The interior layout, fit and finish
We’ll begin this section with a controversial topic: the e-208’s driving position. Unconventionally, you’re supposed to view its iCockpit digital instruments (the speedo, rev counter etc.) by looking over, rather than through, the steering wheel – something Peugeot has tried to make easier by shrinking the steering wheel to the size of a dinner plate.
And if you happen to be long in the body, or you sit close to the steering wheel with the seat jacked up, you’ll probably think the whole arrangement is great. But just as many will find that the steering wheel completely blocks their view of the instruments, and will have to resort to moving the wheel or seat to an uncomfortable position just so they can see what speed they’re doing. For that reason, we’d strongly advise taking a test drive before buying.
The ‘3D’ effect of the instruments (standard from Allure trim upwards) is also a case of style over substance, being trickier to read at a glance than equivalents in rivals, such as a Renault Zoe or Mini Electric. Your speed readout is placed in a usefully prominent position if you’ve selected the right layout for the digital screen, though, and you can also prioritise sat nav maps or other information by scrolling through the display from the steering wheel.
Interior quality is generally excellent, though. The dashboard feels pleasingly squidgy, the leather on the steering wheel is of a suitably fine grain and there are fewer hard and scratchy plastics than you'll find in a Zoe, although the Mini Electric feels even classier inside.
A 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system is standard, while a bigger 10.0in touchscreen is optional on Allure and GT Line trims and standard on the range-topping GT. The screen is a bit fiddly to operate and doesn't always respond as quickly to screen prods as you'd like, but it's good that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring come as standard. It’s annoying, though, that the air conditioning controls are hidden within the touchscreen; it would be far better if there were physical dials for adjusting the interior temperature. Overall both the Zoe and Mini (especially with the upgraded 8.8in screen) have superior infotainment systems.