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Peugeot 208

The Peugeot 208 is a supermini, initially available as a three-door hatchback before a five-door hatchback was also released. It’s been used in various car races, shattered the Pike’s Peak hill-climb record, won the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed and placed in the World and European Rallycross Championships.

Is it comfortable?
On and off the racetrack, the Peugeot 208 is a genuine treat ... But not if you’re a passenger. The head-, shoulder- and legroom are fine in the wide front cabin and the vision is good. Great for drivers. However, there’s less back-seat room than in competitors like the Ford Fiesta. The back seat folds down to allow bigger loads into the boot, but it doesn’t fold flat, and Peugeot also neglected to include bag hooks, tie-downs or even book pockets on the back of the front seats in the 208. The message? This isn’t a car for passengers or moving furniture. It’s a car for driving and should be treated as such.

How does it drive?
The 208 is light, powerful and feels good to drive with awesome torque and responsive, well-grounded steering. The engines range from a 1.0 litre petrol engine to a 1.6 litre diesel. They’re all extremely fuel efficient (about 4.5L/100km) and clean enough to make you believe efforts were made to reduce CO2 emissions (99g/km in the older models and as little as 79g/km in the later ones).

The verdict 
A used Peugeot 208 is certainly going to appeal to financially limited speed demons and hot-hatch enthusiasts, but is probably not the best choice for anyone who regularly taxis friends or children about. You’ll find similar vehicles in the Volkswagen Polo and the Škoda Fabia.

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