Stepping past the least costly 208, the manual-gearbox Access, and spending more for an auto Access also brings you the more powerful, turbocharged version of the 1.2 litre engine.
Spending more again for a 208 Active brings you the auto gearbox and turbo 1.2 engine as standard. You also get a leather trimmed steering wheel, front fog lights, and bright, long-lasting LED daytime running lights. There is a better, Arkamys brand, audio system, controllable from a 7.0-inch touchscreen. Rear parking sensors give you an audible indication of how far the bumper is from obstacles.
The Active has 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels, which are lighter and better looking than the 15-inch steel wheels with plastic covers that come on either 208 Access. The bigger wheels are wrapped in lower profile tyres, which sharpen the steering a bit.
Spending still more for a 208 Allure gets you, in addition, satellite navigation, dual zone climate control (which lets you set different temperatures for each side of the cabin), and front parking sensors. A city park system can steer the car into parking spaces automatically. Windscreen wipers operate automatically when it rains, headlights switch on by themselves when it’s getting dark, and there are fog lights which shine into corners. You also gain the possibility of adding automatic emergency braking, as an optional extra.
Springing for a 208 GT-Line brings the look and feel of a 208 GTi, almost, but without the firmer ride and extra power. The changes include sports front seats, which have deeper side bolsters that give you extra support during quick cornering, 17-inch alloy wheels with tyres of a lower profile again, and a suite of sporty interior and exterior cosmetic upgrades.
Auto-braking is available optionally on the GT-Line as well. Among other options available on some but not all 208s are front seat heaters, leather seat trim, a power operated panoramic sunroof, and a reversing camera.
Choosing the most expensive 208, the 208 GTi, gets you a big increase in engine power and cornering ability – the latter from stiffer springs and firmer damping. The GTi comes with seats trimmed in a mix of leather and cloth, as well as sporty interior touches such as red trim highlights, a race-car style flat-bottomed steering wheel with sculpted thumb-grip areas, and aluminium covers for the control pedals. On the outside, you get different 17-inch alloy wheels, dual chrome exhaust tips, a different front grille and a rear spoiler.