Our cars: Peugeot 208 - October
Week ending October 26
Driven this week: 342
One of the few extras I chose for my new Peugeot was a fancy paintjob. I plumped for Virtual Blue, which looked like a lovely shade of shiny navy metallic on my computer screen.
However, when it arrived, the car's paint finish had a noticeable hint of purple to it. Thankfully it's not a problem, because I'm just as fond of the purple-tinged finish as I was of the shade that appeared on my computer screen.
However, it did highlight an issue with speccing a car online. A dodgy computer screen could have left me driving a car with a colour I wasn't keen on.
By Tom Webster
Week ending October 19
Driven this week: 140
The Peugeot 208 has just arrived in the What Car? car park, and it's about to spend a lot of time in my care as I battle through South London's congestion-choked streets.
We’ve gone for the mid-point of the range in terms of engine and trim, choosing what we reckon represents the best overall value.
The 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine should prove economical around town, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on just how near it gets to the claimed average economy of 62.8mpg.
Allure trim includes much of the equipment we wanted, so there was no need for a major assault on the options list. The three-door 208 comes with sports seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, cruise control, dual-zone air-con, auto headlights and wipers, and steering wheel-mounted controls for the stereo.
We did add a few extras, though, largely to ease the burden of the excessive amount of urban driving it'll have to cope with. I park on a street, so we chose rear parking sensors (£340) and electric folding mirrors (£100) to help with this.
Peugeot's £400 sat-nav option was hard to resist, too. It's more expensive than an aftermarket unit, but the integrated system can’t be pinched as easily, and it looks much neater on the 208’s handsome dash.
The 208 has been eased in with nothing more exciting than my urban commute, but, so far, it has proved pleasingly composed on the battered urban streets.
By Tom Webster
Peugeot 208 1.2 VTi Allure