Our cars: Peugeot 208 - July
Week ending July 19
Driven this week 155 miles
Our 208 is fitted with the touchscreen sat-nav and infotainment system. I think it looks good and I really like that it's set up high on the dashboard so that you can see it clearly and reach it easily.
My only issue with it is that it's not that easy to use. I find the menus really confusing and there was no way that I could figure out how to set radio presets on the move. I had to wait until I could pull over.
That the system has loads of features is great, but a simpler user interface would mean that I could make the most of them.
By Matthew Burrow
Week ending July 12
Driven this week 150 miles
As my colleagues will confirm, I'm not particularly OCD about cleaning; my desk and the door pockets in my Peugeot 208 are examples of this lackadaisical attitude. However, one thing that I do like to have spotless at all times is my car's windscreen.
It's this fastidiousness that means I am a sucker for a good windscreen-washer spray, and get frustrated by what I feel to be a bad one. It's also led me to observe that the two windscreen washers at either end of the Peugeot 208 are bizarrely at odds with one another.
The ones at the front emit a wide spray that covers most of the windscreen, and do so nice and early so the wipers don't scrape grime across the window.
However, the washer at the back takes a much more basic approach and simply dumps a load of fluid on the screen, hosepipe-style. It certainly gets the job done, though.
By Tom Webster
Peugeot 208 1.2 VTi Allure 3dr
Week ending June 5
Driven this week 327
There's one thing on my long term Peugeot 208 that has been discussed more than anything else by the What Car? staffers since the little hatchback joined our fleet – the steering wheel.
You're supposed to look over the tiny wheel to see the instrument cluster, but this doesn't work out perfectly for all of us in the office. Some drivers find they can't see the dials at all with the wheel in their preferred position, while others have no such problems.
I hadn't managed to see much of a pattern between who could and couldn't see the dials, so I decided to make it a little more scientific, and invited lots of my colleagues to come and try it out. I told them to get in, put the wheel where they would ideally like it (ignoring the dials) and then indicate whether they could see the instruments or not.
We filmed the experiment, but the result seems to be that tall people or those who sit really high up could see ok, but most other people had problems. Glad it's not just me…
By Tom Webster
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