Peugeot 208 takes on the Ford Fiesta
Will the 208 be a new Ford-worrier?
Posted: 02 Oct 2012
With a smaller petrol engine, each would be cheaper. But having a decent diesel adds to a supermini's repertoire. Rather than being solely suited to zippy town work, both of these cars can hoover up longer journeys without being bullied out of the fast lane. Both pull strongly at motorway speeds, feeling easygoing and just torquey enough, even uphill. But the Fiesta manages better economy, even with an extra bloke and much equipment on board. We'll put that down to the Econetic tech (less friction, stop/start). Even so, on this test - a trip from London to Liverpool and back - both did over 500 miles on a tank, sitting just either side of 50mpg. That's some way off the official claims of mid-to-high 70s, but we drove like normal humans, not the lab-bots who test the official cycles.