Independent organisation Euro NCAP has revised its criteria, making it more difficult to get high star ratings. However, Peugeot 208 is just built so well that it took the highest rating possible for a newly introduced level of award. The 208 is the first car in its segment to earn 5 stars. What Project 208 aimed to build was a compact car that’s comfortable, economic and with impressive road handling.
The 208 appears smaller on the outside but is actually bigger on the inside, making it practical for daily usage, specifically in an urban setting. It also offers more comfort. Its new architecture reflects an additional advantage.
The weight of the 208 is 110kg lower on average than the 207. This means that it produces lower CO2 emissions as well as offers outstanding fuel consumption. Because of the reduced weight, the running costs also drop. Even the safety performance of the car is improved by the decreased weight. Each kilogram that is dropped results to a reduction in energy to displace.
The 208’s Access trim entry level model has the following high level of equipment as standard: ABS, ESP, six airbags, rear Isofix fixings, speed limiter, front seat belt warning, and collapsible steering column.
With its structure, occupant protection is also improved. It features aluminium absorption beam, very high strength steel (VHSS) and ultra-high strength steel (UHSS) panels. The Euro NCAP’s rating proves the high safety protection level of the 208, whether in active or passive situations. Furthermore, driving is made safer due to the re-styled architecture of the driving position.