Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 9.5 - 12.6 mpp
Diesel engines 12.3 - 14.1 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 44.3 - 58.9 mpg
Diesel engines 60.8 - 70.0 mpg
  • Light and efficient, great economy
  • Frugal diesel is the best performer
  • Least powerful petrol not far behind

Like all new cars the Peugeot 208 has been developed to limit the amount of CO2 it produces – to this end it is lighter than the model it replaces and has better aerodynamic properties too. As a result the fuel economy figures claimed by the French manufacturer are very positive – the best performer being the 1.5-litre diesel with between 60.8-71.4mpg and 84-92g/km of CO2.

Even the petrols are good in this respect. The lowest powered 1.2-litre unit with 75hp comes in at 46.7-53.6mpg and 93-98g/km of CO2. This dips to 46.6-53mpg and 96-102g/km for the manual 100hp version, and 44.3-50.3mpg and 97-104g/km for the auto. That’s broadly what you get from the 130hp auto – 46-51.9mpg and 101-108g/km.

As far as other running costs go we wouldn’t expect the diminutive 208 to be particularly costly to run – although all the cars we drove on the launch were fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres, which won’t be cheap to replace like-for-like.

Reliability

  • Tried and tested engines
  • Active trim is low tech
  • Neatly assembled interior

As with all new cars it’s hard to say for certain on this subject whether the Peugeot 208 will be reliable or not, however, the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines are both tried and tested elsewhere in the range. PSA's reliability record these days is vastly improved from, say, 10 years ago – and the 208 should prove reliable in a way that no 206 or 207 owners would be able to relate to.

The Active trim with its analogue dials is probably the place to head if you’re at all concerned about the longevity of the 208’s interior tech. Otherwise though this hatchback feels well assembled and uses harder plastic trims in areas of high wear, so we don’t think you’ll have anything to worry about in the cabin.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150
Insurance group 12 - 25
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