Peugeot 208 review - a supermini for keen drivers? - Peugeot 208 MPG and running costs

Not the best-driving car in the class, but GTi models prove there's a good chassis underneath Peugeot's supermini

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  • Neat ride and handling, strong turbocharged three-cylinder engine
  • Lacks body control in faster driving, steering light on feel

Diesels are, naturally, the least expensive to fuel thanks to combined MPG figures as high as 94.2mpg (in the 1.6 BlueHDi 75 with stop-start). You won’t see that in the real world of course (nor the 104.6mpg ‘extra urban’ figure in that particular model), but a figure in the 60s should be achievable provided you’re neither spending hours in traffic or utilising all of the performance.

The petrol models are frugal too, if not quite possessed of the same ludicrously high numbers. Most economical is the 1.2 PureTech 82 with the automated manual transmission – 67.3mpg combined. All bar the GTis are in the 50s in fact, though in our experience you’re more likely to achieve numbers in the 40s.

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Sensible wheel and tyre choices should keep replacement costs down (and regular models don’t wear pricey Michelin Pilot Super Sports, which also helps) and insurance and taxation costs are also relatively low.

Peugeot’s ‘Just Add Fuel’ package – including VED, insurance, servicing and roadside assistance in the monthly payments – keeps running costs low for those buying the car brand new, too.

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