Plenty of bang for your buck

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The good people at Peugeot have brought about a new generation of their beloved small car, and it’s certain to bring about a whole new generation of Peugeot lovers.

Enter the all-new 208.

Peugeot has reinvented the principles that created the hugely successful 205, 206 and 207.

When designing the new 208, they approached the project as a complete regeneration in terms of structure, style, technology and the environment.

It has been redesigned, ready for a new era of drivers.

In its compact form, with reduced bodyweight, its high-performance engines emit minimal CO2 emissions.

There’s generous room, thanks in no small part to the well-designed rear seats, giving plenty of leg-room for passengers.

But let’s start with the driver. One of the really impressive features for me is the touch-screen console.

Generally speaking, I’m not a huge fan of these screens in cars, but Peugeot have included a system in the 208 that wouldn’t be out of place in most German executive saloons.

The interface is clean, modern and incredibly easy to operate. Bluetooth connection is a doddle, and music streaming is seamless.

The driving position is a true pleasure. It has been entirely redesigned to become completely intuitive and user-friendly. The driver instantly feels more connected with the car.

I admit that the size of the steering wheel came as a bit of a surprise to a larger-than-average chap like myself, but according to Peugeot it allows for a more natural grip and a greater feeling of agility – and who am I to argue?

The 208 sees a new take on Peugeot’s contemporary style.

No detail has been left to chance: the floating grille, new signature lights and the attractive boomerang rear lights are all beautifully thought out.

The interior lighting creates a sophisticated atmosphere.

The instrument displays, backlit controls and blue-tinged lighting that highlights the panoramic glass roof, available depending on the version chosen, all add to the contemporary feel of the 208 interior.

In the 208, there is a luxurious combination of comfort, safety, style and surprisingly good road holding.

In short, this is a Peugeot for a new generation of driver, offering style, technology, comfort and handling, and with a price of €17,835 for the 1.2-litre petrol model that I drove, it offers real value for money.

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