Peugeot 208 vs rivals – a guide

With the release of the new 208 supermini, Peugeot will be bringing new competition to the table and competing against popular models like the Ford Fiesta.

The 208 will also have to compete against the Vauxhall Corsa, which surprised the May sales chart as it topped it with 8,413 units sold.

Each of the superminis offer their own little perks, whether it’s a slight edge in terms of style, efficiency or general functionality. As superminis are often favoured by small families and younger buyers, a universal appeal is essential to a successful model.

But which will come out on top and what have they got to offer?


As engine technology is growing more and more advanced so is efficiency, which means there are greener engines on offer. However, manufactures have also got to consider that some buyers want a meaty powertrain, which means most engine ranges can be split into either efficiency or power.

Most efficient:

The 208 offers a frugal 67bhp 1.4-litre diesel powertrain that emits juts 87g/km and returns up to 83mpg. This engine also comes with a five-speed automatic gearbox. This figure is achieved with e-HDi technology which gives the engine a small electrical boost when re-starting, which saves fuel.

The Fiesta’s greenest powertrain is the 95bhp 1.6-litre TDCi diesel; which is part of its acclaimed ECOnetic eco-signature. It emits just 87g/km and returns up to 85mpg. The 1.6-litre is matched with a five-speed-manual transmission.

The Corsa offers a 94bhp 1.3-litre CDTi ecoFLEX diesel engine, which emits just 94g/km and returns up to 81mpg. It is matched with a five-speed-manual transmission and uses start/stop technology, which saves fuel by turning off then engine when idling.

All three of these powertrains are exempt from road tax as their emissions fall below the 100g/km threshold.

Most powerful:

The new 208 can be specified with a 153bhp 1.6-litre VTi petrol engine on its Feline trim. This engine can reach a top speed of 134mph and sprint from 0-60mph in 7.8 seconds.

The Ford Fiesta offers a 1.6-litre petrol model producing 132bhp on its Metal trim level. The powertrain can achieve a top speed of 121mph and reach 0-60mph in just 8.4 seconds.

The Corsa offers a 1.6-litre SRi petrol engine on its sporty SRi trim which produces 147bhp. The 1.6-litre SRi can reach a top speed of 130mph and car sprint from 0-60mph in 7.6 seconds.

Each of the three models either offer or plan to offer a sportier derivative with the Corsa VXR, Fiesta ST and the Peugeot GTi.

Equipment levels

Many car buyers focus on different elements of equipment levels, which is usually split into the basic, cheap to buy equipment levels and the cool street credit equipment levels.

As with most models, especially superminis, entry level equipment is usually very basic and features just necessity features. But there are also those trim levels on offer that give it more of an eye catching stance on the road.

Entry level:

The Peugeot 208’s entry level trim is the Access trim and it offers a radio/CD player, electric windows, steering wheel mounted controls and remote central locking.

The Ford Fiesta’s entry level trim is the Studio trim and it offers body coloured bumpers, adjustable steering wheel, CD stereo and the option of Bluetooth hands free mobile connectivity.

The entry level trim for the Vauxhall Corsa is Expression trim and it offers power steering, a CD player, electric mirrors and both driver and passenger airbags.

Top trim:

Peugeot’s luxurious Feline trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, sports seats, partial leather upholstery and a panoramic glass roof.

The Fiesta’s top of the range Titanium trim offers electronic temperature control, cruise control, privacy glass, rain sensitive wipers and exclusive carpet mats.

The Corsa’s top SRi trim adds side impact airbags, cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, multi-function trip computer and MP3 compatibility.

Style and practicality

Some may think that a car either ticks the style or practicality box, but modern superminis can usually tick both. Even though they are renowned for their simple compact body shape, some superminis can usually accommodate a fair share of luggage and catch the eyes of young buyers.

Both style and practicality go hand in hand as these qualities are essential for potential supermini buyers, who include small families and young car buyers.

The Peugeot 208 incorporates Peugeot’s new design language into its exterior appeal as its contour lines and muscular body shape echo the design of its sister brand Citroen, especially Citroens new DS5 model.

The 208 also has the low riding qualities of a coupe, which adds to its younger buyer appeal. However, the Peugeot 208 offers up to 311 litres of boot space, which can span to 1,152 litres with the rear seats folded down. This can prove useful for family life.

The latest Fiesta model has clearly retained a familiar appeal to its past generations yet it has gained more of a modern aerodynamic shape. Although its shape is quite sporty, the Fiesta offers more of a plump shape compared to the 208 as its bonnet is quite muscular.

In terms of family functionally the Fiesta offers 295 litres of boot stowage space, comfortably shaped seats and plenty of leg room.

The Corsa offers similar style to the Fiesta as it is quite bulky yet sporty. The Corsa’s badge is actually quite a stylish feature of its font end as it hangs over the grille giving it a pointed shape, which is especially visible with the silver and white coloured models.

The Corsa offers quite a spacious cabin, especially in the five-door variant, plus its ride is comfy due to a versatile suspension. The Corsa also offers a fair bit of storage space with up to 1,100 litres with its seats folded down.


In terms of cost all three models start from around £9/10k, as Peugeot 208 prices start from £9,995, Ford Fiesta prices start from £9,795 and Vauxhall Corsa prices start from £9,495.

The top of the range prices however reach around £17k, as the 208 costs £16,345, the Fiesta costs £16,195 and the Corsa costs £17,650.

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