Europe’s best-selling vehicle looks ridiculous next to America’s

Europe’s Best-Selling Vehicle Looks Ridiculous Next To America’s

Peugeot 208 scale overlay on Ford F-150 highlights 72-inch length and 21-inch height difference


by means of Chris Chilton

January 24, 2023 at 7:14 PM


    Europe's best-selling vehicle looks ridiculous next to America's

by means of Chris Chilton



Up the vehicles your average American road are much more like those on the average European road than they were 40 or 50 years ago. But this graphic overlay reminds us that some things are still very different on either side of the Atlantic.

Unsurprisingly, Ford’s F-150 was the best-selling vehicle in the US in 2022. The iconic flatbed truck has been America’s favorite means of transportation every year for decades. Europeans are a little more fickle, always choosing a small hatchback and usually prefer VW’s Golf, but occasionally shifting their affections from one model to another. In 2022 the time had come The pocket-sized 208 from Peugeot.

You don’t have to see a European subcompact next to a full-size truck to know that one is much smaller than the other, but you’ll still gasp when they’re shown next to it and to scale, as in this image. We first saw it posted online by Reddit user gavarnie who had taken the photo using the Carsized website. If you haven’t checked out Car sized, it’s a nice tool that lets you overlay all kinds of vehicles, some from multiple angles, and gives the dimensions for each. Pedants will point it out which is the F-150 shown technically the previous model, but since that was also a best seller and the dimensions of trucks from 2021 are very similar, the comparison still stands.

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    Europe's best-selling vehicle looks ridiculous next to America's

In the case of the 208 and an F-150 equipped with the SuperCrew cab, the image shows us exactly how the 231.9 in (5.89 m) Ford’s extra length of 72.4 in (1.84 m) looks. In fact, the entire 208 almost fits within the F-150’s 145-inch (3.68 m) wheelbase. And this isn’t even the largest version of the F-150 available. Go for the 6.5ft rear box and you get almost 305mm more space between the axles.

And then there’s the height difference: the Ford towers 20.9 inches (531mm) above the Peugeot, the 208’s roof roughly matching the hood, waistline and driver’s elbow. It looks like the pug is ready to get crushed in a monster truck show. But it’s worth saying that while the 208 from Peugeot is not available in North Americathere are plenty of equally small cars, including the Mini, for sale on both continents.

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