There was the 205 that ran from 1983 all the way till 1996. Then there was the 206 in 1998 that was so popular that they kept building it for almost a decade. After that, there was the 207 that no one really noticed. And now for 2013, there is the 208. It was only a matter of time before Peugeot ran out of numbers, so we hear that the 208 name will stay constant from now on. And this new model is a great way to start off the 208 bloodline.
For a fully-optioned French-built car that costs as much as a Mexican-built Nissan Tiida, the Peugeot 208 looks amazingly upscale for the price. The chrome details, the carved badges, and the complex shapes, all make a very attractive little car.
Inside, it’s features galore, with a touchscreen that integrates the stereo, a/c display, phone and trip computer. No other car has that at this price, as far as we know.
It isn’t as spacious as the aforementioned Nissan Tiida, but if you’re driving alone most of the time, it doesn’t really matter. At least the boot is decently sized.
We generally try to avoid testing economy cars, but Peugeot did such a good job of not making it feel like an economy car that we didn’t mind this one at all. More in the full review.