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The littlest Peugeot now comes with a 1.2-litre engine and a new six-six speed auto

28 Oct 2015

The share of market Down Under for manual shifters is miniscule and shrinking all the time, so much so that the lack of an automatic gearbox is a serious impediment to sales success.

It doesn’t matter how big or small the car, either. Even our smallest machines need to have – as an option at least – a decent self-shifter on the menu.

The Peugeot 208 certainly had the option of an automatic – but it was an outdated four-speed that was backed by a relatively thirsty 1.6-litre engine, and it wasn’t especially cheap at more than $21,000.

Now, though, the 208 has undergone a mid-life refresh, along with a realignment to bring its grade structure in line with its bigger sibling, the 308.

A base-model Access has been added, shifting the entry point for Peugeot to a record low of $15,900 (plus ORCs), while a new engine combo – a 1.2-litre/six-speed automatic set-up – can also be had for less than $20,000 for the first time.

There’s certainly nothing wrong with the 208’s chassis, and it’s a pretty sharp-looking proposition. Will the new powertrain give it the critical mass Peugeot so desperately needs?

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Model release date: 1 October 2015

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