Peugeot 208 review - Interior, design and technology
The 208 looks great and includes lots of new tech, but you’ll certainly pay for it.
The Peugeot 208 has been designed to charm a new generation of customers. Inside and out, the approach is eye-catching and the quality of the interior is equally impressive.
Aside from some hard plastics across the doors and glovebox lid, and the piano black plastic that seems to highlight every fingerprint and light scratch, there are plenty of soft-touch materials across the dashboard and it feels really well put together. There are lots of nice design details too, like contrast stitching and configurable ambient lighting.
The 208 debuts the latest generation of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit. The entry-level Active gets the standard screen like on a 3008, but Allure Premium models and above add a 3D instrument panel. It works well, and on the move you find your eyes don’t have to adjust as much as they do with the regular i-Cockpit.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
All models receive Bluetooth and a DAB radio, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. A seven-inch touchscreen sits in the middle of the dash, which can be upgraded to a 10-inch version (standard on the e-208). It’s fiddly to use though, and nowhere near as simple to operate as the systems in the Fiesta, Ibiza and Polo.
Moving up the range to Allure models adds a smartphone charging plate and rear USB ports, while the Premium versions add 3D navigation that works with the touchscreen and includes a 3-year live-navigation subscription. This upgrade means you can access real-time updates on traffic conditions and suggested alternative routes. It also includes information on weather conditions, fueling stations and points of interest.
The premium GT Line trim brings front and rear parking sensors and a rear view camera, although doesn’t include sat-nav. A further upgrade to the all-electric e-208 GT is required to gain the full range of connected services.
In this review
- 1Peugeot 208 reviewThe Peugeot 208 has eye-catching looks and is pleasant to drive, but rivals are more practical and offer better value
- 2Engines, performance and driveWith petrol, diesel and all-electric versions, the 208 range offers great flexibility.
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsThe Peugeot 208 is expensive to buy and insure, but offers a range of frugal engines.
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe 208 looks great and includes lots of new tech, but you’ll certainly pay for it.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe design-led 208 offers a quirky driving position, but can’t compete on the basics of practicality.
- 6Reliability and safetyPeugeot customers rate improved quality and reliability, but the 208 misses out on a top safety rating.