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Car Review

Peugeot e-208 review

£31,145 - £36,195
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Published: 05 Dec 2023
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Interior

What is it like on the inside?

There's a fair bit of wow factor in here for a small car. The mid-to-upper specs get pretty lavish trim materials, and the top GT has contrast stitching, multi-colour ambient lighting, plus Peugeot's eye-candy 3D display for the driver's binnacle. If you like actual instrument dials, they come on the base spec.

The tiny, low-set steering wheel is Peugeot’s interior USP, like it or loathe it. The compactness of the dashboard display means it can be mounted nice and high, letting you see the driving information over the steering wheel rim rather than through it. People fall into two camps here – the set-up is great if you sit quite upright, but less so if you’re more of a recliner. 

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What about the cabin?

If you mostly travel with just one or two of you then the e-208 is pretty solid. The front seats are great. Life in the back isn't so good: the door apertures are pretty small and there's noticeably less legroom than in the VW Group superminis. Headroom is also limited in the outer seats, the roof curving inward.

The boot's not a bad size, but there's nowhere under the floor to store your charging cable. It just lives in a fabric holdall, with only Velcro to stop it slithering about.

And the infotainment?

Fortunately Peugeot hasn’t gone too crazy with getting rid of buttons, unlike some other carmakers. The touch sensitive buttons underneath the screen can be a bit fiddly at first but they're useful, giving you quick access to a driver-assist screen, homescreen and climate screen. Below them we find very nice metallic physical switches for functions including hazards, locking and max demist.

The touchscreen system's size and resolution improves as you ascend the trim levels. It offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard across all specs too, which is useful. We also like the neat little cubby with rotating door to stash your phone in. Native in-car navigation comes as part of a connectivity pack.

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