Long term report: Peugeot 208


Long term report: Peugeot 208

The months with our 208 continue to fly by, and this month we hit a bit of a milestone in KR62VPO's life – its first service. Bless.

We trotted down to Hamble Motors Southampton and – after a bit of booking confusion at their end – we were in business.

Hamble seemed to disagree with the Pug's service intervals, too. We took it in just after its 12,000 mile birthday, spanner light glowing in resplendent glory, but the chaps on the service desk were under the impression it needed to chart up another 8,000 miles first. Strange.

Still, 24 hours and £170 later, the 208 was back in our possession with a nice red stamp in the service book – not the highest servicing costs, but not the lowest either.

The check-up did highlight a bit of a blip in the Peugeot's health record though – a dead rear wash/wipe motor. Evidently none of us had spotted it, but Hamble have ordered a new one which they'll be popping in under warranty.

Aside from that, the 208 continues to soldier on. This month it's mostly been in the hands of our head of video, Nige, who's been weighing the poor hatchback down with copious bags of cameras, lights and beefy looking tripods before jetting off to locations far and wide. Have either of them complained? Not one bit.

The knowledge

Model: Peugeot 208 Active Vti 1.2
Price: £14,550 (as tested)
Engine: 1.2-litre, petrol
Power: 82bhp, 118Nm
Max speed: 109mph
0-60mph: 13.8s
Emissions: 104g/km
Mileage this month: 468
Costs this month: £170 service