Today we’ve took a Peugeot 208 1.6 e-HDI 115hp Allure out for a test drive and here’s our full review! Like its rivals, Peugeot has dramatically changed its subcompact as the 2012 generation appeared. The French manufacturer is giving us the model called Peugeot 208 Allure, which shares the PF1 platform with the old 207, but has a completely new form, designed to attract the public that’s increasingly aware of its appearance.
More than ever, Peugeot 208 became a veritable “fashion statement”, getting away of the simple elegance of its predecessors such as 205 and 206 which ravaged the segment and leaving aside the “forced smile” of 207.
Peugeot 208 1.6 e-HDI 115hp Allure Review
The real surprises of Peugeot 208 are only in the parts you do not see. The model is up to 173 kg lighter than its predecessor, with an average of 110 kg, the trunk is larger, the interior is spacious and the diesel engines emit less than 99 grams of CO2 per kilometer. So we have major technical improvements which make the package even more attractive.
Peugeot 208 Engine / Transmission 4.5/5
Although Renault and other rivals have 1.6 liter diesel engine that are providing higher power levels, those from Peugeot have fitted the 208 with a 115 HP engine coupled to a six-speed manual transmission. There is also a 92 HP diesel engine in the range of Peugeot 208, and an entry-level diesel engine that develops 68 HP.
Only the 1.6-liter engine is the proud owner of the micro-hybrid e-Hdi system, which significantly reduces the fuel consumption in some situations.
We particularly liked Peugeot 208’s propeller soundproofing, as well as the natural setting of the transmission, which allows running at highway speeds without too many revs. Allowances are more than fair for a subcompact diesel of 115 HP and the linearity of the thruster is one of the most appreciated elements about Peugeot 208 Allure.
However, there are less fortunate points. The wheelhouse has a relatively long stroke and the drive gear is easily perceived at the auditory level. This takes away the pleasant experience that offers you the propeller, with no technical failure of the tested specimen. Simply, it seems that this is how it works the wheelhouse of 208.
Peugeot 208 Consumption 4.5/5
The 1.6 e-Hdi version of Peugeot 208 has an average consumption of 3.8 liters per cent, according to Peugeot. In urban areas, the French manufacturer announced 4.6 liters per cent, while in the highway the consumption is 3.4 liters per cent.
In terms of competitors, only its brother Citroen C3 is equipped with the same engine’s performance and may equal Peugeot 208 Allure. The rivals of the two French models announced higher values of average consumption, although the most competitors have diesel engines with less horsepower. For the sake of comparison, we looked at the specifications of Toyota Yaris Hybrid, a competitor in theory, because the Japanese model has a starting price close to that of 1.6 e-HDI version of 208, which announces an average consumption of 3.5 liters per cent. The diesel version of Yaris has a stated fuel consumption of 3.9 liters per cent that delivers 25 HP less than 1.6 e-HDi 208.
During our test, we obtained an urban consumption of 5.4 liters/100km, conducted in an economical driving style and with the start-stop system activated. Even so, no one honked at us at the semaphore and I never dropped the heated seats or the air conditioning system.
On the highway, Peugeot 208 Allure 1.6 e-HDi is running at 120 km/h (72 miles/h) in the sixth gear at 1950 rpm and a consumption of 5.5 liters/100km. In extra-urban, we obtained a consumption of 4.5 liters/100km.
Peugeot 208 Performance 4.5/5
The tested version announced a 0-100 km/h (0-60 miles/h) time of 9.8 seconds. In its segment, only the diesel version of the 130 HP Corsa surpasses Peugeot 208, with 9.5 seconds thanks to the 15 additional horsepower.
The maximum speed of 1.6 e-HDi Peugeot 208 is 190 km/h (114 miles/h), more than enough for the needs of a regular customer.
The allowances offered by the powerful 1.6 e-HDI are correct for the developed power level. For those who want even more power, the French brand prepare a GTI version of 208. However, the diesel engines offer stops at 115 HP.
Peugeot 208 interior 4.5/5
Since you get on board, you notice many known elements, while others are completely new to you. What strikes you? The steering wheel and the shift clocks. The clocks have a different location from what we find on other models in the segment, new even for Peugeot’s range. Why? Because it forces you to look at the watches not “through the wheel”, but above it. In the city you might not like this arrangement, but a extra urban ride should change your opinion about the solution chosen by the French builders.
We especially liked the front seats of Peugeot 208 Allure, made in an exemplary way and very comfortable. Their shape reminded us of seats that the DS3 model has and their height control is quite generous, allowing a correct driving position without too many adjustments. The steering wheel adjustment is not as generous, it may be too high, but the depth adjustment is satisfactory. Anyway, we appreciated the small size of the steering wheel and its generous thickness, which, along with choosing a quality material provides added comfort in use. Most of the materials are pleasing to the touch, although there are some “leakage” in some areas.
