Used Peugeot 208

Used Peugeot 208: We know it's economical and charming, but is it reliable?

Attractive design lines, a distinctive appearance and a large selection of power units brought the city model of the French company popularity to an extent that Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo never had. Ten years after the premiere of the first generation, we bring the advantages and disadvantages of the Peugeot 208 as a used car.

Peugeot has struggled a lot with small cars in the past. Namely, each of their attempts was inevitably compared to the iconic 205, a model that achieved a high reputation with which the successors could hardly compare. However, with the 208, which was introduced in 2012, Peugeot regained its former glory.

Attractive details, beautiful lines and a distinctive look gave it popularity to a degree that Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo never had. It was the same story in the cabin thanks to the clear control panel with premium materials. But the 208 wasn't just pretty.


There was also a wide range of engines ranging from 1.0 to 1.6 liters for petrols, and from 1.4 to 1.6 for diesels, all of which were efficient. In 2015, the Peugeot 208 received a slight redesign that gave it a little stylistic refresh and added several changes in specifications, while the second generation was presented in 2019.

 Modern three-cylinder VTi PureTech gasoline engines are very reliable, and there is also a four-cylinder option, but a look at domestic used car ads shows that diesels are the favorites in our area, as expected.

The larger 1.6-liter HDi (92 and 115 hp) brings more dynamics and driving pleasure than the smaller 1.4-liter unit (69 hp), but it is this 1.4-liter engine that is the first choice of many buyers, and with reason.

It is a proven reliable, durable and very economical engine, which may lack a little acceleration on the open road, but is therefore ideal for urban environments, because it is not expensive to maintain and consumes "like a lighter". For sporty driving enthusiasts, there are also three variants of the GTi version, all of which use a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that develops 205bhp.


Trim levels were tailored to each customer, with the base package including heated mirrors, cruise control, air conditioning, Bluetooth and central locking. As for the higher equipment packages, the list included alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, a seven-inch screen with smartphone integration, rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, folding mirrors and some decorative details in the cabin.

However, the city charmer has its flaws. For starters, all the engines are quite noisy and transmit a lot of vibration into the cabin. The modern interior comes at the price of lower rear visibility, and the plastics could be of better quality. There is also a small steering wheel, a feature of all Peugeot models of the last ten years. It may be attractive at first glance, but it obstructs the view of the instruments, although this should not necessarily be seen as a drawback.

If that's ignored, the front seat passengers will be quite happy. The dashboard looks and feels smart, and aside from the plastics, everything feels like a premium job. The front seats themselves are very comfortable and offer plenty of space and support. Although the spaciousness of a small city car should not be judged at all, it should be noted that the space on the back seats and in the trunk is only average for this class.

As far as reliability is concerned, no major or noteworthy factory recalls have been recorded, which coincides with the service indicators of a dramatically higher degree of reliability compared to the 206 and 207. On some examples, especially diesel versions, harmless traces of slight oil leaks can be found . When buying, considering that it is a model that has been driven around the city the most, you should check the condition of the clutch, writes Auto Klub.

When talking about prices, for a second-hand Peugeot 208 of the first generation, it is necessary to allocate around 5,000 euros, while better equipped models with lower mileage cost around 6,500 euros. It is also possible to find a high-performance GTi version, which has a price of slightly less than 10,000 euros, on domestic used car ads.

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