Ending the Volkswagen Golf's long-running reign, the Peugeot 208 was named Europe's best-selling car in 2022 when it was also the most popular model in its domestic market. To maintain the strong sales momentum, the French marque part Stellantis is giving its subcompact hatchback a nip and tuck for the 2024 model year. It's shown here in the purely electric E-208 guise but the petrol model is getting the same updates inside and out.
Mirroring the tweaks we saw a couple of months ago on the 2008 facelift, the crossover's supermini version finally switches to Peugeot's updated lion badge. The three-claw motif is accentuated on the flagship GT trim level where the familiar light signature extends into the full-LED headlights to create a visual connection with the vertical bars mounted in the bumper. The grille has a different pattern now and comes with body-coloured accents to make it blend in with the bumper.
2024 Peugeot 208 facelift
This new face was originally introduced on the 9x8 endurance race car before the restyled 508 saloon and estate became the first road cars to adopt the revised front fascia. Peugeot also has fresh 16- and 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheel designs with a two-tone finish while hiding the four lug nuts behind an X-shaped centre cap with the new corporate logo. The colour used for the badging is also new (Basalt Grey) while the "E" for the purely electric model now comes in blue and white.
As for the cabin, it has been largely carried over, which isn't a bad thing since the 208 already had one of the most modern interiors in its segment thanks to the i-Cockpit. Going forward, all trim levels get a 10-inch touchscreen as standard equipment while the digital instrument cluster of the same size has a new design, plus a 3D effect on the GT model. Stick to the base Active version and it still has analogue dials flanking a 3.5-inch display.
Other changes include new ambient lighting for the 208 GT while the versions equipped with a six-speed manual transmission get a revised gearshift knob. The automatic models retain the selector Peugeot has been putting inside the car since early 2022. The steering wheel had to be updated to include the new logo, and its badge is also fresh. Black Alcantara upholstery with Adamite Green stitching is now optionally available on the GT, which also gets Adamite Green accents on the armrests and dashboard.
Rounding off the changes on the inside are extra USB ports, with the 208 Allure and GT getting three USB-C sockets as standard (two at the front, one in the rear), plus a USB-A port in the back. Speaking of charging your devices, the facelift also comes along with a beefier wireless charging pad (from 5W to 15W), which is standard on the GT model and optional on the Allure. Higher-definition cameras should make parking easier.
As far as engines are concerned, the cheapest version gets a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder unit sending 74 bhp to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. The more potent 100-bhp variant is linked to a six-speed manual. You'll be getting a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic by ordering the 208 with a mild-hybrid engine making either 99 or 134 bhp.
The E-208 is motivated by an electric motor rated at 154 bhp that gets its juice from a 51-kWh battery pack with enough energy for 249 miles (400 kilometres) in the WLTP combined cycle. Charging at 100 kW is supported, in which case it'll take less than 25 minutes to go from 20 to 80 percent. At 7.4 kW, you'll have to wait 4 hours and 40 minutes while at 3.2 kW it’s going to take 11 hours and 10 minutes.
Peugeot will have the facelifted 208 on sale in November. Since this generation was launched in late 2019, almost one million units have been sold.