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Peugeot 208 ALLURE 1.2 VTi

Peugeot 208 ALLURE 1.2 VTi Review and Road Test

I am French and with that it is highly unlikely you’ll go through life without experiencing having a Peugeot as a family car. In fact we liked them so much that we had two, the 405 and then the 605. My English aunt had the 205 GTI and my French grandmother had the 205, 206 and 107. So let’s just say I’ve been around a fair few of them.

The 208 replaced the 207 in 2012 and has become quite a success for the French brand, following on from their previous iconic models.

Peugeot 208 Exterior and Interior

First thoughts on seeing the car it has futuristic elements about it; splashes of chrome adorn the door mirrors, the exhaust and the rear, while Peugeot have made the grille to look like it’s floating. Finish it with LED daytime running lights and the 208 is a very stylish car.

The same can be said for the interior, helped by an enormous ‘Cielo’ glass panoramic roof making the car feel so spacious and light. It is such a great detail, as so often you can feel quite claustrophobic when driving smaller cars. But to see the sky is an option at £400.

What is noticeably different about the 208 is the small steering wheel, something everybody that drives it seems to comment on. Could this be an illusion to make the cabin look so spacious?

The futuristic theme continues with elevated dials having a blue light protruding from underneath, the digital speedo and chrome also on the leather steering wheel.

A 7” colour touch screen dominates the centre console and is easy to use for the navigation, trip computer and media. But it is disappointing that there is no CD player. I know nowadays people hook up their iPods and phones through a USB, but CD’s aren’t quite defunct yet.

The leather interior sports seats were really comfortable, there is great all-round vision and the 208 won’t disappoint when driving.

Boot space is 311 litres and 1152 litres when the rear seats are folded so more than enough room for the Supermini.

Peugeot 208 Driving Capabilities and Engine

The 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine produces 82 bhp and goes from 0-62mph in 12.2 seconds. It’s quite sluggish in first gear when you need a burst of acceleration, but once you’re moving it shifts through the gears seamlessly using 5-speed manual transmission. It is ideal for motorway cruising although the engine can be noisy at times.

Steering is light, but doesn’t give you much confidence when throwing it into a corner. The suspension struggles especially on road surfaces that aren’t the best and so the ride is quite unforgiving.

With additions such as a Stop & Start system and the reduced weight compared to the 207, it produces a combined 62.8mpg fuel economy and has C02 emissions of 104g/km so falls in tax band B. This makes it good value to run.

The Peugeot 208 got an overall 5 stars in the Euro NCAP rating so it’s equipped with plenty of air bags for both driver and passengers, making it an extremely safety conscious car.

This version was priced a £13,495 but with options such as a Rear Parking Aid at £340, the colour touchscreen priced at £400 and electric folding door mirrors at £100 costs can mount up. The entry level 1.0-litre VTi costs from £9,995.

Compare this to a Ford Fiesta or a Volkswagen Polo and it does edge them slightly in looks. If you fancy it with a bit more poke, then look forward to the GTi version available in April.