What is it?
Peugeot’s vital new 208 supermini, which has now officially touched down in the UK. A full road test workout beckons, for the car on which so much of the Peugeot brand's success depends. For a first impression though, in right-hand-drive form and on British roads, we tested a 1.6-litre, 91bhp e-HDi – which is likely to be a popular version for us Brits.
The new 208 is based on an overhauled ‘PF1’ platform inherited from the old 207, so although the skin, cabin and many of the engines are all-new, the mechanicals aren’t. Suspension is by MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam at the rear, which remains the supermini class standard. Peugeot is to be congratulated, however, for having taken more than 100kg of kerb weight out of the 207, which should contribute to the 208's efficiency, performance and handling.