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Peugeot Facelifts The 208

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Peugeot has found new ways to personalise the 208 with a brand new facelift!

New ways of personalising the Peugeot 208 are part of a facelift from the French firm that seems squarely directed at taking trade away from the Mini and the Citroen DS3. Richard Hardie is the official Peugeot main dealer in the north-east of England.

The Peugeot 208 has proved to be a massive hit, selling 32,000 units last year and prompting fond memories of the 80s 205 among an older audience, while attracting a whole new breed of younger customer with its sleek looks and belting performance.

But Peugeot is keen to keep things fresh and has created new personalisation options, such as safety kit, a three-cylinder turbo and a 79g/km BlueHDI diesel, which will get you halfway to Neptune on one tank.

Changes are subtle. The front bumper is sharper, the grille wider and the headlamps prettier. There’s a new colour palette, 3D LED tail lights and some cool alloys.

But here comes the quirky bit. You can now personalise your 208 with option packs and special paint. How special can paint be? Try textured matte paint. Peugeot says this paint is ‘subtly granular to the touch’. On a more practical note, it’s more durable and easier to care for than conventional matte paint. Choose any colour you like, so long as it’s one of two shades of grey.

All engines now comply with Euro 6, while the 1.6-litre Blue HDi is claimed to be the most economical engine in the world. Recent independently verified figures of 141mpg would seem to bear this out. Officially, the figure is 94.2mpg, which isn’t too shabby either.

The 108bhp version, as seen in the DS3, sits better in the 208 and takes it to 62mph in 9.6 seconds, ably assisted by 205Nm of torque. And a tall fifth gear means that the 208 is in automotive heaven cruising on the motorway, sipping gently from the fuel supply through a straw like it’s an exotic and potent cocktail.

There’s a turbocharger now – not that that automatically makes it a hot hatch, as the suspension is a little soft – but you won’t be complaining at the performance.

Spec is impressive. Even in the base model, the Access, you’ll get air-con, Bluetooth, six airbags and cruise control. The Active gets alloy wheels and DAB. Go for the Allure and enjoy automatic lights and wipers, big rims and rear parking sensors.

For the whole hog, you’ll want the GT Line. It has sporty features and automatic climate control as standard. For just £250, you can have Active City Stop, in case you’re prone to crashes while blinking, and £400 will get you satnav.

Practicality and interior quality are superb, with a 285-litre boot and a seven-inch touchscreen on all but the basic model.

You can pick up the facelifted Peugeot 208 for around £16,000 at any of Richard Hardie’s north-east showrooms in Ashington, Durham, Sunderland.

Driving Test Changes In December 2017

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Posted on: 4th Dec 2017

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have confirmed that from today (Monday 4th December), changes to the driving test are now in effect.

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

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Posted on: 15th Nov 2017

With the cold winter days fast approaching and the dark nights now here, driving can be a daunting experience. Whether youíre driving to work, the shops or travelling to a relativeís home for Christmas ensuring your car is in full working condition is essential. Sometimes though, we forget some of the rules of the road during the colder months; rea...

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

Posted on: 26th Oct 2017

Arriving to Richard Hardie Peugeot Centres in January 2018, the All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV is set to make heads turn with its sharp robust design. If you canít wait till January, Richard Hardie Ashington and Durham are holding exclusive preview events in November. See the bottom of this article to book your appointment!

Richard Hardie Raise £254 on Macmillan Coffee Morning

Richard Hardie Raise £254 on Macmillan Coffee Morning

Posted on: 3rd Oct 2017

On Friday 29th September 2017 our Richard Hardie Group participated in the world's biggest coffee morning. We baked, bought and ate cake to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. We had a great day eating cake and playing various fundraising games and in all we raised £253.64 between our five Centres in Ashington, Durham, Newcastle, Silverlink a...