The successor to Peugeot’s 207 super-mini the 208, has arrived in Ireland with prices commencing from €14,495 for the entry-level 1.0-litre petrol model. It’s a stylish new car from the French manufacturer, and boasts a new floating grille, new headlights and rear boomerang tail lights. It’s slightly smaller (7cm shorter and 1cm lower) than its predecessor, yet offers increased interior room with an additional 5cm rear passenger legroom. The 208 is available as a three-door and five-door hatchback across three trim specifications, Access, Active and Allure. The standard level of equipment is sufficient and includes ESP, cruise control, multi-function steering wheel and daytime running lights amongst others. Progress to the Active model and you’ll gain items such as 15” alloys, a 7” multi-function colour touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, front fog lights and air conditioning. The top spec Allure model boasts LED daytime running lights, a leather steering wheel, auto lights and wipers, 16” alloys and a full-size alloy spare wheel.
Powering the new 208 is a range of petrol and diesel engines. The 1.0-litre petrol engine produces 68hp whilst the 1.2-litre offers 82hp. There is also a 1.4-litre HDi diesel variant which has 68hp and a 1.4-litre eHDi diesel offering 68hp also but produces less CO2 emissions. All models are seated in tax band A, with €160 annual road tax. We drove the Peugeot 208 in April at its International Launch in Majorca, you can read what we had to say here: http://auditbg.info/we-drive-the-new-peugeot-208/