Amazingly the Peugeot 208 has been on sale for nearly three years and now it is time for some mid-life revisions. The revised 208 range will be debuted at next month’s Geneva Motor Show, before its arrival in the UK in June.
Attention has been paid to exterior styling and new paint palettes with new equipment including the options of Active City Brake, MirrorScreen and a reversing camera.
The engine line-up has been tweaked to ensure that all engines meet Euro6 emissions standards, the diesel 1.6-litre BlueHDi engine is now available with three different power outputs. There are the 75hp and 100hp (stop / start) units with five-speed manual transmissions capable according to official figures of 94.1 mpg and a 120hp unit with a six-speed box producing 94 g/km.
If you prefer petrol there is the PureTech range comprising 1.0-litre developing 68 hp, 1.2-litre 82hp and a 1.2-litre 110hp turbocharged unit with stop/start tech. The 1.2-litre 110hp is available with six-speed automatic gearbox, should you wish.
The revised exterior styling comprises of a new front bumper with a wider grille, revised lighting with a new LED light signature from the Active grade on. The rear sees Peugeot’s 3D claw profile LED lighting. And there is a new range of 16 and 17” alloys wheels in a variety of finishes.
The seven-inch touch screen remains standard from Active trim level upwards, and has the ability to mirror smartphone screens so you can access you apps on the move, if safe to do so. You can also opt for a reversing camera which utilises the screen to aid parking; it shows the outline of car and its trajectory. Should you need more help you can select the Park Assist option, which will automatically park the 208 into parallel parking spaces and aid you to leave, all you need to do is control the accelerate/brake and gears on a manual car.
You can also opt for Active City Brake makes it possible to avoid a low speed accident or mitigate its seriousness if you fail to react, working in urban conditions at speeds of up to 20mph.
GTi fans will be pleased to know that following on from the success of the 208 GTi 30th edition, it will continue to go on sale but be known as the 208 ‘GTi by PEUGEOT Sport’ featuring a lowered ride height, wider tracks, 18-inch wheels, matt black detailing, sports front seats, red floor mats and two-tone paintwork. And Brembo front brakes, Torsen differential, tuned suspension and steering settings with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.Published 19 February 2015