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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Peugeot 208

Overall verdict
Peugeot has a hit on its hands with the good looking and cheerily willing 208.


Genuine rethink in how you build a small car, the reality almost lives up to the hype


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. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.2 PureTech 130 Allure 5dr EAT8
8.7s 103g/km 129 £21,295
The cheapest
1.2 PureTech Active 5dr
14.9s 94g/km 74 £16,065
The greenest
1.6 BlueHDi 100 Roland Garros 5dr
10.7s 79g/km 94.2 99 £19,955