Subjectively, the 208 lags behind its mainstream competition by a significant distance. But thanks mainly to the three-cylinder engine, Peugeot has a statistical foundation on which to plant its price flag.
The 118bhp 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel model is our pick of the range, because it comes with a six-speed gearbox and returns fuel economy of 78.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 94g/km. This version can’t match the low running costs of some rivals, but it makes up for that by offering extra performance. That’s something you’ll appreciate when you pull out to overtake a lorry on a busy A-road.