Peugeot 208 tyres

Peugeot has a lot riding on the success of the 208, perhaps more than it cares to admit. However, industry and consumer reviews have been very positive and upbeat about this car. Such praise will be very welcome: the 208’s predecessor, the 207, never really delivered what its maker hoped.

Maybe the success of the 205 has proved a double-edged sword for Peugeot, in that it became a benchmark against which all subsequent Peugeot hatchbacks would be judged. In particular, the 205 GTI defined both the hot hatchback of the 1980s and Peugeot’s knack for getting small cars right. Early reviews suggest that the 208 GTI may well be the first Peugeot since then to hark back to those halcyon days, even if it is restricted by tighter modern emission and safety regulations.

Certainly the new 208 looks the part, both inside and out. Economy is very good, from both petrol and diesel engines, and the car reportedly feels balanced to drive and handles well. It’s the same price as the Ford Fiesta, the car with which the 208 competes, but Peugeot’s ‘Just Add Fuel’ packages increase its attraction for private buyers. For company drivers, the 208’s economy goes hand-in-hand with low Carbon Dioxide emissions, meaning that it will be on every fleet manager’s radar.

It often seems that Peugeot has worked with Michelin since Adam taught Eve how to shrug. Interestingly, therefore, it is not Michelin but Bridgestone who supplies most original equipment tyres for the 208. Most models are factory-fitted with 15-inch wheels and tyres from Bridgestone’s Ecopia range as standard, while the GTI calls for 17-inch versions with low-profile Bridgestone Potenza tyres. In terms of factory-fitted volumes, Michelin’s Energy Saver tyres come only third behind these two. Unsurprisingly, given that the 208 is still such a new model, these factory-fitted ranges are etyres’ best-selling tyres for these cars, too.

Bridgestone markets its Ecopia tyres by highlighting their environmentally-friendly properties. From a driver’s perspective, these mean a quiet ride, increased fuel efficiency and comfort. They are known for their durability on a day-to-day basis, but they won’t suit a sportier driver. In contrast, the Potenza range from Bridgestone suits the 208 GTI perfectly, being engineered for use on more high-performance cars. In terms of grip on both wet and dry roads, they provide excellent roadholding and handling for a punchier driving style.

Michelin’s Energy Saver tyres are known, as their name would suggest, for their emphasis on fuel economy. High levels of durability combined with good grip ratings make these a popular choice for many small cars. One further option to consider is the same manufacturer’s Primacy range, designed for comfort and grip as well as a long tyre life. These are a popular choice for many Peugeot drivers.