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Peugeot 208 review - a supermini for keen drivers? - Peugeot 208 interior and tech

Not the best-driving car in the class, but GTi models prove there's a good chassis underneath Peugeot's supermini

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  • Neat ride and handling, strong turbocharged three-cylinder engine
  • Lacks body control in faster driving, steering light on feel

The Peugeot 208 was the first model to get the firm’s new ‘iCockpit’ design theme. While hardly a fundamental shift in interior design, it does place your main instrument panel higher on the dashboard, just below the base of the windscreen, and puts a smaller-diameter steering wheel in your hands, slightly lower than is traditional.

With everything correctly adjusted you should be able to see the dials clearly above the wheel while sitting comfortably in the seat – and Peugeot offers a reasonable range of adjustment on both the seats and wheel to facilitate this. Some drivers struggle to see the instruments in their favoured position, though most should be able to get comfortable.

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The dashboard design as a whole is more conventional, though Peugeot is one of many manufacturers now placing most of the car’s interior functions in its touchscreen, rather than using physical buttons. With practice it works well, but some functions do seem more long-winded than they would with physical buttons.

GT Line models get sporty touches such as aluminium-effect spokes on the steering wheel and metal-finished pedals, with sports seats with contrasting stitching.

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