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Peugeot 208 Pros & Cons

Things We Like in 208

Cool and modern design

Extensive features

High-level safety

Things We Dont Like in 208

Very expensive

No keyless entry and reversing camera

Noisy engine

Recent Updates of Peugeot 208

The 2019 Hari Raya promotional offer for Peugeot 208 saw its price come down till RM 68,888 from RM 86,888 thus making it a tough competitor against the likes of Toyota Yaris and Perodua Myvi. The aesthetic design of the Peugeot 208 does make it stand out from the crowd but its the interior of this hatchback which steals all the attention. The interior is very stylish and gets soft-touch materials everywhere along with some interesting features to add to the comfort. Under the hood, the 208 is powered by a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 110 hp of power and 205 Nm of impressive torque. This engine is powerful enough to propel the car to a top-speed of 190 kmph and reach the 0-100 kmph in 9.8 seconds. This popular hatchback is available in two variants in the market – the 1.2 L Puretech (RM 86,888) and GTI (RM 131,865). 

Peugeot 208 Price

The 208 is priced between RM 86,888 and RM 131,865 .

Peugeot 208 Variants

There are 2 variants available of 208: 1.2 L Puretech and GTI.

Peugeot 208 Power-trains

The 208 is powered by a 1199cc 3-cylinder Petrol engine produces 110 hp of power and 205 Nm of torque and 1598cc 4-cylinder Petrol engine produces 208 hp of power and 300 Nm of torque.

It comes with the option of a 6-Speed Automatic and 6-Speed Manual transmission gearbox.

Peugeot 208 Features

The feature list of 208 includes Central Locking, Anti Theft Device and Engine Immobilizer in terms of security.

Features for Comfort & Convenience include Air Conditioner, Power Windows Front, Power Windows Rear, Automatic Climate Control, Heater, Engine Start/Stop Button, Adjustable Seats, Electric Folding Rear View Mirror, On Board Computer, Automatic Headlamps, Follow Me Home Headlamps, Accessory Power Outlet, Power Steering, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Foldable Rear Seat, Remote Trunk Opener, Low Fuel Warning Light, Rear Seat Headrest, Cup Holders-Front, Bottle Holder and Vanity Mirror.

Features for Entertainment & communication include Touch Screen, FM/AM/Radio, Navigation System, Bluetooth Connectivity, USB & Auxiliary Input, CD Player, Speakers Front, Speakers Rear and Integrated 2DIN Audio.

Peugeot 208 Interior

The interior features include Tacho Meter, Electronic Multi Tripmeter, Leather Seats, Leather Steering Wheel, Digital Clock and Digital Odometer.

Peugeot 208 Exterior

If we talk about the exterior features then it include Adjustable Headlights, Fog Lights Front, Fog Lights Rear, Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror, Rain Sensing Wiper, Rear Window Wiper, Rear Window Washer, Rear Window Defogger, Alloy Wheels, Power Antenna, Tinted Glass, Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank, Rear Spoiler, Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicator and Remote Fuel Lid Opener.

Peugeot 208 Safety

The safety features of the Model includes the Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Side Airbag-Front, Child Safety Locks, Anti-Lock Braking System, Brake Assist, Ebd, Vehicle Stability Control System, Rear Seat Belts, Seat Belt Warning, Day & Night Rear View Mirror, Parking Sensors, Crash Sensor, Engine Check Warning, Front Impact Beams, Side Impact Beams and Door Ajar Warning.

Peugeot 208 Competitors

The 208 Competitors are: Peugeot 308, Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback, Kia Cerato, Mazda 2 Hatchback and Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid.

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Peugeot 208 Colors

Peugeot 208 is available in 5 different colors - Virtual Blue, Rouge Red, Nera Black, Digital White and Atomic Orange.

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Peugeot 208 Review

  • Peugeot 208 Overview
  • Peugeot 208 Interior & Features
  • Peugeot 208 Exterior
  • Peugeot 208 Ride & Handling
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  • Peugeot 208 Verdict

Peugeot 208 Overview

The Peugeot 208 has spent quite some time here since its launch in the Malaysian market. This duration has been an exciting time to say the least with the French automaker struggling with gaining a larger market share in the country. In this attempt, they have launched a refreshed model of the B segment hatchback under the Puretech banner back in 2017. This year they have stopped selling the 3-door version of the base car due to poor sales. And a new version of the car has been spotted being tested. At the same time, it is seemingly becoming difficult to convince the average Malaysian buyer to spend upwards of RM 85000 on a hatchback especially one that is notorious for not holding on to its value so well. But with the hotbed of activity that is the B-segment hatchback market in the country, you cannot blame Peugeot if tries to cut its own share of the pie. Cars like Ford Focus, Mazda 2 hatchback, Kia Rio and the Honda Jazz are all trying to make a breakthrough in this segment. Peugeot is currently selling the 208 in a standard Puretech variant which will set you back by RM 86888 and the souped up 3 door GTi variant which will set you back by a cool RM 139750. Is it justified to spend so much money on a French hatchback? Let’s find out.

