the hybrid suits him very, very well

The small, already widely known 3-cylinder engine was inaugurated as a hybrid by the old generation of 3008 last year. On the menu: 136 horsepower, instead of 130. And, above all, a hybridization that works like a stop and start widened: the engine cuts off when you stop accelerating, and you can temporarily drive on pure electric power. Surprising. Because this 208 is a so-called “light” hybrid. SO, a priori, little pure electric driving and a limited gain in consumption. Well, it’s the opposite!

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Operation: progressive and smooth, with pep!

The central screen offers a redesigned multimedia system on the restyled 208s. The touch controls are duplicated by keys just below. Overall quite practical. | J-REMY MACCHIA
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The central screen offers a redesigned multimedia system on the restyled 208s. The touch controls are duplicated by keys just below. Overall quite practical. | J-REMY MACCHIA

From the first turns of the wheel, you notice that the electric mode intervenes quite generously at low speed. A small whistle accompanies acceleration when you turn on the electric motor or as the batteries recharge when slowing down. But it’s ultra discreet. More noticeable is the increase in engine braking when you lift your foot: this is the moment when the hybrid system battery recharges. A little surprising at first, but you gradually get used to it. Fitted as standard, the robotic gearbox is no longer the same as before: 6 speeds instead of 8. And still very smooth operation when changing gears. The most surprising thing is the tone of the little 3-cylinder: what responsiveness, what vitality! With its very good road handling, this 208 becomes joyful to drive, with a lively and communicative temperament.

Consumption: records of sobriety

At just over 4 m long, it’s difficult to provide much legroom in the rear. But the seat is comfortable for three. And the trunk offers a decent volume. | J-REMY MACCHIA
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At just over 4 m long, it’s difficult to provide much legroom in the rear. But the seat is comfortable for three. And the trunk offers a decent volume. | J-REMY MACCHIA

Consumption appears to be particularly low. On the road, in eco-driving, the car made do with 4.5 liters. Even more surprising, on the highway, only 6.1 l and, in town, 3.7 l! There is also a slightly cheaper 100 hp version in the catalog: €1,200 less. And she’s even more sober! On the road, we went down to 4.3 l. if the 36 hp less translates into lower performance figures, the pep felt remains very present.

Not given, but ultimately well placed

Like all hybrids, this 208 does not give a free pass in terms of prices. But seeing what the competition offers, the prices are ultimately well positioned. The surprise comes from the comparison with the Renault Clio: although less powerful than the Clio hybrid (145 hp), the 208 turns out to be more efficient! Both from the figures and from the impression felt. Certainly, a hell of a number, this 208!

We liked

Beautiful mechanical liveliness, safe and lively driving behavior, impressive sobriety, generous equipment, fairly simple access to the screen menus, comfortable bench seat for three.

We appreciated less

High price, firm suspension, brake pedal too sensitive, engine braking too marked and irregular depending on whether the batteries are empty or not.

208 Hybrid from €23,550

Version tried: 208 Hybrid 136 GT, €27,220

Length : 4.06m

Chest : 265 l

Engine : 3-cylinder turbo petrol, 1,199 cm3, 136 hp

Performance. 210 km/h, 0 to 100 km/h: 8.1 seconds.

Mixed consumption: 4.6 liters

CO2 : 104 to 106 g/km depending on equipment

Bonus Malus : neutral

Main equipment

17-inch aluminum rims, LED headlights, keyless opening and starting, electrically folding mirrors, front and rear radars, reversing camera, 10-inch 3D digital dashboard, 10-inch touch screen, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, charger induction laptop, two USB sockets at the front, 2 at the rear, automatic air conditioning, electric driver’s seat.

The rivals

Opel Corsa 1.2 Hybrid GS, €27,300

Opel Corsa 1.2 Hybrid GS, €27,300 | J-REMY MACCHIA
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Opel Corsa 1.2 Hybrid GS, €27,300 | J-REMY MACCHIA

First and Germanic cousin, exactly the same mechanics. Very firm suspension. Less expensive.

Renault Clio E-Tech Esprit Alpine, €27,700

Renault Clio E-Tech Esprit Alpine, €27,700 | J-REMY MACCHIA
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Renault Clio E-Tech Esprit Alpine, €27,700 | J-REMY MACCHIA

Less smooth operation, exemplary finish, very rich equipment, well placed price.

Toyota Yaris 130h GR Sport, €30,450

Toyota Yaris 130h GR Sport, €30,450 | J-REMY MACCHIA
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Toyota Yaris 130h GR Sport, €30,450 | J-REMY MACCHIA

Great sobriety, firm suspension, very ordinary interior presentation, poor carpet. Dear.

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