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Peugeot Re-Energize The 208

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Peugeot's popular 208 has been re-energised and it now sports a new 'macho' style, with an optional textured paint and new two tone headlights...

Peugeot’s 208 is incredibly popular in the UK, so any changes would have to be carefully thought out to appease a public that has fallen in love with the car’s superb curves and pin-sharp handling.

Updated for summer 2015, the 208 now comes with optional textured paint that has the feel of a man’s stubble.

There are some equally bold colour options as well. Try the coffee-coloured Ice Grey, or the Ice Silver, which can be bought in the Allure and Active models with a startling Lime Yellow pack.

The new looks and tweaks reflect the French firm’s general move up the market. It’s also become a little more masculine, at least in GTi form, with a menacing Matt Black with Lacquered Red look.

The bodywork is now a touch more macho as well. There’s a deeper, wider grille, a newly designed front bumper and two-tone headlights with neat use of chrome and black.

At the back, lights are redesigned to showcase a lion’s claw, set to become a Peugeot icon, and new chrome along the flanks gives the 208 a striking new profile.

The tough-guy exterior of the Peugeot 208 hides a soft centre. There are plenty of soft-touch plastics in the cabin, plus dome delicious high-gloss black and aluminium. Even the Active trim gets a leather steering wheel that’s small enough to evoke the sporty control of go-karting.

The 208 is luxurious and desirable, but it’s great to drive, too. The manual version has smooth and slick changes and it takes rural bends without complaint. Change-ups on the automatic are equally seamless.

Want to save on fuel? You could do a lot worse than the 1.6-litre BlueHDi. Official figures suggest returns of over 94mpg, but independent testing has achieved figures far north of that. Emissions are planet-friendly, too, at just 79g/km – the best of any non-hybrid.

As if all that wasn’t enough, the latest incarnation of the 208, which will be in UK showrooms in mid-June, will also feature advanced safety features. These include reversing cameras, Park Assist and more.

Performance isn’t too shabby, either. You can get from 0-62 in the 1.2-litre petrol version in 10.7 seconds on the back of its 108bhp and you’ll top out at 118mph.

The Peugeot 208 is the French firm’s best-selling model. It’s cost-effective to own and pleasing on the eye. With these new, upmarket tweaks and a more masculine edge, the fan base can only widen even further.

Interested in a new 208? You can book a test drive today at your local Richard Hardie Sunderland, Ashington and Durham dealerships!

Driving Test Changes In December 2017

Driving Test Changes In December 2017

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

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

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...