D he new Peugeot 208 has a completely new outfit. The almost childlike curves of the predecessor give way to a crisp edge look. The body looks more elongated, the front more beefy than before. The narrower headlights have been moved closer to the grill, underneath are daytime running lights like those on the Peugeot 508. The rear has also been significantly revised and now resembles other models such as the 508 or 3008 with the black trim between the taillights with claw graphics. The black wheel arches of the GT and GT Line equipment lines are striking. At the start of orders on June 17, the 208 will also be available as an electric version in addition to a petrol and diesel engine. With its small car, Peugeot not only competes with the Polo and Fiesta, but also with the Renault Zoe. Peugeot calls 15,490 euros as the base price for the 208. The electric version e-208 can be ordered from 30,450 euros. Deliveries of the new 208 models will start at the end of the year.
Peugeot 208 only as a four-door model
But let's start with the practical: The Peugeot 208 is also growing in size, he says in length by five centimeters to 4.02 meters - the wheelbase also grows, giving the rear passengers more space. Speaking of the back. The 208 is only available as a four-door model, the two-door model will no longer be available. Like the DS 3 Crossback and the upcoming Opel Corsa and the Opel Mokka X, the 208 is also based on the CMP (Common Modular Platform) platform of the PSA Group. The platform is around 30 kilograms lighter than the one previously used and has better noise insulation. Components with lower friction should also help save fuel. The trunk volume specifies Peugeot with 270 liters. That is in the class average between Renault Clio (230 liters) and Seat Ibiza (335 liters). Incidentally, the space available for the combustion and electric versions should be the same.
Engines from 75 to 136 HP
Under the hood, the 208 is used from the PSA unit shelf. The turbo three-cylinder makes 70, 100 and 130 hp as a gasoline engine. The PSA diesel with a displacement of 1.5 liters and 100 hp has exhaust gas cleaning with Adblue injection and SCR catalytic converter. The more powerful petrol engines are available with an eight-speed automatic. The top version of the series, the 208 GTi, draws 220 hp from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo. Like the DS 3 Crossback, the 208 is also available as an E version. The pure electric version comes with a 136 hp electric motor and a 50 kWh battery as well as a WLTP range of 340 kilometersMarket.
New i-Cockpit with 3D optics
With the new 208, the 3D version of the i-Cockpit has its premiere. The next version of Peugeot's own arrangement of steering wheel and speedometer gets an instrument screen with hologram optics. The displays are no longer as clear as they were in the 205 - those who want classic pointer instruments can still get them in the three lines Life, Active and Allure. As with the 308, the needles of the speedometer and tachometer move in opposite directions. That looks interesting, but doesn't bother us, as we know from the 308. The i-Cockpit requires more getting used to - and not just because of the low-mounted steering wheel that is flattened at the top and bottom, which other Peugeot also have and which some drivers appreciate. No, it just takes a while to understand the display and the setting options. Depending on the equipment, the screen on the center console has a diagonal of 5 inches, 7 inches or 10 inches. The speedometer display has a diagonal of 10 inches.
Fully automatic parking
Peugeot offers the center console in two versions: The basic models have a low console and a mechanical handbrake. From Allure, a high console comes into the car, the parking brake is operated electrically via a switch. The GT and GT Line also have LED headlights as standard. The range of assistance systems ranges from cruise control with stop & go function to lane departure warning and blind spot warning systems to fully automatic parking assistance, which, in conjunction with the automatic transmission, not only controls the steering, but also the accelerator and brake.