Peugeot 2015 208 Allure review

Peugeot 2015 208 Allure review

If you were in the UK you would see the 208 everywhere. Peugeot sells more than 30,000 of them a year so they’re ubiquitous, but they’re not common in New Zealand. This refreshed and facelifted model aims to change that and is going to be appealing to people who might consider a Mini, but don’t want quite so much quirkiness.


There are only two models available (Active and Allure) in the New 208 range; Peugeot also offers two variants of its GTi model, but they are considerably more expensive. Both the Active and Allure have the same underpinnings with a Puretech 1.2-litre 81kW, 3-cylinder petrol engine and 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Peugeot 208 Allure 2015 dashboardThe Allure adds a lot more equipment, some of it necessary in my opinion (e.g. reversing camera), and worth spending the $30,990 as opposed to $27,990 for the Active.

The entertainment system accepts Bluetooth streaming and is simple to use with its 7-inch touchscreen. The up/down switches on the air con are slow to use if you want quick temperature changes. The Peugeot gets a 5-star crash test rating and comes with electronic stability programme Peugeot 208 Allure 2015 front interiorwhich includes anti-lock brakes, traction control, brake assist and emergency brake-force distribution.

The diminutive engine ensures that fuel economy is friendly on the wallet: 4.5 litres per 100km claimed (combined cycle), and 104g CO2 per kilometre. It does mean that the dash to 100 takes almost 11 seconds but it’s surprisingly perky around town.

Manoeuvring in tight spaces is easy with the Peugeot 208 Allure 2015 rear quarterreversing camera as standard. It’s short enough at a smidge under 4 metres long for you to get by without it (i.e. you could go for the Active model), but you would rue that decision. Despite being small, it has a reasonable sized boot at 285 litres, and there’s enough room in the back for modestly sized adults.

Being a vehicle of French construction it’s not without its annoying quirks. The top of the steering wheel obscures the middle information display in the instrument panel, and the armrest gets in the way of the handbrake. The seating and pedal position is improved on previous models (I was as 206GTI owner), and overall comfort is good.

Driving dynamics can be pushed quite easily into uncomfortable territory, though. It can quite quickly feel skittish in the corners if the road is rough, and those of you wanting something more planted on country roads should compare it against the Ford Fiesta.

Our test car came with the optional matte paint which adds $750, which really brings this to the mainstream. Peugeot tells me it’s easy-care, quite scratch resistant and you don’t need to wax the car (who waxes cars these days anyway?)

Other paid options available include tinted rear and side windows ($250), 17-inch wheels ($1000), leather upholstery ($2000) and a panoramic ‘cielo’ roof (which is Spanish for ‘sky or ‘heaven’).

Ironically, a famous Spanish proverb is quien quiere celeste, que le cueste, which translates to He who wants the heavens must pay; and in Peugeot’s case, it’s $1500.

The Active models’ $3000 premium gets you the aforementioned reversing camera plus height adjustment for the passenger seat, the armrest (with storage), hill assist, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, cruise control with speed limit, dual zone air conditioning and a bunch of stuff to enhance the visuals like 16-inch alloys wrapped with 195/65R16 tyres, chrome exterior mirrors and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

If you’re buying a new car and can’t put three grand in to get all that stuff, you probably should consider saving a bit longer.

Price: $30,990 for Allure, +$750 for matte paint.

Pros

  • Practical 5-door with decent fuel economy

Cons

  • Steering wheel position
  • Skittish on uneven surfaces


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