The Peugeot 208 has been named as the 2020 European Car of the Year, and is the brand’s first supermini to win the award.
The second generation 208 is available only a 5-door hatch, but is for the first time is available with an electric powertrain, as well as traditional gas and diesel engines.
It beat two pure EVs (the Tesla Model 3 and Porsche Taycan) which took the other podium slots.
The 208 was nominated as the first choice of 17 out of the 60 judges, and easily beat the Model 3 in overall votes.
The final votes for all the finalists were:
- 281 votes – Peugeot 208
- 242 votes – Tesla Model 3
- 222 votes – Porsche Taycan
- 211 votes – Renault Clio
- 209 votes – Ford Puma
- 152 votes – Toyota Corolla
- 133 votes – BMW 1-Series
One judge said the 208 is “a car that combines safe and rewarding driving performance with a highly appealing exterior and interior style,” and another said it was “the best small Peugeot in years: It looks great, comes with competitive powertrains and even an EV with more than adequate performance.”