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Two special editions of the Peugeot 208 launched

By raccars Published


A look at the Active Design and Allure Premium special editions of the Peugeot 208 supermini.

Peugeot is making a bid to further enhance the appeal of its 208 with the launch of two special editions.

Orders are being taking for the two special Peugeot 208s with the 66 registration which launched on September 1. The recently-revised 208 supermini is available as a five- or three-door hatchback, costing between £12,965 and £18,915.

Peugeot 208 Active Design

The Active Design is the first of the two new special editions. It is supposed to build upon the strengths of the Peugeot 208 Active, the 208’s sibling.

Active Design extras include 16-inch alloy wheels in Technical Grey and fog lights at the front. There is also the option of personalisation packs which can be used to add a contrasting colour on the grille, which boasts a graphic equaliser style. Other options include Peugeot lettering, fog lamp finishers and door mirrors in glossy black.

Buyers of the Peugeot 208 in Virtual Blue, Orange Power or Hurricane Grey paint can choose the Menthol White personalisation pack, offering detailing such as a bold flash of white on the black mirror caps. The Lime Yellow pack, meanwhile, is supposed to complement exterior main paints such as Nera Black, Hurricane Grey and Bianca White.

The Active Design 208 is available in five-door or three-door variants and measures 3,973mm in length and 1,739mm in width. Its turning circle is 11.2 metres, making it an option for congested areas where manoeuvrability is important. The boot offers a 311-litre capacity or 1,152-litres if the rear seats are put down.

The Peugeot 208 Active Design is powered by an 82hp, 1.2 PureTech petrol engine, which is teamed up with a five-speed manual gearbox.

It can get you from zero to 62mph in just over 12 seconds (12.2 seconds) and has emissions of 104g/km. These low emissions mean that at the current rate, tax would cost nothing in the first year and would be £20 per annum thereafter.

For Peugeot 208 special edition buyers interested in fuel consumption, the Active Design’s three-cylinder engine offers an average of 62.8mpg. This reduces to 51.4mpg for urban driving but can increase to 72.4mpg in the extra-urban cycle.

In terms of equipment, this special edition offers a seven-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth, cruise control, remote central locking, a digital radio, electric and heated door mirrors, USB input and 3.5mm jack, air-conditioning, electric front windows and a speed limiter. Prices start at £13,985.

Peugeot Allure Premium

The Allure Premium is designed to be a higher-specification alternative to the Active Design, and is based on the Peugeot 208 Allure trim.

Features which come as standard include 16-inch wheels in Matt Black, chrome mirrors, a panoramic roof, dark tint rear windows, parking sensors and reversing camera. The Allure Premium 208 also boasts satellite navigation, together with five-yearly European map updates.

Unlike the Active Design, the Allure Premium special edition is only available in five-door form and costs from £16,215.

It shares the same petrol engine as the Active Design, together with a five-speed manual gearbox, and there is a choice of Aluminium, Twilight Blue, Rioja Red, Bianca White and Hurricane Grey exterior paint.

Peugeot 208 Background

The Peugeot 208 was first revealed at the March 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The first models were all three-door hatchbacks, produced at Peugeot’s new Slovakian plant in 2011.

Production started in the French plants of Poissy and Mulhouse in 2012 when five-door hatchbacks were made available to Peugeot 208 buyers.

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