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Peugeot 208 hatchback - Interior & comfort

Innovative features and a stylish design make the 208's interior a real highlight

While the 208's driving experience may lack sparkle, the interior is the biggest highlight. The French manufacturer has already had great success with the design of the latest Peugeot 3008 and 5008, and this know-how has been successfully transferred into its popular supermini.

Peugeot 208 dashboard

There's an impressive amount of soft-touch material inside the 208 it feels well built, even if the swathes of piano black plastic are likely to pick up scratches. Neat touches lie almost everywhere you look, from the lime green contrasting stitching of our test car to the piano key-style switches and ambient lighting. It makes most rivals feel old-fashioned, but the materials in the Renault Clio are slightly nicer.

Even entry-level models get a digital instrument cluster, but Allure Premium trims and above add a 3D version of Peugeot's i-Cockpit. This works well and feels easy on the eye once on the move, but i-Cockpit can still be problematic if your ideal driving position sees the steering wheel block part of the display. A seven-inch touchscreen occupies the middle of the dashboard and can be upgraded to 10 inches, but Peugeot's infotainment setup is still less intuitive than the systems found in the Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo. Every version of the 208 includes a DAB radio, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.

Equipment

There are five trim levels called Active Premium, Allure, Allure Premium, GT and GT Premium, and each is offered with petrol, diesel and electric power. Active Premium versions get 16-inch alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights with the fang design, along with pre-heating for the e-208. Allure adds 17-inch wheels, a black B-pillar, leather-effect upholstery, 3D i-Cockpit and LED rear lights. Allure Premium adds a 180-degree reversing camera along with a 3D version of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit with a head-up display.

Sporty GT spec cars get Connected 3D Navigation with European mapping and a three-year subscription to TomTom Live functionality including real-time traffic updates, local weather and fuel prices. There are 17-inch alloy wheels, eight-colour ambient lighting, LED headlights, black wheel arches, twin exhaust pipes (except the e-208) and a black contrasting roof. Standard safety equipment includes front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking with night function.

Flagship GT Premium models benefit from keyless entry, a unique 17-inch alloy wheel design and heated front seats trimmed in a mix of Alcantara and ‘Isabella’ cloth. Safety upgrades include adaptive cruise control and lane positioning assist on automatic models.

Options

There's a small list of options for the 208 but it's possible to tailor it to your taste with a panoramic sunroof, metallic or pearlescent paint and upgraded Nappa leather upholstery. The latter also brings heated front seats and electric adjustment for the driver's seat.

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