Hidden gem in new super mini

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Any car enthusiast who knows their stuff will know how significant it is that Peugeot is back in the game with a genuinely good supermini.

The 208 platform just works. Driving position aside, it’s nothing revolutionary, just solid good engineering. There are a number of commendable engines to try but the three-cylinder 1.2-litre VTi engine just has likeability shot straight through it. It’s a fun and infectious little fizzer of a powerplant, not particularly quick but always up for a bit of sport.

Available in both three and five-door guises, the 208 1.2 VTi is available in three trim levels. Choose the Access+ version and you’ll find cruise control, heated door mirrors and air conditioning with a refrigerated glove box.

The Active trim looks good value for money with 15-inch alloy wheels, the multifunction colour touchscreen, Bluetooth and USB connectivity and a split rear bench for added versatility. The Allure gets 16-inch alloys, LED daytime running lights, sports seats, dual zone auto air conditioning, some chrome and leather for the cabin and automatic headlights, dimming mirrors and rain-sensing wipers. On both the latter two trim levels, satellite navigation is an option. This is a small car that is priced well, looks good and is even respectably practical. Ongoing running costs are tiny and equipment levels are good.

All in, the 208 is a hugely pleasant surprise and the 1.2-litre VTi engine the hidden gem. Just go and try it, you’ll see.


CAR: Peugeot 208 1.2 VTi range (right)

PRICES: £11,345-£13,895 – on the road [est]


CO2 EMISSIONS: 104g/km

PERFORMANCE: [1.2 VTi] 0-60mph 12.2s / Max Speed 109mph [est]

FUEL CONSUMPTION: [1.2 VTi] (combined) 51.4mpg

STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: Twin front, side and curtain airbags, anti lock brakes with brake assist, electronic stability control

WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: Length/Width/Height mm 3960/1720/1462.