The UB segment of small town compacts has never been more choice, but it has never been more difficult for these cars to reach customers. With a handful of equally compact and attractive crossovers, the small compacts seem to have exhausted all the tricks up their sleeves. Peugeot would disagree. At the world premiere in Portugal, we tried the all-new Peugeot 208, which managed to be impossible, to be completely original, practical and attractive, while also offering the feel of a premium car.
Always windy but very sunny Lisbon this year seems to be a very popular destination for car makers. Having made the first miles here of a fifth-generation Renault Clio here earlier this year, we have now traveled around Lisbon in its direct rival, the all-new Peugeot 208. Great roads, warm weather and the aesthetics of the “little Lion”, which perfectly matches the cradle of the Fado. they revealed why Peugeot has big ambitions with the new 208.
Peugeot has really put a lot of effort into developing the new 208, and while the design of the new 208 may be the thing that catches your attention, the fact is that it brings even more novelty under the body. Specifically, Peugeot is aware that the concept of buying and owning a car is changing, just as the way energy is used is changing. Simply, Peugeot wants the new 208 to show that the shape of the car itself does not dictate its capabilities and usage. So from the start, you can get the Peugeot 208 with three types of powertrains, gasoline, diesel and fully electric. We tried all three.
Design worthy of brand style and higher class
Longer, wider and lower than the current Peugeot 208, the new generation reveals a distinctive body shape that recalls even its predecessors like the legendary 205, but also clearly emphasizes the sporty stance with its clean, tight lines. The first look at the 208 live highlighted the curves of the wide fenders and hips, while the overall body circumference was particularly prominent when looking at the rear.
When viewed from the side, the new Peugeot 208 reveals an interesting windshield position that allows room for a longer and more heavily shaped bonnet. To emphasize the sporty look, the exterior contours of the headlights and taillights follow the shape of the fender. Also, the sports versions of the GT Line and GT have glossy onions on the fender rims that emphasize the sporty look, which makes the wheels and fenders visually even bigger. On these premium versions, the 17-inch rims have special inserts that not only look good, but also reduce air resistance, but also reduce suspension by about 3.6 pounds.
Still, the most striking element of the new 208 is certainly the front end, which brings the look of Peugeot’s big models to the class of city minions. Immediately recognizable, the design is a thoughtful mix of already familiar elements such as the striking LED lights with three “claws” and the powerfully prominent bezel that now goes the full height of the front.
As a continuation of the story started by Peugeot 3008, 5008 and 508, the back of the new Peugeot 208 stands out with a black bar that goes across the width of the boot lid, connecting the lights with 3 claws. Depending on the version, the 208 back can also come with an attractive air diffuser and a well-fitted chrome exhaust pipe.
The evolution of the i-Cockpit and the complete originality of the interior
Inspired by the Peugeot FRACTAL concept car, the new Peugeot 208 also arrives with a new generation of Peugeot i-Cockpit that has become an integral part of Peugeot’s DNA. Although this unusual and original cockpit solution was very challenging to fit into the very compact interior of the 208, the Peugeot i-Cockpit on the new 208 has the same seamless 3-layer ergonomic structure as on other models of this brand.
When first sitting down and getting used to this particular driving environment, we noticed that Peugeot has really put a lot of effort into the evolution of the i-Cockpit and that all the information is easy to see, carefully placed in the driver’s field of view. Clearly, a lot still depends on the driver’s position and height, but it is now far easier to find a good position behind the steering wheel and also have good visibility of the instruments above the steering wheel.
Depending on the specification, the Peugeot i-Cockpit 3D instrument panel displays information that can be read on two levels. In the upper digital panel, information is projected in hologram form. The data is dynamic and displayed closer or further to the driver’s eye as a matter of importance or urgency, thus increasing reactivity by about half a second. As this was our first contact with the 3D version of the i-Cockpit, we have to admit that the driver gets used to this arrangement of information really quickly and that the depth given by the 3D view excels at information that is more important to the driver. Above the folding switches in the center, the touch screen is available in 5, 7 or 10 inch versions, again depending on the specification and level of equipment.
What is particularly comfortable about the interior of the new Peugeot 208 is the fact that all the materials used are reasonably comfortable to touch, gaps and alignments are minimal and tactile or physical controls are very cleverly positioned. The upper part of the dashboard, which is made of very soft plastic, is particularly impressive, while the central carbon fiber pattern insert is of the same quality and softness as in the much larger and more expensive Peugeot 508.
Offering space, the Peugeot 208 is not among the class recorders, but still offers very comfortable accommodation for four people. Even back passengers have plenty of head and legroom, while the 311-liter boot meets the expectations of this class. This volume can be increased by a whopping 95 liters if you choose to have a tire repair kit with you instead of a spare wheel. In this case, the total volume increases to a total of 406 liters, which is worthy of even larger compacts. In addition to the space itself and the boot, a lot of attention has been paid to the proportions and layout of the new Peugeot 208 storage areas. In addition to the door compartments and glove compartment, there are 3 additional storage compartments such as a large storage compartment beneath the armrests between the front seats. the easily accessible open compartment in front of the gear lever and the smart storage space in the center console can be used for discreet induction charging of the smartphone. Also, the back of the center console lid is designed to accommodate the smartphone.
