Our cars: Peugeot 208 - February
Week ending February 22
Driven this week 105 miles
A strange message has appeared on the 208's sat-nav screen on more than one occasion.
The first time it flashed up 'GPS Fault' I thought it strange, but gave it little consideration because it disappeared within moments and the navigation appeared to be working well.
However, it has appeared on more than one occasion now, so I'm beginning to think it is something that is worth investigating. I'm booking it in at my local dealer to get it looked at.
By Tom Webster
Week ending February 14
Driven this week 56 miles
I've not ventured out of the city in the 208 this week, and this has left me mulling the Peugeot's low-speed abilities.
The big thing that is missing for me is engine stop-start. I like it when the engine cuts out when you are sitting at traffic lights or in a particularly stubborn queue.
Even though the 208's engine is quite quiet at idle, the few moments' respite from engine noise and vibration are always appreciated after a long day in the office.
I've also heard various estimates on how much CO2 a stop-start system can save, normally around the 5g/km mark. This could drop the 208's emissions below 100g/km and reduce VED and company car tax bills.
The extra cost of the system might boost the 208's purchase price to the extent that it is not financially worthwhile, but I'd certainly appreciate the extra urban peace it would bring.
By Tom Webster
Week ending February 8
Driven this week 110 miles
We’ve been heavily critical of the 208’s driving position. The fact that you’re supposed to view the instrument dials over, rather than through, the steering wheel means that many drivers can’t see them at all – unless they jack the seat up uncomfortably high.
However, if, like me, you happen to be over six feet tall, the idea starts to makes sense. I get a good view of the dials over the steering wheel without having to compromise my driving position in other ways. What’s more, the fact they’re higher up than they are in most cars actually means they’re closer to my eye line.
Catering only for a relatively small percentage of the market isn’t exactly ideal, though.
By Will Nightingale
Week ending February 1
Driven this week 200 miles
I've driven three cars with three-cylinder engine in the past week: a Dacia Sandero, a VW Up and our long-term 208. I think the 208's is the least satisfying of the bunch.
The Up's is briliant - smooth and responsive. The Sandero's is good, too, if not quite as flexible. Compared with those two, the 208's engine is a disappointment - it's noisier and feels decidedly flat at low revs.
There are flat spots in the power delivery, too, and on top of that a long-travel clutch pedal with a very sudden biting point. All of which means the 208 can be hard to drive smoothly in stop-start traffic. Not ideal for a car that is likely to spend a lot of time in the city.
By Leo Wilkinson
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