Peugeot 208

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Peugeot 208
2020 Peugeot 208 GT Line PureTech 1.2 Front.jpg
Peugeot 208 GT Line (second generation)
ProductionMarch 2012 – present
Body and chassis
ClassSupermini car (B)
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
RelatedPeugeot 2008
PredecessorPeugeot 207

The Peugeot 208 is a supermini car (B-segment in Europe) produced by the French automaker Peugeot. Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012 and positioned below the largest 308, the 208 replaced the 207 in 2012, and the car is currently at its second generation.

First generation (A9; 2012)[edit]

First generation (A9)
Peugeot 208 95 VTi Allure – Frontansicht, 15. September 2012, Düsseldorf.jpg
ProductionMarch 2012 – 2019 (Europe)
January 2013 – March 2020 (Brazil)
AssemblyFrance: Mulhouse (Mulhouse Plant); Poissy (Poissy Plant)
Brazil: Porto Real (PSA Brazil)
Malaysia: Gurun (NAM)
Slovakia: Trnava (Trnava Plant)
Iran: Tehran (IKAP)
Algeria: Oran (PSA Algérie)[1]
DesignerPierre Authier[2]
Body and chassis
Body style3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
PlatformPSA PF1 platform
RelatedPeugeot 2008 I
Citroën C3 III
Citroën C4 Cactus
DS 3
Transmission5 and 6-speed manual
5 speed ETG5 semi automatic
4-speed AL4 automatic
6-speed EAT6 automatic
Wheelbase2,538 mm (99.9 in)
Length3,962 mm (156.0 in)
Width1,739 mm (68.5 in) (ex mirrors)
Height1,460 mm (57.5 in)
Curb weight975–1,295 kg (2,150–2,855 lb)

The first 208 models were three door hatchbacks produced in November 2011, at the company's new plant in Slovakia.[3] In June 2012, as five-door hatchbacks became available, production of the 208 also commenced at Peugeot's French plants at Mulhouse, and at Poissy.[4]

Pre-facelift three-door hatchback (rear)
Pre-facelift five-door hatchback

The 208, developed under code name "A9",[5] is built on the PSA PF1 platform and the weight is to be reduced by 173 kg (381 lb) (110 kg (243 lb) on average) compared with the 207[6] and still offer more space than the predecessor.

The boot offers 285 L (10 cu ft) (VDA) of space, 15 L (1 cu ft) more than the 207, and the leg room in the rear seat increases 5 cm (2 in). The design was led by Pierre Authier, with Sylvain Henry as exterior designer.

The interior design is by Adam Bazydlo, and the colour and trim is by Marie Sanou. The car features a tablet computer like screen, and panoramic glass roof surrounded by LED lights.[7] The car is relatively aerodynamic with a drag coefficient, Cd, of 0.29.[8]

A high performance 208 R was to be positioned above the 208 GTi in the lineup, but was never released.[9]

In mid-2018, the three-door model was discontinued.[10] In 2019, Peugeot ceased the production of the first-generation 208 in Europe. The first-generation 208 has been produced in Brazil from January 2013[11] to March 2020, when the second-generation model imported from Argentina was released.[12]


Peugeot 208 facelift (five-door)

All the petrol engines comply with the Euro 5 norm and the diesel engines have CO2 emissions of 99 g/km or lower. In addition to the four cylinder petrol engines carried over from the previous model, from September 2012, the 208 has been offered with two new three cylinder units with variable valve timing – the 1.0 VTi (68 hp) and 1.2 VTi (82 hp).

The 1.0 comes with an advertised fuel consumption of 4.3 L/100 km (66 mpg‑imp; 55 mpg‑US), and a CO2 emissions value of 99 g/km. A 1.2 L three cylinder is available with a turbocharger designated as the PureTech 110 S&S (available on the GT Line models and the allures) or without designated PureTech 82 S&S (available on the active, VTi, or XS).

This engine is coupled to a five speed manual or a six speed automatic. The 208 GTi is fitted with a 1.6 litre turbo (1,598 cc) four cylinder in line turbo petrol Prince engine producing 197 bhp (147 kW) at 5,800 rpm and 203 lb⋅ft (275 N⋅m) of torque at 1,700 rpm, and is fitted with a six speed manual transmission.

This first GTi model has since been replaced by the 208 GTi by PeugeotSport which is directly derived from the limited edition '30ème Anniversaire Edition' which put out 208 bhp with revised suspension and an optional two tone paint job, along with a facelift of the original bumpers and other small changes.

