New Peugeot 208 & Renault Clio vs Volkswagen Polo

With upmarket interiors and lots of kit, the new Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio could upset the small car class. The rival they must beat is the Volkswagen Polo...

Peugeot 208 infotainment

Infotainment systems

Peugeot 208

The 208’s system comes well equipped, matching the others for standard Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto and being the only car with wireless charging included. As in the Polo, you have to pay extra for sat-nav, which comes with the larger 10.0in touchscreen shown. However, this upgraded screen has the lowest resolution, the menus are disjointed and it’s rather unresponsive at times, including when using the CarPlay software. The standard stereo sounds the best here. 

Renault Clio infotainment

Renault Clio

As part of the RS Line additions, you get this 9.3in portrait-orientated touchscreen. The screen’s clarity is excellent and, in the main, the icons are large enough to find relatively easily and react promptly when pressed. The menus are well laid out and the smartphone integration is good. In fact, our only quibbles are the lack of any physical controls for quick actions such as changing the volume or skipping menus, and the stereo is only okay, so try the £350 Bose upgrade.

Volkswagen Polo infotainment

Volkswagen Polo

The reason for buying this trim is the Beats stereo. It comes with a tally of seven speakers, one of which is a subwoofer, and delivers 300 watts. Unfortunately, it’s quite bass-heavy and not as clear as the 208’s system. The rest of the infotainment’s operation is very good, with screen clarity to match the Clio’s and equally easy-to-understand menus that respond quickly. Plus, you get physical buttons for volume and scrolling that are less distracting to use while driving.  

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