The Allure sits mid-pack in a revamped Peugeot 208 Light hatch range that features a new, budget-conscious entry model – the Access – and a sports-focused GT-Line. The latter is positioned below the range-topping GTi.
Powering the GT-Line, Active and Allure models is a new, 1.2-litre turbo three-cylinder, good for 81kW and 205Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed auto.
Taller gearing in the lower three ratios and maximum torque that arrives at just 1500rpm helps achieve lower emissions and an ADR combined fuel consumption figure of 4.5 litres/100km. The new combination also provides better all-round driveability than offered by the previous 1.6-litre engine and dated four-speed auto.
A 0-100km/h time of 10.9 seconds doesn’t really tell the story of how flexible and eager the little 1.2-litre turbo unit is. Highway cruising produces just 2100rpm on the tacho, thus it’s little wonder the 208 sips so little 95 RON PULP.
As an A-to-B commuter on good roads, the Allure rides compliantly over the usual creases and irregularities in the surface. But taken outside its comfort zone, it shows less composure under heavy braking and turn-in at higher speed.
The handling, overall, should meet the expectations of most people buying in the segment.
The seats are, for the main part, comfy and a general feel of airiness and roominess prevails up front. As with most Light (i.e., smaller than Small) cars, four’s company, five’s a crowd.
The 208’s 311-litre cargo capacity is more than rivals such as the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta, but can’t match the likes of the Honda Jazz. Drop the seats and available space expands to a useful 1152 litres.
At a tad under $26,000, the 208 is no bargain, though the standard kit is extensive: head-up display; 7-inch touchscreen; digital sound; sat nav; and dual-zone aircon with cooled glovebox. Tick also six airbags, 16-inch alloys, front/rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitor, city park (self-parking functionality), auto rain-sensing wipers and a full-sized spare wheel.
In a world first for a mass production car, a textured matte premium paint is available. The paint’s tones react strongly under light, with variations in finish and shade, contrary to conventional matte paint that smooths out curves and hides body lines. According to Peugeot, the innovative finish is more robust than conventional matte paints.