Performance and 0-60mph time
2008 performance ranges from the unexciting to the relatively swift. At the lower end of the scale you’ll find the PureTech 82 petrol, an engine more frequently seen in the smaller 208 and even tinier 108 and better suited to those cars. In 2008 form it will eventually reach 62mph in 13.5 seconds and lose interest in accelerating at 105mph. Still, it’s marginally quicker than the entry-level diesel. The BlueHDi 75 - at its cheapest in ironically-named Active trim - takes three tenths longer to reach 62mph and runs out of steam 2mph sooner.
The petrol models are definitely preferable when turbocharged and the diesels improve in higher specifications too. The PureTech 110 just dips below the 10-second 0-62mph barrier with a 9.9-second run (though the automatic models are a little behind, at 10.3sec) with a 119mph top speed for the manual and 117mph for the auto.
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The BlueHDi 100 is further behind but still a significant improvement on the 75, covering the 0-62mph sprint in 11.3sec and topping out at 112mph. The BlueHDi 120 is naturally a little more enthusiastic, dropping down to 9.6sec to reach 62mph and hitting the same 119mph flat out as the PureTech 110.
Quickest of all is the PureTech 130. The extra power makes itself felt by allowing a 9.3-second 0-62mph run and 124mph top speed. The real benefit of course is the extra mid-range performance, which leaves the 130 feeling just a little less laboured than the other petrol models. Likewise, the diesels make light work of most driving conditions, more so even than the PureTech 130.