Peugeot 208

Inside story

The all-black cabin is cloaked in a wealthy mixture of supplies, touches of brushed chrome and loads of hi-tech tools.  The upmarket textiles cowl the door-card inserts, headliner, windscreen pillars and dashboard inlay. There are additionally powered and heated wing mirrors, and a panoramic roof.

Measurement-wise, the five-door hatchback (no three-door variations can be found) measures 4.05 m lengthy, 1.74 m huge and 1.43 m excessive. The headroom within the again is considerably restricted as a result of sloping roofline. Additional again, the boot area gives a capability of 311 litres with the 60/40 rear seats within the upright place; 1,106 litres when folded flat.

i-Cockpit

The 208 is supplied with the carmaker’s notorious i-Cockpit structure that includes 4 components: a small steering wheel, head-up show (HUD), excessive centre console and touchscreen. And all of it makes excellent sense, offering an insulated, cocooned really feel to the cockpit. Extra particularly, the HUD data is projected in hologram type near the motive force’s eye-line, selling faster response occasions.

The small-diameter steering wheel has been redesigned with two flats to make it simpler to grip and supply the motive force with improved visibility and legroom. When you can simply see the instrument cluster over the steering wheel – relatively than peering by means of it – it does necessitate somewhat seat adjustment. It additionally requires much less steering effort when parking and manoeuvring round corners on the town.

The reconfigurable 12.3-inch instrument cluster – positioned instantly within the driver’s line of sight and above the sports activities steering wheel – provides 5 completely different show modes, managed from a button on the steering wheel. The read-outs are clear and crisp.

Positioned on the raised centre console is a ten-inch tablet-style touchscreen that’s geared up with capacitive know-how and angled towards the motive force. The touchscreen shows the standard automobile data – corresponding to journey knowledge and gasoline financial system – and pictures from the rearview parking digital camera.

Beneath the touchscreen is a row of six chrome-plated toggle piano keys to manage the radio, HVAC (subsequently utilizing cabin temperature sliders on the touchscreen), sat-nav, automobile parameters and telephone and cell functions.

On the connectivity entrance, all variations provide telephone mirroring, smartphone recharging pad and 3D navigation.

Voice management is operated by way of a button on the steering wheel. Voice instructions are relatively restricted however appeared to work effectively, all issues thought of. There isn’t any scarcity of USB sockets to energy up cell gadgets (two within the entrance and two within the again) plus a 12v energy socket within the entrance.

The 208 is obtainable in 5 trim ranges: Lively Premium, Attract, Attract Premium, GT and GT Premium trim ranges. Our canary yellow GT model has eight-colour ambient lighting inside, heated entrance seats and full LED headlights with Smartbeam Help. The seating design featured a tri-material Capy leather-based impact and Isabella fabric seat trim with lime inexperienced double sew element.

Superior driver help programs

The 208 comes geared up with a collection of superior driver help system (ADAS) applied sciences as commonplace, together with cease and go perform, lively lane departure warning; driver consideration warning; computerized adaptive headlamp main-beam; pace restrict signal recognition and advice; adaptive cruise management with cease perform (computerized gearboxes) and lively blind-spot monitoring.

Recycling issues

Peugeot states that the 208 and bigger 2008 SUV have a mean of 31% and 30%, respectively, recycled and pure supplies, which quantities to roughly 40 components. These embody using pure hemp fibres for dashboard reinforcements and recycled polypropylene on the spoilers (below the ground, below the tank, airbag and entrance/rear fenders) and within the entrance/rear bumpers. Each fashions additionally incorporate using recycled polyamide within the wheel covers and the consumption manifold, in addition to within the fan-motor meeting.

On the street

On stability, the eye-catching cabin appears to be like incredible and comes with a beneficiant record of normal tools, intelligent security know-how and an intuitive infotainment system. The second display screen with a cool 3D impact and slick animations helps this mannequin stand out in a busy market.  Rival fashions embody the Renault Clio (in all probability the closest), Vauxhall Corsa and VW Polo.