- We look at where our test car fits in the 208 range
- Its top equipment level makes it plush but pricey
- The Allure trim could be a good middle ground
Our time with the 208 is nearly up, and I’ll be sad to see it go. Its classy interior and hearty 1.6-litre diesel engine have made it anything but a chore to spend time in over the last few months.
Both the punchy engine and the large dashboard-mounted touchscreen are key parts of our test car’s personality, but they’re not a feature of the 208 range as a whole.
The entry point to 208 ownership, currently priced from a fiver less than £10,000, is the appropriately named Access trim level which is powered by a little 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 67bhp. As well as lacking the pulling power of our car’s big diesel engine, it also comes with a conventional CD radio rather than the tablet-style touchscreen multimedia system, steel wheels with hubcaps and five speeds for its manual gearbox, one less than our car.
Our test car sits right at the other end of the scale in range-topping Feline trim (or rather it used to be range-topping – more on that in a moment) with a panoramic glass roof, leather steering wheel trim, cloth-trimmed sports seats and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Since we took on our long-termer, Peugeot has given the 208’s trims a bit of a reshuffle and its Feline equipment grade is still the range-topper, but is now available for five-door cars only. The new top trim for the three-door 208 is ‘XY’, which includes digital radio, sat-nav and some different exterior and interior trim elements. To complicate matters there’s also a limited-run Intuitive special edition, which includes much of the same kit.
When it first arrived, we asked whether our long-termer’s price of £17,445 could be justified. It’s an awful lot of money for a small hatchback, especially when you consider the pricing of some of its rivals such as the Ford Fiesta.
From behind the wheel, it does feel very much like a premium car, however. The glass roof (available as an option on other trim grades) with its blue ambient lighting strips adds an extra dimension to the cabin and the perforated leather grips on the steering wheel make it a much nicer object to hold than that of other, slightly different 208s I’ve since driven.
The question is whether you’d still get that same level of luxury if you opt for a spec lower down the trim list. Well, the next level below our long-termer is the Allure trim, which has smaller, slightly less eye-catching wheels and chrome mirrors as opposed to body-coloured ones, but the same seats and steering wheel trim, dual-zone air-conditioning and automatic headlights and wipers. It’s currently priced at the best part of £2,000 cheaper than the Feline, which arguably makes it hard to justify the extra expense for the range-topper.
To get the distinctive touchscreen unit the lowest trim you can go for is the Active grade, which is two levels up from the bottom. This also gets 15-inch alloys, front fog lights and Bluetooth connectivity but a less plush interior and no air-con. With the 1.6-litre diesel engine it’s currently priced at a little over £14,000.
If you’ve decided that a 208 is for you, then there’s no doubt that a top trim version like our long-termer does feel that little bit more special – but you’ll have to be happy to shell out a fair bit of cash.
For those looking for the ultimate 208 from a driving fun point of view, the GTi version is the one to go for. We've recently given it the full Parkers review treatment and you can read our thoughts here.
Current mileage: 10,279 miles
Average mpg: 64.8