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The Top Gear car review:Peugeot 208
For:Genuine rethink in how you build a small car, the reality almost lives up to the hype
Against:The Fiesta still aces it for on-road dynamics
What is it?
At last, Peugeot looks like it has reignited the supermini magic it once possessed by the bucketload. Replacing the dreary 207 is the crisp 208, its reinvention of the supermini, a car that looks back to the 205 for design cues but also looks forward in finish, engineering and interior features. Mediocre is out, appealingly ambitious is in – with those sharply-cut lines playing a major part in the car’s allure.
Peugeot facelifted it in 2015 with the usual facelift-y stuff: slightly sharper nose, some new engines and revisions for the ones that aren’t new, and a bizarre textured paint option.