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Peugeot 208 (2012–)

Last updated 9 May 2019

Length 3962–3973 mm
Width 1829–2004 mm
Height 1460 mm
Wheelbase 2538 mm
Boot Space 285–1076 L

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Peugeot has tried to break the mould with the 208’s cabin, which has a unique, tiny steering wheel. You look over the top of it, rather than through it, to see the stylish instrument binnacle. It’s a novel arrangement which you’ll either really love or really hate. The same goes for the centre stack, which features a touch screen system on most trim levels and does away with a CD player.

It’s not the nicest touch screen system to use but it certainly looks high tech – and it’s big, too. It features controls for navigation and audio, with iPod compatibility, and gives trip information and fuel economy. Meanwhile, controls for air conditioning are lower down and use physical buttons, rather than hiding away in a sub menu in the touchscreen. That makes them easy to reach without taking eyes off the road.

Material quality is better than it was on the old 207, with a soft touch dashboard covering and a neat, attractive layout. Lower down you’ll find harder plastics but they’re no worse than those you’d find in similarly priced cars and they should stand the test of time – or the test of children. Unfortunately it’s not all good news in the cabin.

Anyone who has owned a Peugeot or Citroen will be familiar with the fingertip audio and cruise control stalks mounted on the steering column – because they haven’t been changed since the 1990s. They’re not very nice to use and they really do feel out of date. Similarly, Peugeot hasn’t resolved some other typical French car bugbears – the glove compartment is too small to even fit the car’s handbook and the cupholders are too small.

Space isn’t too bad though. You’ll fit adults in the back if they’re not too tall and the boot is a good size, although it does have a pretty big load lip, which means heavy items can be a pain to get in and out – but chances are that most people won’t buy a little hatchback if they’re planning on starting a removals firm. For most, the boot will be fine.

Standard equipment on the base model car is okay, but you miss out on the touch screen system. However, going for a mid-spec car gets you most of the gear you’ll need. Upper trim levels are a bit on the expensive side based on list prices, but Peugeot is pushing its Just Add Fuel lease offer, which makes most vehicles in the range more affordable.

Standard Equipment:

Access trim comes with:

  • Steel wheels
  • Electric front windows
  • Remote controlled central locking
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Radio / CD player with steering column mounted controls
  • 3.5mm Jack for external audio device

Access+ trim gains over Active:

  • Colour coded door mirrors and door handles
  • Electric and heated door mirrors
  • Manual air conditioning with refrigerated glove box

Active trim gains over Active+:

  • 15" Azote alloy wheel
  • Front fog lights
  • Multifunction colour Touchscreen
  • USB input
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Split/fold rear seats

Allure trim gains over Active:

  • 16" Helium alloy wheel
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Chrome trim details
  • Sports seats
  • Passenger seat height adjustment
  • Leather Steering Wheel with satin chrome decoration
  • Visibility pack (automatic headlights, windscreen wipers & electrochrome rear view mirror)
  • Automatic Dual Zone Air Conditioning

Feline models are five-door only and gain the following over Allure trim:

  • 17’’ Oxygen technical grey alloy wheel
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Cornering assist fog lights
  • Black Ice Half Leather Trim
  • Centre armrest
  • Cielo panoramic glass roof with ambient lighting

XY models are three-door only and gain the following over Allure trim:

  • 17’’ Mercure anthra alloy wheel
  • Unique 'XY' grille in piano black with chrome inserts
  • Sports rear spoiler (THP156 models only)
  • Rear parking aid
  • LED indicators
  • Leather steering wheel & gearknob
  • Sports seats finished in Mithy premium trim
  • White LED instrument dial surround
List Price from £14,900
Buy new from £12,216
Contract hire from £163.61 per month

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