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.
Dimension-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 house supplies a capability of 311 litres with the 60/40 rear seats within the upright place; 1,106 litres when folded flat.
The 208 is supplied with the carmaker’s notorious i-Cockpit format that contains 4 parts: a small steering wheel, head-up show (HUD), excessive centre console and touchscreen. And all of it makes good sense, offering an insulated, cocooned really feel to the cockpit. Extra particularly, the HUD info is projected in hologram type near the driving 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 driving force with improved visibility and legroom. Whilst you can simply see the instrument cluster over the steering wheel – quite than peering by it – it does necessitate a bit 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 straight within the driver’s line of sight and above the sports activities steering wheel – presents 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 outfitted with capacitive expertise and angled towards the driving force. The touchscreen shows the same old car info – reminiscent of 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 regulate the radio, HVAC (subsequently utilizing cabin temperature sliders on the touchscreen), sat-nav, car parameters and cellphone and cell functions.
On the connectivity entrance, all variations provide cellphone mirroring, smartphone recharging pad and 3D navigation.
Voice management is operated by way of a button on the steering wheel. Voice instructions are quite restricted however appeared to work effectively, all issues thought-about. There isn’t a scarcity of USB sockets to energy up cell units (two within the entrance and two within the again) plus a 12v energy socket within the entrance.
The 208 is accessible in 5 trim ranges: Energetic 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 methods
The 208 comes outfitted with a set of superior driver help system (ADAS) applied sciences as normal, together with cease and go perform, energetic lane departure warning; driver consideration warning; automated adaptive headlamp main-beam; velocity restrict signal recognition and suggestion; adaptive cruise management with cease perform (automated gearboxes) and energetic blind-spot monitoring.
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 embrace the usage of 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 the usage of recycled polyamide within the wheel covers and the consumption manifold, in addition to within the fan-motor meeting.
On the street
On steadiness, the eye-catching cabin seems implausible and comes with a beneficiant record of ordinary tools, intelligent security expertise and an intuitive infotainment system. The second display with a cool 3D impact and slick animations helps this mannequin stand out in a busy market. Rival fashions embrace the Renault Clio (most likely the closest), Vauxhall Corsa and VW Polo.