Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Although it’s a small car, even tall drivers will find enough space up front in the 208. That said, it's not as big as some of its rivals, such as the Volkswagen Polo, so there’s less head room in comparison. It's also narrower than the Polo from door to door, but there's enough width for an in-built centre armrest to rest your elbows on.
Underneath the armrest there's a large cubby in which you can hide away a wallet, and storage space elsewhere is very good. This includes sizeable door bins, trays and cup holders, plus a reasonably roomy glovebox.
This isn't the easiest car to get in and out of if you're an adult of reasonable stature due to its fairly narrow door apertures. Once inside the 208 has a good amount of room for two adults (much more than a Renault Clio), with plenty of head and leg room for taller folks, but the Polo still pips it for ultimate space.
Storage space includes a couple of small door bins and map pockets on the rear of the front seats.
Seat folding and flexibility
The rear seats fold and split 60/40 as standard. This is par for the course in the small car class, and there’s no option of a more practical 40/20/40 arrangement. GT Line adds a height-adjustable front passenger seat, but you cannot add passenger lumbar adjustment – a feature you can have in rivals including the Polo.
The 208’s boot is a decent size for the class. It’s beaten for outright capacity by those of the Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Polo, but there’s certainly enough room for holiday bags. We managed to get five carry-on cases on board, which is the same number that you can fit in a Clio or Fiesta. The 208 has a relatively narrow aperture compared with the Fiesta, and there's no option to add a height-adjustable boot floor.