The Peugeot 208 has won the 2020 European Car of the Year and it will be coming to South Africa before the end of 2020.
Peugeot's compact 208 is a rival to the Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio and Mazda2 to name but a few. It managed to see off strong competition in the form of the BMW 1 Series, Ford Puma, Porsche Taycan, Renault Clio, Tesla 3 and Toyota Corolla to clinch the win.
The European Car of the Year judges are 60 automotive experts from across Europe. Built on a new platform that's 30kg lighter, the new 208 is powered by a range of four engine options. Three output grades of Peugeot’s 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine will be on offer (56-, 75- and 97 kW), with the most powerful turbocharged engine driving the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The entry-level 56 kW engine is unboosted and shifts gear via a five-speed manual, whilst the mid-grade 75 kW option offers both six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic shifting. A sole alternative fuel engine will be available too, a 75 kW 1.5-litre turbodiesel. There's also an electric version called the e-208.
Peugeot South Africa confirmed the all-new Peugeot 208 will make landfall towards the end of 2020.