Peugeot 208 Interior & Features

The Peugeot 208 is just as stylish car from the inside. The quality of materials is very plush and everywhere you can touch are soft-touch materials. The cabin also follows Peugeot’s i-Cockpit design that gives it a low set compact and sporty leather steering wheel and a high set instrument cluster. This allows the driver to take a more comfortable position while steering and look at their instruments without taking their eyes off the road. The instrument cluster gets its own little styling touches like a red LED surround on the GTi model that set it apart from the normal variant. Infotainment is through a 7” touchscreen mounted on top of the center console that provides music streaming, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Audio is well catered for with Arkamys 3D Sound audio system with 6 speakers. Air conditioner is dual zone. Apart from small cupholders and useless glove box and inconvenient placement of some buttons, the front is a very nice place to be. The same is not true for the rear. Legroom is narrow, and the headroom suffers due to the sloping roof. Boot space behind the seats is also not the best at 311 L which goes up to 1152 L when the rear seats are folded down. The GTi gets its own special touches with semi bucket seats, aluminum shift knob and a lot of red accents.

Peugeot 208 Exterior

Peugeot has undergone a sea change in its design language and looks much more modern as a result. But the 208 will take another generation to catch up. That does not mean that the existing design is any worse.  The old aesthetic with its large gaping grille and front and rear bumpers that look like protruding lips help it stand out from the crowd. The latest refresh has brought in a two-tone effect to the grille with horizontal streaks, a more aggressive black, and chrome headlight design, chrome window surrounds and unique 3D effect in the taillights that look like claws. The sculpted side profile and the overall shape of the car compliment the compactness of the car measuring just 3965 mm (L) X 1739 mm (W) X 1460 mm (H). 16” two-tone alloy wheels wrapped in 195/55 tires round out the appearance of the car. The dimensions of the GTi are only slightly different from the standard variant. They can be told apart by the larger 17” wheels wearing 205/45 tires, missing rear doors, red brake calipers, discreet GTi badging, spoiler, and double chrome exhaust tailpipe. Color options are also different for both. While the standard can be had in digital white, virtual blue, nera black, atomic orange and rouge red, the GTi is limited to digital white and rouge red.

Peugeot 208 Ride & Handling

The Peugeot 208 present two different cars that provide two very different driving experiences. The basic Pureline is all about comfort and a hint of nimbleness thanks to the compact steering wheel. The GTi, however, is the car to buy if you want a more sporty and dynamic driving experience. Both cars, however, do come with the same suspension setup. There are pseudo-MacPherson struts with anti-roll bars in the front and a trailing arm with dynamic cross member axle in the rear. The outside view is nice with low window sills and a large windshield.

Peugeot 208 Engine & Fuel Consumption

Power comes from a 1.2 L turbocharged inline 3 engine with VVTi. This produces a peak power output of 110 hp at 5500 rpm and 205 Nm of torque from as low as 1500 rpm. This is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with quickshift. The engine really gets into its own at higher revs. The NVH levels could also have been improved a lot. It allows the car to achieve a top speed of 190 kmph and reaches 0-100 kmph in 9.8s. The GTi gets a larger 1.5 L engine twin scroll turbo inline 4 engine that produces 208 hp at 6000 rpm and 300 Nm of torque from 3000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed close ratio manual transmission that allows it to reach speeds of up to 230 kmph and clocks 0-100 kmph in just 6.5 s. Both engines are Euro VI compliant and deliver fuel economy figures of around 15 kmpl.

Peugeot 208 Braking & Safety

The Peugeot 208 has a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating. The Pureline comes with 4 while the GTi comes with 6 airbags in total. Hill start assist, ESP, ABS with EBD and emergency brake assist are standard across both models. Also included are anti-skid regulation, dynamic stability control, and anti-whiplash front seat headrests are also standard.

Peugeot 208 Verdict

Are you looking for a car in this segment? Then the Peugeot 208 is certainly worth a look. It will make you stand out like nothing else while also serving as your versatile daily runabout. It will also give you a much more quality interior and feature list than any Japanese car at this price range.

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    Firash Jul 26, 2021 for Peugeot 208

    Peugeot 208 as a Frenchman is expected to look great. As revealed by the automotive reports, the front portion and it's LED lighting features have been worked upon to achieve a well-furnished look. I am really looking forward to the launch and am excited. It is expected to be more expensive than it actually is, losing its soft tactile surface Read More

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    Ranj Mac 31, 2021 for Peugeot 208

    I feel the iconic Peugeot 208 gives a brilliant driving experience, second to none in the same range. For a small family car, you can’t go wrong owning a Peugeot 208. You will only face a lag in pickup if it is over-loaded. Also there is a spare part issue most of the times. My mom used to own it Read More

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    Kavithran Dis 01, 2020 for Peugeot 208

    Peugeot 208 is one of the most modern-looking hatchbacks that one can find in the Malaysian auto market. One of the prime reason behind buying this car is the number of safety features on offer that provides peace of mind every time I take my family out for a spin. However, there are a few things that I did not Read More

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    Ahmad Nov 05, 2019 for Peugeot 208

    I never thought I would opt for the Peugeot 208 because it was way out of my budget for a hatchback and felt overhyped as well. But somehow, I landed up buying the 208 but I must admit that I thank myself everyday for making the right decision. The Peugeot 208 is expensive as compared to its competitors but it Read More

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