Our cars: Peugeot 208 - December
Week ending December 21
Driven this week 228
Pistonheads brand manager Paul Garlick's classic Mk1 Mazda MX-5 suffered a rare malfunction this week, so he took the keys to the 208. Here's what he thought…
'It's been a while since I've driven a Peugeot, so when I was offered the 208 for a weekend (after my own car failed to start) I was looking forward to seeing what had changed.
'A lot was the answer, with no creaks or rattles from the cabin, decent looks inside and out, and a cracking little 1.2-litre engine that not only sounds good when revved, but also runs quietly on the motorway.
'Okay so the steering wheel obscured the dials to an almost comical degree, and some styling details are a little chintzy, but overall I really enjoyed my time with it, which included a decently brisk B-road run.
'I might not order it in this particular colour, but otherwise it's a decent little hatch that has moved the Peugeot game on somewhat.'
By Tom Webster
Peugeot 208 1.2 VTi Allure
Week ending December 14
Driven this week 567
The intricate dashboard design of the 208 is one of its high points - but it doesn’t seem to do much for ventilation. It was well below freezing when I got into the car the other morning, so I quickly flicked on the full-blast ‘de-mist’ switch for the front screen, and the heated rear window.
Sure enough, the baby Pug cleared the front and rear views enough for me to get on my way - but after 30 minutes on the road, I noticed that the rear glass had misted up again completely (the auto-off function on the heater had kicked in, clearly). More worryingly, the front glass had still refused to de-mist completely, with plenty of interior fog around its edges.
I don’t know if our car has a problem with damp, or whether the ventilation just isn’t quite up to the job, or if it just doesn’t like extreme cold. I’ve made a mental note to try it again in the forthcoming cold snap.
By John McIlroy
Week ending December 7
Driven this week: 137
Occasionally, a colleague that lives around the corner from me concedes defeat to the weather and begs a lift home instead of pulling on his lycra and cycling 13 miles in the rain.
This means I have to squeeze his 19-inch-frame road bike into the back of my car. The 208 has been up to the task, once I have dropped the seats and removed the parcel shelf.
One wonderful thing about the parcel shelf is that it fixes into place without any plastic clasps. This means it lifts out with ease, but it's designed well enough that it sits firmly in place when the boot is closed.
It's nice to know there's one fewer thing to break, too.
By Tom Webster