The award-winning all-new Peugeot 208 has finally arrived in South Africa. Revealed in 2019, the second-generation of the French manufacturer’s small hatchback features dynamic styling, intelligent technologies and enhanced engines.

Locally, the four-strong 208 line-up is priced from R289 000 for the Active to R424 000 for the 208 GT. Slotting in between the latter variants, the Allure costs R349 000 when specified with a six-speed manual gearbox and R379 000 when fitted with the six-speed automatic transmission.

Peugeot 208
Depending on the trim line, the new 208 features two spoilers for “better performance and efficiency”.

All models feature Peugeot’s 1,2-litre three-cylinder PureTech engine in both normally aspirated and turbocharged petrol formats. The entry-level model makes do with the former format, producing 55 kW and 118 N.m, and is equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. The top-of-the-line derivative, meanwhile, is equipped with the latter iteration. In GT guise, the turbocharged engine directs 96 kW and 230 N.m to the front wheels exclusively via Peugeot’s EAT6 automatic transmission. As mentioned, the mid-range Allure can be had with the option of either a manual or automatic gearbox. Linked with the former, the three-cylinder powerplant produces 74 kW and 205 N.m. In automatic guise, the Allure boasts similar outputs to the GT.

Peugeot 208
The “claw”-effect taillamps, Peugeot says, give the 208 a confident look.

The new 208 is 4 055 mm long, 1 745 mm wide and 1 430 mm tall. The front end, Peugeot says, “has been contoured and sharpened for stronger definition”, while the “claw” motif of the rear lamps gives the 208 “a more confident” look. Wheel sizes range from 15-inch steel items for the Active to 16-inch alloys for the Allure. GT models gain 17-inch alloy wheels.

Peugeot 208
“Fang”-effect daytime-running lights a staple of new Peugeots. GT variants gain full-LED headlamps.

Inside, Active models feature manual climate control, a leather steering wheel and gearlever, and a 7,0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Allure models upgrade to automatic air-conditioning, a 10-inch infotainment display and Peugeot’s 3D i-Cockpit instrument cluster, and a 180-degree reverse camera. On top of the GT-specific exterior highlights, GT trim further gains keyless entry, wireless charging, a frameless electrochrome rear-view mirror and front and rear park distance sensors. A suite of safety features are included as standard across the range. All models ship with ABS with EBD and EBA and a total of six airbags.

Peugeot 208
The interior is neatly appointed and equipped with infotainment features such as screen mirroring.

Said the French manufacturer, “the new Peugeot 208 personifies Peugeot’s commitment to technology whilst heightening the sensations and driving pleasure of Peugeot drivers everywhere”.