Late but not too late test drive review
You have probably read the review of this car some 2 years ago onwards on various websites and also some newspaper motoring columns in 3 languages (Malay, English and Chinese) and seen many units running around major cities, so why are we sharing our thoughts on this car with you right now?
Well, its launch price in early 2017 was RM86,888 which put it side by side with the Mazda2, and Honda Jazz. It sold reasonably well despite being the only European compact hatch at this price point. Then came 2019 Hari Raya and this car was given a healthy discount bringing its price to RM68,888! This caught our attention and we needed to review this car.
Now at this price point, this puts the 208 below the Japanese rivals, including the just launched Toyota Yaris and closer to the Malaysian favorite, the Perodua Myvi at RM54,090 for the top version. Yes, there is just a RM14,000 price difference (between the Myvi 1.5) and this suddenly makes the 208 Puretech worth a look again.
Peugeot engineers executed this 208 interior quite exemplary. Black simple plastics were tightly mounted and pleasantly surfaced. A user friendly in-car entertainment is used to increase it showroom appeal together with an attractive hard wearing seat material.
Step inside and the cabin is quite roomy with a sleek roofline. Switchgear and controls click and glide and work with precision. The standard audio system allows for connectivity for your smart phone. There is a decent sized boot in the rear and family excursions over a long weekend will be no problem. This 208 seats four in comfort; five if none are sumo contestants.
This 208 comes with good sound-deadening material to ensure a quiet drive in the city, which only started showing its lack of padding once you drove it beyond 140km/h. Under the hood, the 208 is fitted with a 1.2-liter turbocharged engine. This 3-cylinder engine has won ‘engine of the year’ twice and it produces a decent 112 bhp of power and an impressive 205 Nm of torque. Mated to a 6-speed quickshift automatic it shifts smoothly and responsively when you test-drive it and the handling and balance is firm and communicative for its class. In terms of fuel efficiency, this 208 has EEV status because it clocks in a respectable 4.2 litres per 100km, which should be noted as being the most frugal among its rivals.
Driving it in the city, it feels faster than it really is and this is because the torque rushed in at an early 1,500rpm allowing us to keep up with more powerful cars until 3rd gear is reached. It handles Petaling Jaya’s legendary potholes and speed bumps with a nice pliant feel which is typical Peugeot comfort. The seats are comfy after a few hours of driving as with all Peugeots and you will enjoy snaking in and out of traffic (if this is your thing) with its communicative steering and nimble handling ability.
It is definitely a fun little car with premium interior and safety features and with the 5-years manufacturers warranty and Nasim’s new commitment with PSA (Peugeots parent in France) to make sure the ownership experience in Malaysia encourages repeat purchase, this RM68k compact hatch should be given another look before dismissing it.
Yes, check the rivals (Toyota Yaris and Honda Jazz) for a test drive on the very same day you test drive the 208 and then sit and have dinner to decide which car you should be booking.
Peugeot 208 Puretech Specifications
Engine: 3-cylinder turbocharged DOHC
Transmission: 6-speed Quickshift automatic
Max Power: 112 PS @ 5,500rpm
Max Torque 205Nm @ 1,500rpm
0-100km/h: 9.8 seconds
Max Speed 190km/h
Price: RM68,888.00 limited units