Peugeot e-208 review

Category: Electric car

Section: Interior

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Interior

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 read the speedometer. For that reason, we’d strongly advise taking a test drive before buying. The closely related Corsa-e, for example, doesn't have this problem, thanks to its normal-sized steering wheel and clearer digital instruments.

The ‘3D’ effect of the instruments (standard from Allure trim upwards) is also a case of style over substance; it makes them trickier to read at a glance than the equivalents in rivals such as the Renault Zoe or Mini Electric. At least, if you’ve selected the right layout for the digital screen, your speed readout is placed in a usefully prominent position. You can also prioritise sat nav maps or other information by scrolling through the display from the steering wheel.

Interior quality is generally excellent. The dashboard materials feel 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 or Corsa-e, although the Mini Electric feels even classier inside.

A 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system is standard, with a bigger 10.0in touchscreen 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 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 requires that you go via the touchscreen to adjust it; it would be far better if there were physical dials for interior temperature, like you get in the Corsa-e. Overall, both the Zoe and Mini (especially with the upgraded 8.8in screen) have superior infotainment systems.

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