Give it some beans and the Puretech 1.2 thrums away in typical three-cylinder fashion. With 108bhp it’s not exactly fast and it feels long-geared, but it will still get you off the line and up to 62mph in 9.6sec.
There’s also enough mid-range punch to haul you along comfortably while returning a decent 62.8mpg; CO2 emissions match the class best, too.
It’s a shame that Peugeot didn’t take this opportunity to refresh a few of the other things that let the old car down. The five-speed manual gearbox, for example, sticks with its long throw and loose gate, and it never feels satisfying to use.
The optional six-speed auto works reasonably well, however. The upshifts are smooth, although it can jerk a bit as it drops back into the lower gears around town.
The steering, as before, lacks feel, while the small wheel, combined with an eager rack, continues to make the car a little pointy. Meanwhile, the brakes are a touch over-assisted and grabby at low speeds.
Where the 208 excels is ride comfort - as long as you avoid the larger 17in wheels. The suspension rarely gets troubled, even by the most rotten roads, and could happily fool you into thinking you’re in something larger and grander than a supermini.
However, what you gain in compliance is lost in the car’s composure through bends. As before, when you start to hustle the 208 down a fast B-road there’s a fair degree of body roll.
It also pitches and dives on the brakes, or under acceleration, as the previous model did. It’s a decent handling car in the main, but if you’re looking for a fun drive, the Ford Fiesta still rules the roost.
It’s a familiar theme in the cabin, too. Peugeot has stuck with its controversial i-Cockpit design, so some people will find it tricky to see all of the dials, depending on their height and driving position.
Otherwise it’s good, with a broad spectrum of seat and wheel combinations to keep drivers of various sizes happy. The front seats are also comfortable and put you in a commanding position overlooking the stylish dashboard.
It remains a spacious cabin that will seat four adults as well as any supermini reasonably can (although models fitted with a panoramic roof have limited headroom) and the 285-litre boot is about average for the class.
The standard 7.0in touchscreen includes software upgrades and new apps, plus a new Mirror Screen function which allows you to display your smartphone, with all its apps, on the infotainment system.
There are also new optional features, such as city brake assist, which helps prevent front-end collisions, and a rear-view parking camera, which should help avoid rear-end shunts. Parking assist is now also available for the first time on the 208 range.