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The Peugeot 208 has a problem...

By Stephen Turvil
May 24, 2012
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The Peugeot 208 has a problem... the Peugeot 205. Why? Because this forefather from the 1980s is still loved, respected, and drooled over by thousands of supermini fans. In fact, even today some people argue that the 205 GTI sets the supermini benchmark. Even its successors the 206/207 failed to win everyone's heart. That is illogical, as the newer cars are more refined and better built than the 205. They have more equipment too, and I would rather have an accident in the robust 207 than the comparatively flimsy 205. But logic is irrelevant sometimes and motorists still love the 205's looks, handling, and image.

However, I suspect the Peugeot 208 might soon be loved too. Its styling, for starters, is fantastic and looks much sharper than the 206/207. Shallow? Perhaps, but people tend to love beautiful things. Would the E-Type be popular if it looked like a wheelbarrow? The Peugeot 208 has composed handling too, and is available with various refined petrol and diesel engines. Highlights include the most fuel efficient 68bhp diesel trim, which averages a mighty 83mpg and can be taxed for free thanks to low emissions. In contrast, the most powerful 1.6-litre 156bhp petrol trim hits 62mph in a potent 8.1 seconds. Motorists can also choose from five/six speed manual transmission, or a six-speed semi-auto. The decent equipment specification is this supermini's final plea for love. Perhaps the 205 has had its day.

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By Stephen Turvil
May 24, 2012