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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Five-star rating from Euro NCAP
  • Decent levels of standard safety kit
  • Autonomous emergency braking is extra, though

In crash tests by independent safety body Euro NCAP, the Peugeot 208 achieved five stars with positive overall feedback. It’s also worth pointing out this test was conducted in 2012 and the safety standards of superminis has continued to improve since then.

The 208’s safety kit list includes six airbags (two up-front, a pair at the sides and two curtain types) plus two Isofix child seat fixings with three-point attachments in the rear seat.

All 208s feature electronic stability control with anti-skid, electronic brake force distribution, and cornering brake control. The stability system also includes hill start assist, which helps prevent you rolling backwards, and traction control.

Frustratingly you have to pay extra for Active City Brake – Peugeot’s name for its autonomous emergency braking system – as well as the Connect SOS and Assistance system. This automatically contacts the appropriate emergency services in the event of an accident. The system is triggered by airbag deployment and the exact location of the stricken vehicle can be pinpointed by emergency crews.

  • Compact exterior; roomy interior
  • Boot space suffers compared with larger rivals
  • Lack of storage space for odds and ends

Compared with its 207 predecessor, the Peugeot 208 is more spacious and practical, despite its length and height being reduced but 7cm and 1cm respectively.

By making the packaging more efficient, there’s more space on board, allowing four six-foot tall adults to be accommodated easily – providing the headroom-robbing Cielo glass roof isn’t specified.

The front feels especially roomy, in large part because of how the dashboard in front of the passenger is scalloped away.

Given the minimalist look of the 208’s cabin, storage for odds and ends isn’t great and right-hand drive cars have a pathetically small glovebox due to the fusebox taking up about half of its potential volume.

The 208 is a doddle to drive around urban areas thanks to its diminutive dimensions, aided on higher spec models with rear parking sensors.

For an extra fee you can also specify a self-parking function but it’s very easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces anyway.

With the rear seats in place boot space is pegged at 285 litres, increasing to 1,152 litres with the rear seats folded over. You can’t access the release levers to fold the seatbacks from the boot, which makes performing the task irksome on three-door 208s. Be aware the seat doesn’t fold completely flat.

In later years all 208s had a 60:40 split rear seat as standard but this wasn’t the case on early lower-spec models.

It’s not the widest of boot openings either, plus the design means the tail lights encroach into the width of the opening – a point for form over function there.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Peugeot 208 Hatchback (12-19).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Access equipment

Access standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels
Access optional equipment
None available

Access A/C equipment

Access A/C standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels
Access A/C optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Space saver spare wheel

Access+ equipment

Access+ standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels
Access+ optional equipment
None available

Active equipment

Active standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Service indicator
Active optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Allure equipment

Allure standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Service indicator
Allure optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Allure Premium equipment

Allure Premium standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
Allure Premium optional equipment
  • CD
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Allure Prestige equipment

Allure Prestige standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
Allure Prestige optional equipment
  • CD
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Service indicator
Black Edition optional equipment
None available

Design Lime equipment

Design Lime standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Service indicator
Design Lime optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • CD
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Design Menthol equipment

Design Menthol standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Service indicator
Design Menthol optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • CD
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Feline equipment

Feline standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Feline optional equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

GT Line equipment

GT Line standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
GT Line optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

Ice Velvet equipment

Ice Velvet standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Ice Velvet optional equipment
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel

Intuitive equipment

Intuitive standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Intuitive optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel

Roland Garros equipment

Roland Garros standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Roland Garros optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel

Signature equipment

Signature standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
Signature optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Space saver spare wheel

Style equipment

Style standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Style optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • CD
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Tech Edition equipment

Tech Edition standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Tech Edition optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Space saver spare wheel

XS-Lime equipment

XS-Lime standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Service indicator
XS-Lime optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • CD
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

XS-White equipment

XS-White standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Service indicator
XS-White optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • CD
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

XY equipment

XY standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
XY optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Peugeot 208 Hatchback (12-19) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2012
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 88%
Child Occupant: 78%
Vulnerable Road Users: 61%
Safety Assist: 83%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.