Excellent range of modern engines, with the addition of electric The
new Peugeot 208 offers a great selection of modern petrol engines that meet the Euro 6.d environmental standard, and although diesel is becoming less popular in this segment, the excellent 100hp Blue HDi is also available. meets the Euro 6d standard. The new Peugeot 208 is unique in the B segment due to the fact that the excellent EAT8 eight-speed automatic transmission is available with the PureTech 100 and 130 engines.
1.2 liter, 3-cylinder petrol engine offer:
- PureTech 75 S&S BVM5
- PureTech 100 S&S BVM6 or EAT8
- PureTech 130 S&S EAT8
Diesel engine offer, 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder:
- BlueHDi 100 S&S BVM6
In Portugal, we had the opportunity to try all the engines on offer, and the combination of a 130hp petrol engine and the truly excellent EAT8 automatic transmission is arguably the most desirable. With the excellent GT and GT Line sports packages, the 208 like this becomes a true small athlete, and with a slightly wider wheel track and a distinctly sporty tuned suspension, it can be used for fun in turns.
Of course, this will also be one of the most expensive options, which is not exactly the most comfortable on the worse roads, so we are convinced that in our market the optimal choice will be a turbocharged 100 hp with manual transmission with 6 gears. It offers excellent performance and can be moderately frugal when needed.
For those who drive more miles, the best option remains the excellent 100hp turbo diesel. A handful of torque that allows for supple driving and very modest fuel economy are arguments that continue to be respected, despite the fact that Peugeot expects the 208 diesel to be the least sought after of all models on offer.
The electric Peugeot e-208 brings a mini revolution
What Peugeot really wants to stand out and praise is their philosophy that electric car buyers do not want their car to prove to everyone around them that they drive an electric car. Peugeot simply wants to offer the design, shape and dynamics of its model with three different types of powertrain, one of which is fully electric. Buyers of an electric car according to Peugeot need not be misled by the design, usability and image that this brand carries with a person just because they choose electricity instead of gasoline or diesel.
The biggest help in this approach to the Peugeot comes in the form of a universal new platform that enables electric models and those with internal combustion engines to be produced on the same production line. This is why delivery times and production capacities for the electric 208 will not be limited compared to other models.
For now, Peugeot is planning that around 10 percent of its production capacity will be enough to demand electric 208. However, the first pre-orders showed that the e-208 could be a real hit, because already these orders reach about 20 percent of the total planned production, while we from Peugeot confirmed that they are ready to move production capacities for the e-208 up to 30 percent if needed.
In Portugal, we had the opportunity to try out an electric 208, with a note from Peugeot that these were pre-production models and that final software adjustments were still being made. Nonetheless, driving a Peugeot e-208 didn’t look like a half-finished car to us, on the contrary. The first few turns revealed us an extra mass of about 430 pounds, which is the difference between a basic gasoline and a fully equipped electric model. Interestingly, due to the location of that mass, or rather the batteries located in the floor itself, the driving characteristics were not sacrificed. Specifically, the electric 208 goes through turns equally fun and dynamic, and because of the extra mass in fast long turns, it works more convincingly and more stable than the petrol or diesel model.
The electric motor of 100 kW or 136 hp and torque of 260 Nm which is available from 0 km / h gives a compact 208 excellent performance, convincing acceleration with absolute silence and complete lack of vibration.
In the electric 208, the i-Cockpit takes on a new dimension and offers a real-time functional view of the powertrain. Also, the Peugeot e-208 offers three driving modes:
- Eco: for range optimization
- Normal: optimum comfort for everyday use
- Sport: prefers performance, maximum power and torque when the e-208 reaches 0 to 100 km / h for a convincing 8.1 seconds .
Interestingly, the e-208 also offers two braking modes that are also available through the gear lever with proper battery regeneration. Such a moderate braking mode gives a feeling very similar to that of a classic car. Enhanced braking mode takes a short time getting used to by the driver, but can be very useful in dynamic driving and offers very controlled deceleration with the accelerator pedal.
There are three possible ways to charge the battery on a Peugeot e-208
- on a regular home jack for full charging at 16 hours using the enhanced Legrand Green Up socket that comes with the charging cable
- on a dedicated home wall charger that provides full charge for 5 hours and 15 minutes in three-phase (11 kW) or in 8 hours in single-phase (7.4 kW)
- at a dedicated public charging terminal where thermal control of the batteries permits the use of a 100 kW charger and when 80 percent of the battery charge is reached by only 30 minutes.
The new Peugeot e-208 is equipped with a 50 kWh battery that provides a range of up to 340 km according to the WLTP standard of measurement and 450 km according to the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle). Connected to the passenger compartment cooling system, the fluid-cooled temperature control system allows for fast charging, optimized range and extended battery life. For this battery Peugeot guarantees 8 years or 160,000 km for 70 percent of its charging capacity.
It arrives in BiH at the beginning of the year, with the electric
Peugeot 208 already reaching the markets in Europe this month, while it will only hit the market in Bosnia and Herzegovina early next year. Prices are still unknown at this time, but one can expect a price increase from the now-old 208 of a few percent.
It should be noted that the first deliveries of the electric Peugeot 208 in Europe will also be in early 2020, while in our market at the same time will be available models with internal combustion engines, as well as innovative electric e-208.