Peugeot has a history of producing well-crafted and expressively designed vehicles, it’s a French thing really. When they turned a new leaf and implemented their current design language the heat was dialed up a few notches. regardless of whether you’re looking at one of their latest SUV’s or in this case, the new 208 hatch, their current lineup has flames.

Styling

There isn’t much to be said about its aesthetics, as the 208 speaks for itself. It looks ultra-modern and sporty with seemingly compact proportions. We say this because although it’s now available locally, we haven’t had the opportunity to see and feel one in the metal. The front and rear of the 208 hatch adopt the brand’s key design features: claw designed LED daytime running lamps, as well as the Sabretooth LED’s on the bumper. Peugeot is becoming known for its vibrant exterior colours and it no different here. “The 208 palette offers a fresh choice of stylish finishes, including solid, metallic, and pearlescent, allowing you to give your car an individual touch.” Says the French firm.

Interior

Inside the 208 is Peugeot’s third-generation i-Cockpit, and similar to its stablemates, the hatch has been fitted with the brand’s signature compact steering wheel. You’ll also find a 3D instrument cluster and a touch infotainment screen, which depending on the spec level, can be 7 or 10-inches in size. Through this infotainment system, the 208 is equipped with screen mirroring and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features in the new hatchback include a speed limit recognition function which also recognises road signs like stop signs etc. Peugeot says that the seats in the 208 can be had in a variety of premium materials, and from our experience with the brand, it can be a combination of materials in one interior. 

Engine & Performance

Under the bonnet, Peugeot has made use of what they refer to as the PureTech engine. It’s a 3-cylinder 1.2-litre motor and will be available with a turbo and without, depending on the derivative of course. The naturally aspirated variant produces 55kW while the turbo pushes out 74 kW in the Allure manual derivative. This output is increased to 96 kW in the Allure automatic and the range-topping GT. There are two transmission options available, a manual and an automatic, whichever one you opt for the Peugeot 208 makes use of a 6-speed gearbox. Peugeot refers to the auto as the EAT 6 automatic gearbox. “EAT” in this instance stands for Efficient Automatic Transmission in case your mind begins to wonder. 

For those whose minds are already made up – the new Peugeot 208 is available immediately from Peugeot SA. So go right ahead and place your order.

2021 Peugeot 208 price

Active                                                                                      R289 900.00 incl. VAT 

Allure MT                                                                                R349 900.00 incl. VAT 

Allure AT                                                                                 R379 900.00 incl. VAT 

GT                                                                                           R424 900.00 incl. VAT