Peugeot 208 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The design-led 208 offers a quirky driving position, but can’t compete on the basics of practicality.
The new Peugeot 208 is only offered as a five-door hatchback with no three-door versions available, but space inside is no better than adequate, and those at six-foot or over will definitely feel a little snug in the back.
For the driver, visibility over the shoulder and out of the back is a little restricted and a particular bugbear around town. The steering is a little too light, which is a feeling made worse by the small steering wheel.
The iCockpit layout, which features the dials set high on the dashboard, is also a problem. The wheel has to be set low, otherwise the rim obscures the dials, and if you're tall, that can place the wheel virtually in your lap, making for an awkward driving position. Some people won't have a problem, but others might, so it's well worth trying before you buy.
One packaging plus point is with the e-208. Here, the electric motor sits under the bonnet, while the 50kWh battery pack lies under the rear seats. So, the interior remains the same as in other models, without any further loss of valuable space.
As we’ve said, Peugeot only offers the 208 as a five-door model - it’s 4,055mm long, 1,745mm wide and 1,430mm in height. These are reasonably compact dimensions, but they come at a cost. The Peugeot 208’s closest rival is arguably the Renault Clio and it incorporates a longer wheelbase, which provides more interior space for the driver and passengers.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
The 208’s CMP architecture clearly isn’t as well packaged as the Renault Clio’s new platform. The 208 feels more cramped in the rear and there’s not as much legroom, while access isn’t as easy as it could be. The rear seats fold in a 60/40 configuration if required.
Boot space is OK at 311 litres, but as in previous comparisons, the 208 again loses out to the Renault Clio and the SEAT Ibiza. The Ibiza has a 351-litre boot capacity, while the Clio offers 391 litres of load space, which poses a big question for buyers who might want to carry four people and luggage.
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 technologyThe 208 looks great and includes lots of new tech, but you’ll certainly pay for it.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe 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.