent Hyundai i20 which has a five year warranty. We'd also suggest checking out the much improved latest Vauxhall Corsa.

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Peugeot 208 Review 2021 Front Interior

On the inside

Peugeot 208 Review 2021 Back View

Driving

Peugeot 208 Review 2021 Back View

How much does it cost to run

Peugeot 208 Review 2021 Right View

Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Peugeot 208 a good car?

The Peugeot 208 is a good car. If you're looking for a small car that's stylish, cheap to run and very comfortable, it should be at the very top of your list.

Russell Campbell

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How much is a new Peugeot 208?

Prices for the new Peugeot 208 range from £17,000 for an active model with a 100PS engine to £24,000 for the 130PS petrol in top-of-the-range 208 GT Line trim.

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Where is the Peugeot 208 manufactured?

The Peugeot 208 is manufactured in a number of places including Slovakia (Trnava plant), Morocco (Kenitra) and Argentina (El Palomar).

David Ross

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