Peugeot 208: a company car contender

  • We find out if our long-termer stacks up as a company car
  • Low CO2 emissions of 99g/km mean a favourable tax band
  • Powerful diesel and lots of kit make it a competitive option

Fleet sales make up more than a third of the small hatchback market the Peugeot 208 is competing in and the French manufacturer will be hoping its stylish supermini will catch the eye of a few company car drivers.

So this begs the question: would our long-termer 208 make a good choice as a company car? It has a punchy 115bhp 1.6-litre e-HDi diesel engine with low emissions and its ‘Feline’ trim level gives it the most standard equipment of the 208 range.

Standard kit includes comfy cloth and artificial leather seats (the five-door version can be had with half leather trim), a panoramic glass roof with blue ‘ambient lighting’ strips and automatic headlights and wipers. There’s also dual-zone climate control and Bluetooth connectivity.

On the outside there are 17-inch alloy wheels finished in a mixture of aluminium and glossy grey and body-colour heated electric mirrors that fold up automatically when you lock the car.

Ironically, given that the dash-mounted touch screen looks like a sat-nav unit, a navigation system isn’t included as standard. This is an optional upgrade at a cost of £400-£650 depending on which system you go for. Other optional extras available include an alarm, rear parking aid and heated seats. The only option on ‘our’ 208 is metallic paint at a cost of £495.

All that kit does mean that our test car is one of the most expensive 208s in the range. As a three-door version, our Peugeot 208 1.6 e-HDi Feline has a pretty sizeable P11d value of £17,885 (taking into account the extra cost of its metallic paint).

Its CO2 emissions rating is a handy 99g/km, which places the car in the 13 per cent BIK band for the current tax year (taking into account the three per cent surcharge for diesels).  A 20 per cent tax payer would therefore face an annual tax bill of £2,325, which works out at £38.75 a month. For reference, a 208 in the next-level-down Allure trim without options and the smaller, less powerful, 1.4 HDi engine would cost £31.92 a month at 20% tax.

We’d suggest it’s still worth going for the bigger diesel engine as its smooth and quiet power delivery makes it better suited to dual-carriageway cruising than other engine options in the 208 range.

The 1.6-litre 208 can make a decent fist of both urban and motorway driving without feeling strained. Despite its relatively small overall size, the front of the 208’s cabin is comfortable enough and Feline trim includes a decent centre armrest for long-haul motorway journeys.

So for company car drivers after a small hatchback that'll stand out in the car park it's worth putting on your shortlist - it's just a shame the P11D value is so high.

For more advice you can visit the Parkers company car section here.

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