The Peugeot 208 goes on sale in Ireland

The eagerly awaited and much talked about Peugeot 208 arrived in Ireland this week and enters the market with a starting price of €14,495.

Peugeot will be hoping to match sales with that of its former guises and with the economy in much the same state as it was in the late eighties maybe the 208 could be the 205 of this recession, either way it is quite a good looking car, even Bob liked it when he tested it at launch in April, see video here.

The Peugeot 208 is smaller than its predecessors on the outside but offers greater boot spacer and rear leg room, it’s also lighter than previous models, 110kg lighter than the 207 apparently and so offering that all important less CO2 and greater fuel consumption.

It comes in 3 and 5 door options and a choice of three trim levels, Access, Active and Allure, lets hope the level of trim doesn’t live up to the incredibly dull names.

The entry Access model comes with a decent list of standard equipment including, ESP, six airbags, cruise control with speed limiter, electric front windows, a full size spare wheel, child safety locks, seat belt alarm, 2 child seat ISOFIX fixtures, driver’s seat height adjustment, radio and CD player with 3.5mm jack for external audio device, steering column remote controls and daytime running lights with follow me home function.

Go up one level to the Active and you get front electric windows with one-touch, a 7″ multi-function colour touchscreen with 3.5mm jack, USB connection, bluetooth, 15″ alloy wheels, front fog lamps with chrome surround and air conditioning on top,

And if you move up to the Allure you also get LED daytime running lights, a leather trimmed steering wheel, leather and chrome gear knob, auto lights and wipers, electrochrome rearview mirror, tinted rear windows, 16″ alloy wheels with anti-theft nuts and a full size alloy spare wheel. I wonder by the time you get to the Allure have you added back on that 110kg?

Engines:

  • 1.0 litre 68bhp petrol model (99g/CO2)
  • 1.2 litre 82bhp petrol model (104g/CO2),
  • 1.4 litre 68bhp HDi diesel model (98g/CO2)
  • 1.4 litre 68bhp eHDi diesel model (87g/CO2)

All variants qualify for tax band A, and on average Peugeot say the 208 has achieved 34g/km lower CO2 emissions than the 207. And this year it was awarded 5 stars by Euro NCAP, see the test here.

See Peugeot.ie for more or follow them on twitter @peugeotireland