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.
The Peugeot 208 proportions, specifically its width (-2 cm) and height (-1 cm compared with the 207), have volumes engineered with care given to each part (under body shields, spoiler on some versions, etc.) allowing maximised aerodynamic optimisation. So, some have a CdA of 0.61 (Cd of 0.29), positioning it as one of the segment’s best and which, again, lead to favourable fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
A9 project specifications included the terms: agility, luxurious, sporty, innate, intense energy, and generation advancements. The designers succeeded in bringing these inspiring words to the life. With a compact shape, smaller overhangs, and continuous lines from bonnet and windscreen, the Marque’s aesthetics have been re-imagined, down to every detail.
A very charismatic front
The front face, a genuine signature, reveals a new alluring look for the Marque. The cat-like facade is more contemporary, lush, and elegant, with different variations to the light guides accentuating the headlight appearance during the day and at night. Every part had the same amount of care, including fog light surroundings.
The grille was designed like a real, free sculpture. It looks like it is detached from the body and floating, with chrome surrounding exactly shaped sections. Inside, full mesh or chrome bars support the line’s rich modernism. This new design communicates environmental economy: the optimal air intake size conveys maximum fuel efficiency.