The newcomer brings the 208 ownership experience within reach of a wider audience, while still offering buyers an overall exceptional motoring package. The 208 Access 1.0 VTi showcases the French marque’s latest design language, but its three-door configuration adds a further element of youthful flair and sportiness to the already popular range.
The striking grille, with its black honeycomb grille and dark aluminium surround, is flanked on either side by boldly proportioned headlights, with close attention to fine detail as true of this entry-level model as it is across the 208 range. The boomerang-shaped tail lights are another visually distinctive feature, while the overall silhouette is sleek and wind-cheating, but also compact and athletic.
A smooth roofline and sculpted sides add to the dynamic aesthetics and the interior echoes the smart functionality of the entire 208 range. The front bucket seats and rear bench are upholstered in attractive, yet durable cloth upholstery, while the overall fit and finish is exemplary.
Standard equipment includes electric front windows, central locking, Isofix child seat mounts, and an on-board trip computer. ABS brakes with EBD and dual front airbags for the driver and front passenger ensure a high degree of active and passive safety, and a full-size spare wheel is standard.
The three-door Access 1.0 is powered by an efficient, in-line three-cylinder engine. The 999 cc unit has a maximum raptured output of 50 kW at 6 000 rpm, combined with a torque peak of 95 Nm at 3 000 rpm.
That urge is delivered to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. The 208 Access 1.0 VTi is a brisk performer, with a claimed 0-100 km/h sprint time of 14 seconds, and a 163 km/h top speed.
Of even greater interest is the Peugeot 208’s fuel efficiency, which comes to an impressive average of 4.3 litres/100 kilometres it is said. Open-road consumption drops to an exceptional 3.8 litres/100 kilometres.
The three-door Peugeot 208 Access 1.0 VTi is covered by a three-year warranty, as well as Peugeot’s Premium Plan – a five-year/60 000 kilometre maintenance plan – as standard. At R147 500 the pricing represents value and affordability, making it an ideal purchase for first-time buyers.