The GTi's Prince engine is shared with the Mini and various Citroëns.[13]

The range of diesel units starts with the four-cylinder 1.4-litre e HDi unit, originally introduced in 2010 for the 207, which provides 50 kW (68 PS; 67 hp) of power coupled, in the 208, with published fuel economy and emission figures of 3.4 L/100 km (83 mpg‑imp; 69 mpg‑US) and 87 g/km.[14]


The 208 comes with a range of trims and specs. Starting from the entry model as of 2019:

  • Active – Available with either a 1.2L Puretech 82 S&S Petrol or a 1.5L BlueHDi Diesel, both come with a five speed manual.
  • Signature (also known as the Allure) – Comes with the same engine and gear box as the active but has different styling and alloys.
  • Tech Edition – As well as coming with the same engine as the active and signature it also comes with two additional engine variants. A 1.2 litre Puretech 110 turbocharged manual and an automatic version known as the EAT6, both three cylinders
  • GT-Line – This is the top of line model that is available from Peugeot. Coupled with the 1.2L 110 engines both six speed automatic and manual as well as the 1.5 litre diesel. This trim offers all the styling of a hot hatch, it has 16" alloys which are diamond cut.

Second generation (P21; 2019)[edit]

Second generation (P21)
2020 Peugeot e-208 GT Front.jpg
Peugeot e-208 GT
AssemblySlovakia: Trnava (Trnava Plant)
Morocco: Kenitra (Kenitra Plant)
Argentina: El Palomar, Buenos Aires
DesignerKevin Goncalves (exterior)[15]
Yann Beurel (exterior)[16]
Eric Dejou (interior)[17]
Body and chassis
Body style5-door hatchback
PlatformPSA CMP (EMP1) platform
PSA eCMP (EMP1) platform (e-208)
Electric motorPermanent magnet synchronous motor (e-208)
Battery50 kWh lithium-ion (e-208)
Electric range349 km (217 mi)
Wheelbase2,540 mm (100.0 in)
Length4,055 mm (159.6 in)
Width1,745 mm (68.7 in)
Height1,430 mm (56.3 in)
Rear view (e208)
Rear view (208)
Interior (GT Line)

The second generation Peugeot 208 was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019, and officially went on sale across Europe over the summer.[18] A fully electric version, named e-208, was also revealed at Geneva. The 208 offers a choice of powertrains, using conventional petrol or diesel engines, or an electric motor.


The drivetrains and platform of the 208 are shared with the Peugeot 2008, the DS 3 Crossback and Opel Corsa.[19][18] The conventional petrol engines branded "PureTech" are all 1.2-litre, three-cylinder naturally aspirated EB2FA with 74 hp (55 kW; 75 PS), or turbo EB2DT with 100 hp (75 kW; 101 PS), or turbo EB2DTS with 129 hp (96 kW; 131 PS), except the versions made in Argentina which use the 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated EC5 either petrol-only or ethanol-capable flex fuel for export to Brazil.

The diesel model will come in just one engine variant, a 1.5-litre four cylinder engine producing 73 kW (99 PS; 98 hp). Moroccan buyers have the option of the old 1.6 HDi engine producing 92 PS (68 kW; 91 hp).[20] Peugeot have yet to announce the Sport models and what engine they will be using, such as the GTi which has been part of the family of the 208.[18]

However, Guillaume Clerc, the project manager for the second generation 208, stated that development of a petrol 208 GTi ended in 2017, because it was impossible to meet the corporate average CO
emission targets with the larger 1.6-litre engine used in the previous generation 208 GTi. Clerc hinted the next GTi could be based on the e-208.[21]

The 208 and e-208 are available with optional advanced driver-assistance systems, featuring adaptive cruise control, lane centering, automatic parking, and blind spot monitoring. Models equipped with a manual transmission feature cruise control down to a minimum speed of 18 mph (29 km/h); the automatic and e208 models can control the car down to a stop.[18]

e-208 (electric version)[edit]

Charging Peugeot e208 at a high power charging station
Engine bay of electric Peugeot 208

Unlike competing contemporary vehicles such as the Renault Zoe and Volkswagen ID.3, the e-208 shares a common chassis with the conventional petrol/diesel powered 208. Peugeot chose this deliberately to enable potential buyers to select the drivetrain that best suits their requirements.[22]

This also allows Peugeot to assemble the e-208 on the same line as the 208, in Trnava plant.[23][24] Compared to the conventionally powered versions of the 208, the e-208 is approximately 350 kg (770 lb) heavier,[18] and has a slightly wider rear axle, to accommodate the battery pack.[23]

The e-208 has a heat-pump controlled 50 kWh battery, a 100 kW (136 PS; 134 hp) motor, and a 6.6 kW charger. WLTP range is 340 km (211 mi).[25][26] It is equipped with a CCS Combo Type 2 connector, and can charge at a rate of up to 100 kW from a suitable DC fast charging station.

