Review: With a 1.6 liter engine and manual transmission, the Peugeot 208 Like is attractively priced and handles well.

Review: With a 1.6 liter engine and manual transmission, the Peugeot 208 Like is attractively priced and handles well.

Photo: Roberto Assuncao

The absence of a turbo does not remove the driving lightness of the new generation Peugeot 208. On the contrary, because the original 1.6 engine together with the five-speed manual transmission provides a progressive and adequate character for a compact proposal. This is a mechanical setupPeugeot 208 Like this, it is priced at R$85,490 – or just R$72,990 in online sales mode. And this attractive price does not mean that it is bare: among the standard items, it has digital air conditioning, alarm, electronic traction/stability controls, four airbags (two in front and two on the side) and 7” multimedia with Android Auto/ Apple CarPlay. with six speakers.

Built on the standard CMP platform (short for Common Season Platform), the two-zero-eight It offers a length of 4,055 m and a wheelbase of 2,538 m, which results in comfortable accommodation for up to four adults. However, in some dimensions, it is behind the rivals Chevrolet Onix, Hyundai HB20, Toyota Yaris Hatch and Volkswagen Polo (read more below).

Other characteristics of the Peugeot 208 Like cabin are seen in the dashboard that covers carbon, in selected fabrics, in two USB ports and in a good driving position due to the design of the seats and the steering column that can be adjusted in height. /depth – valued feature example of a forerunner. The luggage compartment is 265 liters, which increases to 311 liters after folding the backrest.

Comparison of specifications:
Chevrolet Onix
Height: 4.163 m
Width: 1,730 meters
Height: 1,476 meters
Between the axles: 2,551 meters
Stem: 275 liters

Hyundai HB20 Hatch
Height: 3,940 m
Width: 1,720 meters
Height: 1,470 meters
Between the axles: 2,530 meters
Stem: 300 liters

Toyota Yaris Hatch
Height: 4,145 m
Width: 1,730 meters
Height: 1,490 meters
Between the axles: 2,550 m
Stem: 310 liters

Volkswagen Polo
Height: 4.057 m
Width: 1,751 meters
Height: 1,468 meters
Between the axles: 2,565 meters
Stem: 300 liters

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On the outside, the Peugeot 208 Like looks show 15” steel wheels covered with covers, while the radiator grille offers chrome elements, as well as vertical daytime running lights (DRL) with a hint of “dandelions” shape. .

Peugeot 208 Like
Photo: Roberto Assuncao

No wonder the Like version is cheaper compared to the Active (from R$92,990 or R$82,990 for online sales). While we’re talking about your bag, the Kama Essential MT version is also available, which retails for manufacturer’s website starting at R$70,790. The latter, new for the 2022 line, does not offer a multifunction steering wheel and exchanges the 7″ multimedia for a sound system and a 5″ screen.

Mechanics without a turbocharger

The standard 1.6-liter engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission delivers up to 118 hp at 5,750 rpm of power and 15.47 kgfm of torque at 4,000 rpm, when fueled with ethanol. Many may complain about the absence of a turbocharger, but the mechanical installation is similar to the Peugeot compact proposal.

With continuous performance delivered on foot and without delay, the Peugeot 208 Like is a pleasure to drive, be it at low or medium revs. In fact, in the city, it is not necessary to increase the engine speed for the car to take, it is possible to make a change around 2,500 rpm without showing a lack of breath in sprints when faced with a rise in speed – to the extent, the difference in weight from 208 Like (1,095 kg for running order) to the fuller “brother” 208 Active (1,139 kg) is 44 kg.

The cooperation of the fifth manual gearbox is correct, however, the long stroke of the lever, especially the first, third and fifth, is not suitable. On the other hand, the activation of the clutch pedal is smooth and does not get tired in traffic. Another great feature of the Peugeot 208 is the speed and light power steering.

The suspension success deserves credit for the evolution over the old 208. After all, the set filters / takes the mistakes of our floor very well without distributing the dry end of the course to hit the cabin, whether when falling in holes or passing more quickly on speed bumps.

In addition, they ensure good body control during fast cornering. However, depending on the type of floor, it is possible to hear the noise of running tires. Pirelli P1 waist and dimensions 195/60. The brakes, on the other hand, use ventilated discs on the front axle and drums on the rear, with fine pedal adjustment.

The 15″ steel wheels use covers and wear Pirelli Cinturato P1 tires (Photo: Roberto Assunção)

As I said on another occasion, everything is a matter of priorities. And even without turbocharged mechanics, the Peugeot 208 is a great car to drive that also offers a good bag of standard items. However, anyone who wants to go further and enter the era of electrification, the Peugeot e-208 GT it is already on sale in Brazil for R$244,990.


Base price: BRL 70,790 (As Important sold online)
Rated car: BRL 85,490 (BRL 72,990 in online sales model)

Peugeot 208 Like
Engine: 4 cylinders in line 1.6, 16V, variable intake control
Transfer: 1587 cm³
Fuel: flex
Power: 115 hp at 5,750 rpm (g) and 118 rpm at 5,750 rpm (e)
Torque: 16.1 kgfm at 4,750 rpm (g) and 4,000 rpm (e)
Exchange: manual, five gears
Direction: electricity
Suspension: McPherson (d) and torsion axis


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