All-New Peugeot 208 Is Everything A Supermini Should Be

The all-new 2019 Peugeot 208 has just premiered prior to its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

A leak over the weekend offered us our first taste of the redesigned supermini and these new images show the car in all its high-res glory. It’s sharp, bold, and has an unconventional but appealing look, just like a small car filled to the brim with personality should have.

The all-new Peugeot 208 is underpinned by the company’s Common Modular Platform (CMP) and weighs 30 kg (66 lbs) less than the outgoing model. Alongside the weight savings, Peugeot says that the new underpinnings contribute to a reduction in noise, vibration, and harshness levels.

Powering the new 208 is a 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine or if customers wish, a 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel. The 1.2-liter petrol offers up 75 hp and is mated exclusively to a five-speed manual transmission. The diesel delivers 100 hp and has a six-speed manual gearbox. In the new future, Peugeot will introduce a 100 hp petrol model with a six-speed manual or eight-speed auto and a range-topping 130 hp model sold exclusively with the eight-speed.

There’s an all-electric variant too

In addition, the French manufacturer has developed an all-electric version dubbed the e-208. This model uses a 50 kWh battery pack and an electric motor to deliver a punchy 136 hp and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque, allowing for a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 8.1 seconds. The 50 kWh battery pack is installed under the floor and can power the Peugeot e-208 for an impressive 211 miles (340 km) under the WLTP cycle. The electric 208 supports 100 kW rapid charging that can top up the battery to 80 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes.

In terms of its looks, the new 208 clearly takes after the 508. For example, the headlights feature similar diagonal strakes and a tasteful grille. At the rear, there are tinted taillights. A host of wheel options are also on offer depending on the trim levels.

The supermini also comes loaded with safety technologies. These include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Lane Positioning Assist, Full Park Assist, Automatic Emergency Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Monitoring, Speed Limit Recognition, Active Blind Sport Monitoring, and Extended traffic sign recognition.

Found within the cabin of the new Peugeot 208 is the automaker’s i-Cockpit infotainment system, a digital gauge cluster, faux carbon fiber accents, and a small steering wheel just like the 508.

Peugeot will start accepting reservations for the new 208 from the end of March before the order books open in late summer this year.

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  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Great Interior. Exterior is a nice evolution if a bit odd in places.

  • I’m really impressed. Can’t think of a better city car than this 208 EV. The range is amazing as well, you can easily do trips without big hassle.

  • Dennis Scipio

    I’m still impressed at this design inside and out.

  • This thing is dope man! I like it a lot! For me this kills the Clio, Fiesta, i20, Rio and Polo.

    • TheHake


      • Im hoping the upcoming Opel Corsa is worth a look as well

        • TheHake

          Yup, the Corsa hasn’t been sexy in ages.

    • The Fiesta, Polo and Ibiza are going to look very dated when this and the new Clio launch. Defintiely pushing the progress of design.

  • PK

    man that digital screen is just flat out beautiful! it’ll definitely give the mercedes a class a run for it’s money!!!! <3

  • TheHake

    Holy crap that is a GREAT looking car!!! Top marks, Peugeot!

  • f1300

    A bit OT: Since when the 208 is a “supermini”? Where should we put the 108 then?
    Designwise the 208 Looks really good on the outside – maybe except for those lightblades on the front. The interior on the other hand… good on photos, but highly impractical on the street. Why? Because the speedometer is way too tiny to decipher your speed. The floating upper dashboard (that is, the space below it) is a pain in the a## to keep clean. Even on the pictures hardplastic is screaming already at you. Seating position for anyone bigger than 170 cm has to be frog-like (well, that seems not to be a bug but a feature at Peugeot) if you want to see anything.
    Still, for small, hearing impared people with eagle-eyes, it may be a pretty good car. (no offense or political incorrect Interpretation in any way intended)

    • uS’gedlemba

      The Supermini segment has always been the B segment, how can you critique practicality over photos? You are really reaching.

    • Alex87f

      Supermini is clearly the category this car belongs to, just like the DS3, C3, Clio and others. The 108 belongs to the “small car” category.
      As far as the seating position, I’m 1m87 and fit just fine in the current-gen 208. The driving position’s actually suprisingly good with the wheel close enough to my chest and good leg space, though when sat like this there isn’t a ton of space for the person behind me. And the speedo seems readable enough, the one in my 86 is smaller and is actually super useful.

