Looking for a good second hand car, at a reasonable price? One of these may be the best car for you!
The Peugeot 208 was a refreshing addition to the light car category. It has more character and style than the previous 207 model and arrived in two body styles, four equipment levels and three engines. The engines were 1.4 and 1.6-litre diesel or 1.0, 1.2, 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrol, each of which were available with a five or six-speed manual gearbox. There was also an electronic version available with only 1.6-litre diesel. The low CO2 emissions made the model popular: the 1.4-litre HDi released 87 grams or 98 grams/km in HDi form when using the stop-start technology.
The mid-level Peugeot Allure with the five-door hatch remains the most popular in the second-hand market. The 1.2 or 1.0-liter petrol model makes a good buy; it is refined, efficient and qualifies for free road tax if it was registered before 2017. The Active model is cheaper and offers a relatively comfortable driving experience. Drivers looking for performance may go for the pricier GTi Peugeot Sport.
A used Peugeot 208 may qualify for discounts as large as £5,000. Most of these vehicles are pre-registered models and can be cheaper than the best discounted new versions. New entry-level models cost £15,000 while GT-Line models cost more than £18,000. Used 208s have a relatively low price, ranging from about £7870-£15,030, depending on the model.
The 208 provides a perfect balance between sportiness and comfort. The six-speed gearbox is easy to shift, making it comfortable to use the vehicle over long distances. Motorists looking for an exciting drive should look for the GTi model, which offers excellent cornering abilities. It has a soft suspension that makes it easy to absorb bumps and drive on rough terrain.
The Peugeot 208 is one of the most economical vehicles of all time. The 1.4-litre e-HDi takes the lead thanks to its low consumption rate of 83mpg while the 1.0-litre petrol can manage 65mpg. Even the high-powered 1.6 litres GTi manages 48mpg and enjoys a road tax of £130, which is pretty low compared to other such vehicles. What’s more, car owners enjoy road tax exemptions or discounts owing to the low CO2 emissions.
Another feature that makes the Peugeot 208 a good buy is the annual service that is usually required after 20,000 miles, which is unlike other diesel vehicles that require serving after 12,500 miles or so. Also, motorists enjoy discounted servicing rates if they engage Peugeot dealers.
The 208 has had seven recalls, which shows it may not be as reliable as it could be. The first was in July 2012 when the company wanted to rectify a fault with the operation of the bonnet. Another recall happened in September of the same year to focus on the braking system. Later, 14 vehicles were recalled in December 2012 when a campaign was launched to investigate fuel leaks.
The 208 has been on sale for more than seven years. Whilst it is not at the cutting edge of other supermini class vehicles, it is very competitive when compared to newer cars like the VW Polo, SEAT Ibiza, and Ford Fiesta, among others.