Peugeot's 208 is one of the most successful small cars in recent years. One could therefore be particularly excited about the new generation. And indeed: the Frenchman made a big leap, above all visually and with the assistants. However, this also has an impact on prices.
We can still remember pretty well: A small car was one of the eye-catchers at the Geneva Motor Show last March. At that time, the new generation of the Peugeot 208 celebrated its world premiere. And what was there in the Palexpo on Lac Léman aroused anticipation. And now the little boy is standing in front of the editorial door - and still looks pretty good.
Where that Sister model Opel Corsa Rather taut lines and slightly undercooled elegance, Peugeot convinces with a chic typical of the new models of the brand. In fact, he even looks a little like a shrunken brother of the mid-range vehicle 508. Yes, you can imagine the beautiful French quite well in the city bustle, for example in Paris. Hopefully the beautiful outer skin will not get any scratches. Whereby "scratches" could actually fit quite well, because the particularly striking, vertical daytime running lights are designed in the so-called "saber-toothed tiger" look. There are three glowing "claws" in the headlight housing. Sounds aggressive, but it's not really - the 208 looks more like a boutique than bought from Globetrotter.
The design of the Peugeot 208
The rear lights take up the claw theme and the black bar between the lamps is reminiscent of the 508. The roof spoiler also provides a further sporty accent. Overall, the Frenchman looks extremely agile and cute thanks to his very short body overhangs.
Peugeot also relies on avant-garde on the inside. The so-called iCockpit is used again, in which one looks at the digital instruments via the flat steering wheel. That may not suit everyone, but overall it is much better for the 208 than for the compact model 308, in the large 508 it looks like a fake. Here in the 208, however, it has a special charm. The GT-Line version supplied to us also includes the largest monitor with 10 inches, on which all information is wonderfully displayed. However, the additional buttons for direct access to radio, air conditioning or navigation systems are difficult to distinguish, especially in the dark, and are also sometimes labeled with very idiosyncratic pictograms. The entire operation requires some training from the 208 owner.
Drive technology of the Peugeot 208
The engine-drive combination, on the other hand, was flawless: the largest of the three 1,2-liter three-cylinder petrol engines was installed in the test car. It delivers a whopping 96 kW / 131 hp and is always supplied with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A nice unit, because the engine develops real power and the comfortable automatic always delivers the right gear. In addition, the unit is acoustically present, but by no means unpleasant. Only when you put a lot of pressure on the engine, for example to test the specified 8,7 seconds for the standard sprint or to reach the promised 208 km / h top speed on the highway, does the unit become a bit jangled. But we are happy to forgive that, because firstly only three cylinders work here, but they are supported in their work by a turbocharger, and secondly the 208 is a small car and not a travel sedan. He also lacks space in the very narrow interior, especially at the back, and the trunk volume is not exactly ample at 265 liters. A short word about consumption: 4,4 liters are promised, 5,8 liters were at the end of the test - that's okay considering the performance.
The prices of the Peugeot 208
A disadvantage of the brilliant duo of engine and transmission is the price: Peugeot calls at least 23.500 euros for this variant. Our test car came in GT line trim and a few additional extras to just under 28.000 euros. That is a bit dizzying despite the fact that it is almost fully equipped. It starts in the price list by the way with already very self-confident 15.500 euros for a 208 smallest petrol engine (75 HP) and in the basic equipment "Like". The same 18.000 with 1,2 HP costs at least 101 euros. And for the sake of completeness, it should also be noted: there is even a diesel, it produces 102 hp and costs from 19.850 euros. And then there is the electric version of the 208, with a range of 340 kilometers and prices starting at 30.450 euros.
Back to our test car, which - although generously motorized - is not a real corner robber. Compared to its sister model, the Opel Corsa, it appears to be significantly less agile in tight bends, but at the same time softer, but unfortunately passes the hardness of the road to the occupants quite unfiltered. The brakes grab vigorously and the small steering wheel allows the Peugeot to steer precisely.
Assistants: The whole package in the Peugeot 208
Of course there is the usual arsenal of assistants today; A fatigue warning, traffic sign recognition, a lane departure warning system with steering intervention and a front collision warning are already included in the cheapest model. In our test car, an automatic speed control with stop + go function and an active blind spot assistant were also installed. As indicated, the equipment in this price category is practically complete. From navigation, automatic climate control, LED headlights and reversing camera to seat heating, tinted windows at the rear, digital radio and parking aids at the front and rear.
With this equipment, the small, charming Frenchman is of course even more fun. But the new 208 also requires compromises, especially in the interior, the operation is sometimes too cumbersome and the prices are high. If you have enough money in your account, don't need a lot of space and want to familiarize yourself with the controls, the 208 is a real option in the currently pretty large range of small cars.
Peugeot 208 GT-Line - Technical Specifications:
Five-door, five-seat small car; Length: 4,06 meters, width: 1,77 meters (width with exterior mirrors: 1,96 meters), height: 1,43 meters, wheelbase: 2,54 meters, trunk volume: 265 - 1.106 liters
1,2-liter three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine; 96 kW / 131 hp, maximum torque: 230 Nm at 1.750 rpm, front-wheel drive, eight-speed automatic, 0-100 km / h: 8,7 s, Vmax: 208 km / h, standard fuel consumption (WLTP converted to NEDC): 4,4 liters / 100 kilometers, CO2 emissions: 103 g / km, emissions standard: Euro 6d-temp, efficiency class: B
Test consumption: 5,8 liters / 100 kilometers
Price (with this motorization): from 23.500 euros
Price of the test car (GT-Line + options): 27.980 euros
Peugeot 208 GT-Line - brief description:
Why: nice design, great engine-gearbox combination, relatively economical
Why not: the chassis is a little too soft, the interior is narrow, operation is sometimes complicated, quite expensive
What else: the sister model Opel Corsa - VW Polo or Hyundai i20 or