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.