The supermini segment is now the biggest across Europe and so the French company Peugeot have once again returned to form with the 208 hatchback and the three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine is an absolute cracker!
If you thought the days of small, modestly priced hatches that painted a big smile on your face had gone, you seriously need to try this car.
This 208 (which is lighter than the previous 207 model) has a contemporary and beautifully architecturally designed modern spacious interior for ideally four people, which has been ergonomically rethought for a seamlessly pleasant driving experience.
Whether it be a family day out to Bodiam Castle or Battle Abbey or the citadel of Rye or just a trip to the local shops in Pevensey Bay or tea by the sea in the De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill.
I understand Peugeots novel thinking in so far as they have made the adjustable steering wheel smaller and so you will be able to look over it for an unobstructed view of the main instrument binnacle – this steering wheel is fun!
You’ll be amazed at the sheer amount of front end grip on offer as you whizz up local hills like ‘High & Over’ on the Alfriston to Seaford road.
The visually pleasing dashboard includes a very crisp and easy to read 7” multifunction hi-res colour touchscreen system, which assists the driver in accessing the onboard computer.
Ideal for selecting those songs from favourite local Hastings and Bexhill bands such as the excellent ‘Mirrors’ and the ‘Vile Electrodes’ on your USB.
It has Bluetooth for your phone, a radio and you can add a sat nav into the system too!
Talking of safety, the 208 comes with remote central locking, airbags and the latest-generation Electronic Stability Programme (ESP),
It keeps the car on course by reducing engine power and braking individual wheels (Department of Transport statistics reveal that cars fitted with ESP are 25% less likely to be involved in fatal accidents).
The all-important fuel consumption has been working out at a combined average of 62.8MPG despite the usual queues on the A259 seafront road. The CO2 emissions on this vehicle are also very low at just 104g/km.
There is a handsome choice of 10 body colours and seven internal trims and this vehicle comes with a retro nod in the form of an easily accessible spare wheel in the boot.
It has electric front windows and a rather handy key fob with a button for flashing your cars lights should you lose it at a music festival or multi-story car park.
This is a small car that is priced well, looks good and is even respectably practical.
Ongoing running costs are tiny and equipment levels are good. With this 208 Peugeot have brought us the supermini it was always capable of! It’s the smart, small car choice! Just go and try it, you’ll see.
Peugeot 208 3-Door
Who to see: Motorhaven Peugeot,
Bexhill Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 8AJ
Tel: 01424 444442