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Peugeot 208: fantastic mpg… and textured paint?

Peugeot 208 with textured paint

Peugeot say this is the first production car to have textured paint

Need a new car? Our latest reviews have something for everyone: from sleek superminis like the revised Kia Rio and Peugeot 208, to Toyota’s seven-seat Prius+ hybrid and the hotly anticipated Jaguar XE.

Several cars have emerged from our lab in the last week: the Toyota Auris, Toyota  Prius+, Kia Rio and the Peugeot 208. One model has impressed us so much that we’ve made it a Best Buy.

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From the lab

These are the latest vehicles to run the Which? test lab gauntlet. Every model that goes into the lab will be driven for hundreds of miles and is subject to hundreds of tests.

Peugeot 208 (2012-) supermini – facelift

Peugeot’s popular 208 has received a facelift. There’s a new range of greener engines, one of which has seriously impressed us with 70+mpg figure in our realistic tests – a fantastic result (despite the official claim being 10mpg better).

70.6mpgThe new 1.6 diesel engine has an impressive fuel economy, saving you money at the pump

The 208 also has what Peugeot claim is a world first for a production car: textured paint.

The textured paint is relatively coarse to the touch, giving the car both a matt and bumpy finish. Naturally it’s totally subjective but, we at Which? thinks it’s a great addition, making an already nice looking car just that little bit sleeker.

But there’s more to a car than aesthetics and fuel economy. Find out how good this small car really is is by reading our updated Peugeot 208 review.

Kia Rio (2011-) supermini – facelift

2015 saw the Rio benefit from a mid-life facelift, gaining new bumpers front and rear, as well as restyled front fog-light housings for a fresher look. The interior also received a welcome upgrade, with the addition of gloss black trim detailing.

Read our Kia Rio review to find out if this is a car worth buying.

Toyota Prius+ (2012-) MPV – facelift

Ahead of the launch of the fourth generation Prius this month (we’re going to the launch and will shooting a video review, watch this space), the seven-seater version of the original hybrid has been revised. Its engines have been made officially Euro 6 emission compliant, and tweaks have been made to its exterior styling

It’s a pricey car, but is it worth the cash? Our Toyota Prius+ review will reveal all.

Toyota Auris (2012-) medium hatchback – facelift

The Toyota Auris’ mid-life nip and tuck has seen a revised engine range introduced alongside some much-needed revisions to both interior and exterior styling.
We’ve tested the new 1.2-litre turbocharged engine. Read our Toyota Auris review to find out if it’s good enough to be a Best Buy.

Jaguar XE

The Jaguar XE could be a class leader

First Drive reviews

These cars have either not yet been through our lab, or are currently being put through their paces by our independent experts. However, we have had the chance to drive them and have given our first impressions of each car:

Jaguar XE: one of the most hotly anticipated saloon cars of recent times, we’ve now driven the XE in two guises; the diesel R-Sport and the range topping ‘S’ trim.

Land Rover Discovery Sport: The Discovery Sport now has the company’s ‘Ingenium’ diesel engines – the same as the Jaguar XE. What did we think of it in this 4×4? Find out in our Discovery Sport First Drive.

Toyota RAV4 hybrid: The first ever hybrid version of the RAV4 has just launched in the UK – we’ve already given it a spin to find out if it’s a worthy addition to the 20 year-plus RAV4 legacy.

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