The 208 has a small steering wheel and an unusual dashboard structure.
Ride and Handling
For anyone with experience of the Peugeot 207, this car’s predecessor, the driving experience in the 208 takes a notable step forward. Handling is generally pretty good and the steering has reasonable feel. A coarse road surface can unsettle its equilibrium, and on a very twisty mountain road the handling shows a slightly sloppy edge, but in most circumstances it feels very competent. Gear change quality generally ok, just a touch notchy at times.
Ease of Use
Peugeot has tried to make the 208 a bit of a Tardis, reduced very slightly in size on the outside when compared with its predecessor, but with some extra room inserted on the inside. Through clever packaging, back seat knee space has been eased with an extra 5 cm, but without compromising boot space as there is an extra 15 litres there too.
The 208 has a small steering wheel and an unusual dashboard structure. Instead of looking at the instruments, including the speedo, through the steering wheel, you have to view them over the top of the wheel. This works ok up to a point. Taller drivers, including most men, will find this perfectly comfortable, but for shorter stature drivers including many women it is not ideal. The pedals are set quite close together, which could be a problem if you have big feet.