Charge rate can be 70kW up to 40% state of charge, then decreasing to 50kW.[27] The onboard charger is limited to 7.4 kW, but may be equipped with a three phase 11 kW charger as an option.[28] In the e208, the gear selector is used to choose the level of regenerative braking.[23]

Shortly after it went on sale in October 2019, demand for the e-208 was strong. Peugeot had anticipated making approximately 30,000 e-208 cars per year, 10% of the planned annual production of 300,000 for the entire 208 product line, but 14 of all pre-orders received were for the e208. Maximum production for the e-208 is 60,000 per year.[29]

The electric e-208 was voted "Most Desired Electric Car" in North Macedonia at the Golden Steering Wheel awards at the beginning of 2021.[30]


Petrol engines[31]
Model Type Power, Torque@rpm 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph) (s) Top speed Transmission CO
emission (g/km)
1.2 PureTech 75 S&S 1,199 cc (73.2 cu in) I3 74 hp (55 kW; 75 PS) @ 5750, 118 N⋅m (87 lb⋅ft) @ 2750 13.2 102 mph (164 km/h) 5 speed manual 93–98 2019–
1.2 PureTech 100 S&S 1,199 cc (73.2 cu in) I3 100 hp (75 kW; 101 PS) @ 5500, 205 N⋅m (151 lb⋅ft) @ 1750 9.9 117 mph (188 km/h) 6 speed manual 96–102 2019–
1.2 PureTech 100 EAT8 S&S 1,199 cc (73.2 cu in) I3 100 hp (75 kW; 101 PS) @ 5500, 205 N⋅m (151 lb⋅ft) @ 1750 10.8 117 mph (188 km/h) 8 speed automatic 97–104 2019–
1.2 PureTech 130 EAT8 S&S 1,199 cc (73.2 cu in) I3 129 hp (96 kW; 131 PS) @ 5500, 230 N⋅m (170 lb⋅ft) @ 1750 8.7 129 mph (208 km/h) 8 speed automatic 101–108 2019–
Diesel engine[31]
1.5 BlueHDi 100 1,499 cc (91.5 cu in) I4 100 hp (75 kW; 101 PS) @ 3500, 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) @ 1750 10.2 117 mph (188 km/h) 6 speed manual 84–92 2019–
Electric motor (e-208)[31]
Battery Power, Torque 0–100 km/h (s) Top speed Transmission Range (WLTP) Years
50 kWh lithium-ion 136 hp (101 kW; 138 PS),
260–300 N⋅m (192–221 lb⋅ft)
8.1 93 mph (150 km/h) 1 speed automatic 217 mi (349 km) 2019–

South American model[edit]

In July 2020, Peugeot started the assembly of the second-generation 208 in Argentina in its Buenos Aires plant. The production at this plant is intended for South American market.[32] It only produces internal combustion models, as the e-208s sold in South America are imported.[33] The Argentinian-made 208 is equipped with the 1.6-litre VTi engine producing 114 hp (85 kW; 116 PS).[34]

In May 2022, following the merger of PSA and FCA to form Stellantis, Peugeot released a naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre 208 as an entry-level option for Brazilian market, using the Firefly engine from the Fiat Argo with 70 hp (52 kW; 71 PS).[35][36][37]


Peugeot announced the 300,000th 208 was produced in February 2013.[38]

Year Worldwide production Worldwide sales Notes
2011 TBA 631[39]
2012 242,900[40] 220,800[40] Total production reaches 243,600 units.[40]
2013 333,800[41] 334,439[41] Total production reaches 577,400 units.[41]


208 T16 Pikes Peak[edit]

Sébastien Loeb driving the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed

In April 2013, a 208 T16 was tested by Sébastien Loeb at Mont Ventoux.[42] Loosely based on the shape and design of the production 208, the T16 is a lightweight 875 kg (1,929 lb) vehicle that uses the rear wing from the Peugeot 908, and has a 3.2 litre, twin turbo V6 engine, developing 875 bhp (652 kW; 887 PS) and 0–100 km/h in just 1.8s[43] with the aim of competing at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The engine was derived from racing variants of the PSA ES/L V6 built by Sodemo, which were used in the Courage C60 Le Mans race car between 2001 and 2003.

At Pikes Peak on 30 June 2013, Sébastien Loeb used the 208 T16 to break Rhys Millen's record time, set in 2012[44] on the first fully paved roads in the history of the competition.[45] The previous record of 9:46.164[46] was shattered, and a new record time of 8:13.878 was set.[47]

The car also won the hillclimbing race, at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed in June 2014.


In 2018, a Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Edition model won the overall award in the inaugural Classic Sports Car Club Turbo Tin Tops Series, for forced induction front wheel drive cars. [48]


Peugeot 208 WRX

Team Peugeot-Hansen won the manufacturers title at the FIA World Rallycross Championship in November 2015. Jérôme Grosset-Janin was runner up in the FIA European Rallycross Championship in the same year.

In the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Timmy Hansen won the drivers championship with a Peugeot 208, and Hansen MJP won the teams championship.


Peugeot 208 VTi (rally car)

Juha Salo won the Finnish Rally Championship in 2015 and 2016.


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