Peugeot 208 named top small car for fleets

Following the announcement of the 208’s victory, Fleet News commented: “Peugeot has made massive in-roads into fleet with the 208 thanks to its highly efficient petrol and diesel engines and competitive running costs."

The motoring magazine also added: “Quality is excellent throughout and residual values have held up well since launch thanks to a strong fleet policy. The 208 is very stylish and has broad appeal with many types of driver."

Last year the Peugeot 208 was one of the top ten best selling new cars in the UK market, registering 38,616 units through 2013.

Currently priced from £9,995, the Peugeot 208 is a strong competitor in the supermini market next to rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa.

Available in both three and five-door specifications, the Peugeot 208 is available in five standard trim levels plus a selection of special edition models. Standard trims include ‘Access’, ‘Access+’, ‘Active’, ‘Allure’ and ‘Feline’. There is also available the 208 GTi hot hatch model with a 197bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine.

Earlier this month Peugeot announced it had built the 10,000th example of the 208 GTi, another impressive milestone for the small car.

The standard 208 is available with several efficient petrol and diesel engines including a 68bhp 1.0-litre VTi linked with a five-speed manual gearbox. There’s also a 1.2-litre VTi with 82bhp and then a 1.4-litre VTi with 95bhp. The 1.6-litre VTi petrol unit packs a punch offering either 120bhp or 156bhp.

Diesel engines include a 1.4-litre HDi and e-HDi with 118bhp, plus a 1.6-litre e-HDi diesel with 169bhp. For those prioritising efficiency and running costs the 1.0-litre petrol unit is a good choice, emitting just 99g/km in the 208 and returning 65.6mpg combined.

The 1.4-litre e-HDi diesel is even more efficient and emits only 87g/km, while it also returns a combined fuel economy figure as high as 83mpg.

Inside the Peugeot 208 offers 285 litres of boot space as standard. Fold the rear seats down and you can increase the load space to up to 1,152 litres. However, the back seats only offer a 60/40 split in mid to high-range specifications of the 208.

Standard equipment for the Peugeot 208 range includes a CD player, cruise control, a full size spare wheel and remote locking.