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New Peugeot 208 Euro NCAP

The Peugeot 208 has been poked, prodded, and thrashed by Euro NCAP

By Stephen Turvil
Jun 22, 2012
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The Peugeot 208 has been poked, prodded, and thrashed by Euro NCAP – the independent body that assesses vehicle safety. Their conclusion after a serious of probing tests is that this French supermini deserves their maximum five-star rating. That should make a few people smile in France. The five-stars breakdown to scores of 88% for adult occupant protection, 78% for child occupants, and 61% for pedestrians. This urban run- around also managed 83% for the safety assist category, which includes gadgets such as its seatbelt reminder system and electronic stability programme. The latter uses computer- based witchcraft to help keep the 208 pointing in the right direction. Would that be France?

But having survived Euro NCAP's torture the Peugeot 208 now faces an even tougher opponent. This takes the intimidating form of the 205 – its classic forefather. Why? Because this supermini from the eighties is still loved, respected, and drooled over by thousands of motorists. The GTI in particular turns heads. Even its successors the 206/ 207 failed to win everyone's heart, despite having their strengths. However, I suspect that the 208 might be loved. Its styling, for starters, is tremendous – and it has reasonably entertaining handling. As such it feels like a new 205, rather than the latest 207. This new kid on the block also comes in the potent 1.6-litre 156bhp guise. This super-speedy trim hits 62mph in 8.1 seconds - so perhaps we finally have the “spiritual” successor to the 205.

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By Stephen Turvil
Jun 22, 2012