Peugeot’s New 208 set to Roar in January 2020

Published on 18th October 2019 at 10:07

Peugeot Ireland will introduce the all-new 208 to Dealer showrooms just in time for the forthcoming January 2020 registration plate. Available from launch with a choice of petrol, diesel or electric powertrains, the new 208 brings to market the latest-generation i-Cockpit and 3D head-up display, together with a range of driving aids.

2020 208 Engines and Transmissions

This new 208 is available from launch with a choice of 3 petrol powertrains,

·         1.2 litre 75bhp S&S manual

·         1.2 litre 100bhp S&S manual or 8-speed automatic

·         1.2 litre 130bhp S&S 8-speed automatic


·         1.5 BlueHDi diesel 100bhp S&S manual, compliant with the latest stringent EURO 6 emissions controls.

e-208 – all Electric

Also available from launch will be the e-208 with its 100% electric engine. Interior and boot-space are identical to the Internal Combustion Engine versions with the batteries distributed under the floor pan. The 100 KW (136 bhp) electric engine develops 260 Nm of torque from 0 km/h.

Three drive modes are on the new e-208 menu, Eco, Normal and Sport, with drive range up to 340 km, in accordance with the latest WLTP (Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedures) certification. The battery is guaranteed for 8 years or 160,000 km.

Three Charge Modes

Charging in three charge modes are possible:

1.       Via a conventional domestic socket, or for a full charge in 16 hours, using a heavy-duty Legrand Green UpT socket;

2.      From a Wall Box, providing a full charge in 5 hours 15 minutes using the three-phase version (11 kW)

3.      Or in 8 hours for the single-phase (7.4 kW) version; using a 100kW DC public charging terminal, 80% of the charge is reached in 30 minutes. 

First Impressions

The new Peugeot 208 is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor, with wide shaped wings, body curves, a pared-back windscreen and a longer, sculpted bonnet underscore the sporty look, with the familiar Peugeot full LED 3-claw headlight signature, dependent on trim, is immediately recognisable. The front bumper contains an integrated, single outlet radiator grille in the centre, bearing the Peugeot Lion. The tip of the bonnet shows off the 208 badge. 

The rear end of the new Peugeot208 stands out with a black band running the width of the boot lid, linking the 3-claw daytime running lights. The rear spoiler is available in a gloss black finish and, depending on the engine variant, may be enhanced by a chrome exhaust tail pipe.  

In addition to standard body colours and the optional Black Diamond roof, the 2020 208 is on offer with a range of tints: Faro Yellow; triple coat Vertigo Blue; Elixir Red with additional topcoat that deepens the colour depth. 

Inside Story

Drivers sit facing a new-generation of the Peugeot i-Cockpit, which depending on the trim, comes with a 3D instrument panel displaying information at two levels. On the upper digital pad, information is projected in hologram form: data is displayed closer or further away from the driver's eye depending on function, importance or urgency, thus increasing reactivity when most needed.

Sporting toggle switches, the new 208 is available with a 5, 7 or 10" touch screen, depending on trim and options selected.


In addition to the door bins and glovebox, there are 3 additional storage areas (depending on version), including a large storage area under the armrest between the front seats, an easy-access tray in front of the gear lever and a concealable storage space in the central console that can be used to discreetly induction-charge a smartphone. 

208 Driving Aids

This new 208 Peugeot comes with Drive Assist, forging the way to semi-automatic driving with its latest, best-in-segment generation of driving aids. Dependent on trim, there is a myriad of driving aids, available as standard or as an option;

  • ·Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Automatic Cruise Control Stop & Go
  • Lane Positioning Assistance
  • Full Park Assist with Flank-guard
  •  Automatic Emergency Brake Assist
  • Active Lane (or verge)
  • Keeping Assist
  • Driver Attention Monitoring
  • Automatic headlight dipping
  • Speed Limit Recognition and Recommendation
  •  Extended Traffic Sign Recognition (Stop, No Entry signs)
  • Active Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Electric parking brake.