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Geneva 2015: Peugeot

  • Peugeot's Fiesta rival given overhaul
  • Highlights include super-high fuel economy
  • Special edition GTI now available 

Cars on show: facelifted 208 

Refresh for Peugeot’s 208 range

Three years after its debut, Peugeot’s chosen Geneva to showcase the facelifted 208 range of small hatchbacks, although it is a subtle one to freshen up its general appearance.

Up front, a wider new grille extends deeper down into a reshaped bumper, which is mirrored by a similar one at the back. Lights front and rear have also been modified with a two tone finish and different patterns for the LED elements within them.

Inside there are fewer changes although the 208 is now available with technology such as emergency city braking and a reversing camera.

Bigger news is the revised engine line-up which is cleaner and more efficient than before, with two versions of the 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel range claiming 94.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 79g/km.

Fans of sportier Peugeots will also be pleased that the revised underpinnings of the limited edition 30th Anniversary GTi have now joined the standard range under the new name of 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport.

How did we rate Peugeot’s 208 hatchback and sportier 208 GTi ranges?

Worth the wait?

Peugeot’s 208 had fallen a little behind the high benchmarks set by the likes of Ford’s Fiesta, Skoda’s Fabia and Vauxhall’s refreshed Corsa – those efficient new engines and the GTi by Peugeot Sport’s improved handling, could bring them back to the forefront.