The new Peugeot 208 range has gone on sale in Australia with prices starting from $18,490.

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Peugeot Australia has high hopes for the new 208 as it seeks to further expand its leading marketshare in the luxury light car segment currently taken care of by the 207.

The new Peugeot 208, which has smaller exterior dimensions and is noticeably lighter than the 207 it replaces, will be available in a choice of three petrol engines across four specification levels. A diesel-powered 208 will not be available for the time being. The range starts with a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine that makes do with 60kW of power and 118Nm of torque. The three-cylinder choice will only be offered in the base spec Active model coupled to a five-speed manual.

Although it may appear as a bare-bones entry model, the 1.2-litre Active is relatively well packaged. For $18,490 you get a 7-inch touch screen that drives the 6-speaker sound system with steering-wheel controls, Bluetooth connectivity and USB port (no CD player), 15-inch steel wheels, body coloured mirrors and power windows. Safety is taken care of by six airbags that together with the active electronic safety features allow for a maximum five-star EuroNCAP rating under the new and tougher testing scheme introduced this year.

An additional $3,000 will get you a four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol with the same specifications and gearbox but now pumping out 88kW of power and 160Nm of torque. The 1.6-litre Active 208 manual is an odd choice as for an extra $500 you can find yourself in the Allure grade ($21,990) with the same engine but with the addition of dual-zone climate controlled air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, LED daytime running lights, automatic lights and wipers, sports seats and a leather steering wheel. You’ll end up paying $23,990 to get the same 208 coupled to a four-speed automatic.

The top of the range Allure Sport and Allure Premium are both priced at $26,490. The Sport offers the well known BMW-PSA engineered 1.6-litre turbocharged engine coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox. Power is up to 115kW while torque is 240-260Nm. This will be the sportiest of the new 208 range until the GTI arrives next year. The Premium makes do with the naturally aspirated 1.6-litre engine coupled to a four-speed auto but adds a Cielo glass roof with LED light guides, cornering fog lights, dark tinted rear windows, half leather seats and 17-inch alloy wheels. An extra $1500 will get you full leather seats.

All Peugeot 208s destined for Australia are made in France and Peugeot Australia will be offering a capped priced servicing scheme for the first three years. During that period the maximum yearly servicing cost will be $270, which is bound to entice buyers that have been previously scared away by potentially expensive servicing costs.

CarAdvice is currently at the launch of the new Peugeot 208, check back soon for a full review.

Peugeot 208 Pricing:

  • Active 1.2-litre 3-cylinder $18,490
  • Active 1.6-litre four cylinder four-speed automatic $21,490
  • Allure 1.6-litre four cylinder five speed manual $21,990
  • Alure 1.6-litre four cylinder four speed automatic $23,990
  • Allure Premium 1.6-litre four cylinder four-speed automatic $26,490
  • Allure Sport 1.6-litre turbocharged four cylinder six speed manual $26,490

Peugeot 208 Engine specifications:

  • 1.2-litre three cylinder (60kW, 118Nm) VTi engine with a five-speed manual gearbox. Combined fuel economy is 4.5L/100km while CO2 emissions are 104g/km).
  • 1.6-litre four cylinder (88 kW/160Nm) VTi engine with a five-speed manual gearbox (134g/km) or four-speed automatic. Combined fuel consumption is 5.8L/100km (m) and
  • 1.6-litre turbocharged four cylinder (115kW, 240/260Nm), six-speed manual gearbox. Combined fuel economy is 5.8L/100km (135g/km)