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Peugeot is one of the oldest automakers in the world, dating back to 1810. However, the French firm started out by making coffee mills and bicycles and didn’t build its first car, a steam-powered three-wheeled vehicle, until 1899. Peugeot switched to gasoline engines in 1890 and became the first manufacturer to fit rubber tires to such a vehicle. Peugeot is part of Groupe PSA, which as of 2019 also includes automakers such as Citroen, DS, Opel, and Vauxhall. Peugeot has been one of the biggest and most important carmakers in Europe since the 1950s and it’s also an important player in emerging markets. The brand is famous for the reliability of its cars with many decade-old vehicles still being used in countries from Africa and Asia.

Peugeot has produced five winners of the prestigious European Car of the Year award. The 504 won the prize in 1969, followed by the 405 in 1998, and the 307 in 2002. More recently, Peugeot won the award with the 308 in 2014 and the 3008 in 2017. Peugeot also has a successful motorsport division. Important achievements include five World Rally Championship wins, seven Dakar Rally wins, three 24 Hours of Le Mans wins, and two World Endurance Championship wins. Peugeot entered the U.S. in 1958, but exited in 1991, after 33 years, due to slow sales and uncompetitive models compared to locally built and imported cars. The French brand has yet to return since then, but word has it Groupe PSA is looking to come back to North America in the next decade.

What is the Cheapest Peugeot?

Peugeot’s current offering in Europe includes 10 nameplates and their derivatives, ranging from subcompact city cars and wagons to crossovers and vans. The most affordable vehicle from the French brand is the Peugeot 108, priced from £11,935. Introduced in 2014 as a successor to the 107, the 108 is heavily related to the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo, sharing the chassis, engines, transmission, and electrics. A small city car, it’s powered by three-cylinder engines and is devoid of the fancier features you can find in larger, modern Peugeots. The 108 moved almost 60,000 units in 2018, ranking 11th out of 20 nameplates that the French firm sells globally. A fully equipped 108 costs £14,255 as of 2019, which is still cheaper than the second most affordable Peugeot, the 208, priced from £14,905.

What is the Sportiest Peugeot?

Peugeot made a name for itself in the performance car market in the 1980s. Following its success in the World Rally Championship, it started offering higher-performance versions of some of its nameplates with the "GTI" badge. The legacy survived to this day and is currently available through the Peugeot 308 GTI. A beefed-up version of the 308 hatchback developed by Peugeot Sport, the GTI features a turbocharged, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 262 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. That’s an extra 37 horses over the 308 GT and twice as much compared to the non-GTI 1.6-liter engine, rated at 131 horsepower. On top of the more powerful engine, the 308 GTI also features an electronic limited-slip differential, a lowered ride height, and a stiffer suspension. The 308 GTI sprints to 62 mph in six seconds, to go with a top speed of 155 mph. Pricing for the 308 GTI starts from £30,125.

What is the Most Popular Peugeot?

The 208 hatchback is the most popular Peugeot globally. With 294,876 units sold around the world in 2018, the 208 actually experienced a 10 percent decline compared to 2017, but it remains by far the most popular nameplate of the French firm, with almost 30,000 extra units sold over the 3008 crossover. The 208 was redesigned in 2019 and sales should increase towards the end of the year. Reasons that make the 208 such a popular choice include an affordable price for the base model - £14,905 in the United Kingdom - and availability and manufacturing in several emerging markets. The 208 is being manufactured on all continents sans North America, with factories in France, Brazil, Malaysia, Slovakia, Iran, and Algeria.

What is the Most Expensive Peugeot?

The Traveller Business van is the most expensive Peugeot as of 2019. Priced from £34,165, it costs a bit more than the range-topping versions of the 3008 and 5008 crossovers, and notably more than the 508 sedan, which Peugeot describes as a luxury car. The Traveller Business is a more upscale version of the Traveller passenger van and features an enhanced interior designed for passenger comfort. It can haul up to eight people, but the VIP version turns into a lounge for up to five people. It also features tri-zone climate control, tinted windows, retractable trays, glass roof panels, and Peugeot’s latest technology and convenience systems.

What is the Fastest Peugeot?

The most powerful Peugeot in the lineup, the 308 GTI, is also the quickest. With a sprint to 62 mph of six seconds, the 308 GTI is at least a half-second quicker than any other Peugeot in the lineup. Its top speed, on the other hand, is matched by the range-topping version of the 508 sedan. Both vehicles can hit 155 mph, an impressive figure given that most Peugeots struggle in the 120-to-130 mph range.

Are Peugeot Cars Reliable?

Peugeots are generally regarded as reliable cars. This is partly because several older Peugeots are still being driven in African countries, but recent studies suggest that the company’s newer models are also reliable. The brand’s most reliable vehicles are the smaller and more affordable ones. Because of their status in the lineup, they lack the complex technologies that often have faults. They’re also cheaper and quicker to repair.

In recent years, several outlets placed Peugeot among the most reliable brands. In a Telegraph survey for most dependable car brands, Peugeot came in fifth place. ReliabilityIndex also put Peugeot in 14th place, with a reliability score above the industry average. The 308 hatchback and the 3008 crossover were mentioned as the company’s most reliable vehicles.

A survey by JD Power in the United Kingdom in 2019 also revealed that Peugeot is considered one of the most dependable brands on the market. Peugeot came in first place with the fewest problems per 100 vehicles, surpassing automakers like Skoda, Hyundai, Nissan, and Vauxhall. The same study revealed that the Peugeot 3008 is the second most reliable SUV after the Volkswagen Tiguan.

In the annual Driver Power study by Auto Express for 2018, in a survey that involved more than 80,000 drivers of cars aged between one and two years old, Peugeot came in first place as the best new car to own.