Peugeot 208 Supermini — Pint-Sized Sophistication

The newly designed 2012 Peugeot 208 made its official appearance and offered a glimpse into the French view of economical driving with high sophistication and luxury.

Lancia with its Ypsilon, heretofore, remained the sole entry addressing this econo-luxury niche. Volkswagen Polo and Fiat Punto have for many years successfully addressed this segment in a bit more plebeian product. Peugeot has for years attempted to address this segment with more style. This time, Peugeot has upped the ante with a more formal design plus higher-end luxury touches and high-tech components.

The petrol engine range will include three-cylinder motors with a displacement of 1.0-liters and 1.2-liters, the most economical of which returns a combined fuel economy of 54.7mpg US with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.

The exterior design of the 208 draws its styling inspiration from the French brand’s most recent concept models such as the HX1, while the interior is distinguished by the multi-layered dashboard featuring a prominent center infotainment console.

Once again, the U.S. does not get an opportunity to enjoy this market segment. Pitty… looks quite nice.


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