Win­ning tweak?

Takes out Peu­geot’s up­dated 208 su­per­mini. The French firm has tweaked the car’s ex­te­rior, added some welcome ex­tra kit and re­freshed its en­gine line-up.

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The 208 is a big deal for Peu­geot. As su­per­mi­nis go the small car sells well and is a pop­u­lar, eco­nom­i­cal car to own. It’s not alone in the mar­ket, how­ever, and this re­fresh has been de­signed to boost the car’s ap­peal, its green cre­den­tials and take the fight to the likes of the Mini and Citroen’s DS3.

The car has ben­e­fited from a mod­est nose and tail re­fresh, while all bar the base model gain a colour touch­screen giv­ing ac­cess to the main en­ter­tain­ment, nav­i­ga­tion and ven­ti­la­tion fea­tures.

Looks and im­age

Looks are ev­ery­thing in the in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive su­per­mini mar­ket. Fol­low­ing the trend for per­son­al­i­sa­tion and the de­sire to fo­cus harder on younger buy­ers, the fresh­ened-up 208 cer­tainly looks the part and can be bought with a few choice ex­tras in a bid to dif­fer­en­ti­ate it from the next one.

Space and prac­ti­cal­ity

With Peu­geot’s re­fresh of the 208 fo­cus­ing on ex­te­rior de­sign and up­dated en­gines, the car’s cabin re­mains es­sen­tially un­changed.

In three-door guise the car of­fers a good bal­ance of space and prac­ti­cal­ity if you don’t plan on us­ing the rear seats much, with the five-door car that bit more ver­sa­tile and a bet­ter choice as a starter fam­ily car.

Fold­ing rear seats, gen­er­ous odd­ment stor­age and a city park­ing space-friendly foot­print com­plete the 208’s tal­ents.

Be­hind the wheel

Peu­geot’s rep­u­ta­tion for de­liv­er­ing en­gag­ing cars re­mains in­tact with the 208.

At a ba­sic level the car feels more ag­ile and will­ing than many ri­vals, and the de­ci­sion to fit a smaller steer­ing wheel goes some way to trick­ing you into think­ing you’re driv­ing a rac­ing car not a su­per­mini.

All en­gines are EU6 rated, while a sub 80g/km CO2 diesel has been in­tro­duced along­side a new three-cylin­der 1.2-litre petrol mo­tor.

Value for money

The 208 has al­ways been an ap­peal­ing and fi­nan­cially sound choice, and this has been made more so with the in­clu­sion of en­hanced per­son­al­i­sa­tion op­tions, the range-wide EU6 en­gine up­date and the new low CO2 diesel vari­ant.

The gen­eral up­lift in stan­dard kit is also welcome, and re­duces the temp­ta­tion to browse the cost op­tions list.

Who would buy one?

Peu­geot’s 208 is most def­i­nitely not a Mini, and for many peo­ple that’s rea­son enough to con­sider the com­pact French hatch.

If you’re not a fan of BMW’s finest then the 208 of­fers a com­pa­ra­ble ex­pe­ri­ence from be­hind the wheel, en­sur­ing keen driv­ers can en­joy them­selves.

For ev­ery­one else, the 208’s bold looks, ac­com­mo­dat­ing cabin and af­ford­able own­er­ship propo­si­tion po­si­tion it high up within the su­per­mini sec­tor.

Price: £16,095 En­gine: 1.2-litre petrol unit pro­duc­ing 108bhp Trans­mis­sion: Fivespeed man­ual driv­ing the front wheels Per­for­mance: Top speed 118mph, 0-62mph in 9.6 sec­onds Econ­omy: 62.8mpg com­bined Emis­sions: 103g/km of CO2

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