    • Matthijs

      I never get that supermini either. It’s something English spoken websites use. Calling 108 small and a 208 supermini doesn’t make any sense. In my country we say it like this:

      A-segment: small (up)
      B-segment: compact (Polo)
      C-segment: compact midclass (Golf)
      D-segment: midclass (Passat)
      E-segment: higher midclass (Audi A6)

    • dufonrafal .

      I’m 1.86m , have issues with the seating position on Peugeot’s, on the contrary, I struggle with most other cars where the steering wheel is often a bit high for my taste or it obscure the top of the dials. I’v more of a “sport” seating position I guess.

    • Vince

      I’m 186 and never had issues on 208,308,3008and508 ….
      A 195 friend owns a 3008 and he finds that perfect.

  • Fabio P

    bellissima!!! Più bella delle cesspolo-ibiza-fabiA1-punto-y-micra!! Più bella della new clio 5!
    La fiat può anche chiudere baracca visto che fa cesse auto come la tipo.
    Sarà mia!!!

  • Alpina

    Hands down to design but the only thing questionable will be reliability as is in all PSA and Citroen vehicles.
    Also it is impossible to find right position of the steering wheel in which you can see digital screen.

    • uS’gedlemba

      Keep Walking Johnny!

      • Alpina

        I will, towards more reliable – but uglier cars.

        • uS’gedlemba

          Walk hard then!

    • tseventy6

      I’ve driven some 208’s and I agree that it’s impossible to find the right position to see the instruments. The steering wheel ALWAYS blocks your view.

      • designer_dick

        An inability to have an unobstructed view of the dials regardless of how I adjusted the relative height of the seat and steering wheel (I’m a fairly short 5’7″/1.7m tall) was something that really put me off the current 208, but it didn’t seem to be an issue in the few 308s and 3008s I’ve driven, so I’m going to give Peugeot the benefit of the doubt and assume that they’ve fixed the flaws in the adjustability of the first 208’s driving position.

  • lapirk

    the french really know how to make interesting designs. full marks to peugeot, renault, citroen..

  • Yilmaz Yasar

    looks gorgeous both inside and out And other good thing interior seems luxury flagship

  • aggressive styling… very interesting!

  • salamOOn

    best interiors across any range (except super luxury models)

    • Matthijs

      I’d rather have the Mazda2 interior. Looks pretty upscale too but than with normal climate control buttons

      • salamOOn

        agree that normal AC is way to go.

  • Matthijs

    On youtube you can find a few previews in the plant with normal versions without those extra wheelarches, rearspoiler etc

    • Tinky-Winky

      Thank god these glossy black wheel arches are optional. I find them really distracting.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Very well done. Pity those extra doors. I hope they don’t show up in the hot hatch model that will surely be made. For the rest it exudes personality, inside and out.

  • Vassilis

    I’ll say it. I prefer how the current one looks.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Apart from the black wheel arches it’s gorgeously designed inside out.

  • looks like a Mazda 2 drawn with a knife.


    The 3 door supermini days are over

    • they are a pain in the A** to live with.

    • designer_dick

      Thank God. They look good, but they’re a nightmare to get passengers in and out, especially if those passengers are children, and it’s much trickier than a 5-door when it comes to fitting a child seat.

      • Mike Gonzalez

        don’t buy if it doesn’t fit your necessities. but it’s funny tho, cuz most times I see people driving alone in their cars and a 3 doors car makes it way easier to get in and out of the front seats as the doors are bigger

  • designer_dick

    The 1.2 PureTech in the current 208 puts out either 68 or 82hp without a turbo, and 110 or 130hp with a turbo, so a 1.2 turbo with either 75 or 100hp seems like a step back.

  • DM

    Great city car with a very distinctive and exciting design. Better than the new Audi A1 for sure. I owned a previous gen A1 and was disappointed when the new one came out… cheaper interior plastics, no electric parking brake; they really cheaped out compared to the new Polo which is better looking IMO.

  • PlonPlon

    Peugeot:It is HIGH time to return to the US and Canada!!!

    • Romain AA

      Rejoice! PSA CEO, Carlos Tavares just confirmed Peugeot is the brand they chose to return.

      • PlonPlon

        Absolutely! I saw that in the news today! Thanks for your reply 🙂

    • EM1

      I hope this model is still avail once it reaches our shores, I would consider one.

  • Scherpereel Clement

    Don’t forget the futur 208 GTI that will produce 200+ hp to rival polo gti and other super mini.

  • Sasu Nicoara

    Peugeot nowdays looks more an more like a SAAB … for me they do tend to look like an extensions of what was SAAB design language.

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