The trunk has only 15 liters (5.3 ft³) more than 207, totaling 285 liters( 100 ft³). It appears to be low as it only ranks third in the segment, after Sandero and Fabia. The back seats can accommodate three adults over medium distances without trouble, but not with plenty of remaining space.
Peugeot 208 Purchasing price 3/5
The cheapest model in the 208 range starts at 11,185 euros with VAT included. The cheapest version of the new Peugeot 208 diesel starts at 13,058 euros, while the most expensive version equipped with the 1.6 e-HDi starts from 15,356 euros with VAT included.
The specimen that we tested, that was Allure equipped, starts from 18,290 euros with VAT included. Thanks to a 992 euro discount applied at the time of the sale, this model cost 18,833 euros to purchase, but the optionals costs 1244 euros. These includes heated front seats (226 Euro), central armrest, front and rear electric windows and electric folding mirrors (291 euros), CD player (97 euros), front fog lights with cornering function (146 euros), gray metallic paint Blossom (291 euros) and glass roof (484 euros).
Unfortunately for the French model, Peugeot 208’s rivals end up costing less for a comparable level of equipment and 19,000 euros for a subcompact diesel is quite expensive.
Peugeot 208 Safety 4.5/5
The French brand’s subcompact succeeded in extremis to receive five stars in the crash tests, EuroNCAP noting that the percentage of points earned by the Peugeot pedestrian protection, 61%, was very close to demote four star (EuroNCAP considers that the minimum score for reaching five stars in this chapter shall be 60% of the total available).
For the rest, the Peugeot 208 has done well in frontal crash tests, side and pole, but managed an average result of rear impact test (which measures the degree of protection to the neck).
Peugeot 208 Roadholding 3.5/5
Despite the rich history built by models like 205 GTI and 206 GTI, Peugeot has never proposed to do a sports car from 20. Anyway, there are some new elements under the form of some discrete improvements in the favor of dynamism. Now we have a suspension which rigidity subtly increased compared to 207, which filters the out road imperfections in a better way.
Peugeot 208 Visibility 4.5/5
Peugeot 208 greets us with a cabin that gives the impression of space, maybe because of the panoramic roof. The front glass surface is big enough, although it has a generous inclination, which could become annoying in some situations, especially when turning 90 degrees to the left, the A pillar on the driver’s side comes into view.
Although the side mirrors are quite small, they do their job at the best if you have them properly adjusted. The telescope is generous and gives no problems while parking and the mirror is properly sized.
Peugeot 208 Technology 4.5/5
In its standard version, Peugeot 208 comes with electric and heated side mirrors, automatic air conditioning with dual zone control, touch screen, steering wheel controlers, audio system with USB + jack socket and 6 speakers, light and rain sensors, electric front windows, cruise control and speed limiter, Bluetooth, chilled glovebox, and the more common items such as folding rear seat, adjustable steering wheel, etc..
What we didn’t liked about Peugeot 208 Allure was the lack of a navigation system for the top equipment level, equipment that is becoming increasingly common in this segment – and very accessible for some models as Dacia Sandero.
The panoramic roof have a set of ambient lights that could be disabled, but whose color could not be changed. I did not quite understand the connection between the inside of 208 and those blue lights inside, but we can get through this.
Briefly, 208 Allure did not bring anything new to this chapter, it is a subcompact like any other, without anything extra, but without missing too much in terms of equipment.
Peugeot 208 Design 4.5/5
Pierre Authier, Sylvain Henry, Adam Bazydlo and Marie Sanou. They are the four employees who are responsible for Peugeot 208’s look, both indoor and outdoor and also for the color palette. If you like the subcompact manufactured in Mulhouse, Poissy and Trnava are the ones who have to be praised, and the converse is equally valid.
Peugeot 208 comes with a new design line of the French manufacturer, which earned a pretty aggressive allure, without losing points on elegance. However, this comes with a price – the front bumper is quite low, which forces you to focus more on the borders and bumps, mainly due to the relatively low ground clearance.
Peugeot 208 Test Drive Resume
What we liked:
- Refined diesel
- Successful start-stop system
- Low consumption
- Reasonable performance
- Nice materials on the frequently touched surfaces (wheel, shift)
What we didn’t liked:
- Unusual dashboard
- High purchase price
- Limited feedback of the direction
- Roll when cornering
- The A pillar can be annoying in some situations
Peugeot 208 1.6 e-HDI 115hp Allure Specifications
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This was our test drive for Peugeot 208 e-HDI Allure.