If you loved the 205, but feel that post-205 superminis lost their edge, this one is worth your attention because the edge is arguably back

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14 March 2012

Considering I was one who said I didn't like the looks when the first studio pics were shown, I have to say I might have changed my mind as that looks very nice indeed.

14 March 2012

Looks a lot better than what came before, and the weight saving is impressive. The dash does look fussy, and the dial positions do seem odd. Reserving judgement on it until I see it in real life.

14 March 2012

A lot better looking ,lighter and better driving is a great step up from the bloated 207.The dash design is a bit fussy.If the engine tested is short of top end power i fear the base 68bhp diesel wont move at all.

14 March 2012

I can't remember the last time I drove a vehicle where I didn't look at the dials through the steering wheel, so I'm wondering how this dash design will work. I wonder if the wheel will be really low down? Have to wait and see.

14 March 2012

I hired for a long weekend the previous model and suffered for every kilometer and had to do 1000 of them. I was never so grateful at returning a so called modern car!! The biggest annoyance was something which they seem to have very kindly carried over to this model "The ride is on the firm side and a shade noisy by Fiesta/Polo standards over the worst bumps" Maybe this one is slightly less noisy - but on Russian roads - it was a great discomfort and hugely tiring. No thanks - I dont want this one either. Plus the fact they have clearly been under pressure from the bean counters and will ask heavy increase in purchase prices for 6 speed manual or even bigger price for auto (which is the biggest seller these days).

14 March 2012

"If you loved the 205, but feel (as some Peugeot insiders admit on the quiet) that post-205 superminis lost their edge, this one is worth your attention because the edge is arguably back - accompanied by hitherto un-Gallic levels of quality."

Despite the sales success of the 206, I find it hard to believe that Peugeot insiders only admit 'on the quiet' that the post-205 superminis lost their edge! Surely they admit so openly. The 205 saved the company and dominated the supermini market in the '80s (pace Fiat Uno) & early '90s in a way Peugeot cannot have dreamed of at launch.

All subsequent models were disappointments.

As a former 1.1 litre 205 XL owner (i.e. it had the 3 door 'GTI' body and a mighty 55 hp), it would be nice to see the 208 as competitive, fingers crossed... That was such a fun car, 20 years ago now. 145 tyres...

14 March 2012

Definitely an improvement over everthing since the 205 but thats not very difficult is it .

Not entirely convinced by this which is a shame . Being an ex 205 owner I can remember they led the field in ride and handling but this looks mediocre at best .

Im beginning to think the Koreans make better small cars than the French thesedays plus the Korean models are less likely to break down .

14 March 2012

[quote Autocar]There are four trim levels (Access, Active, Allure and Feline)[/quote]

Allure and Feline!? Gawd. Still 95% girl's car then...

[quote]Faults? The new driving position, which forces everyone to look over the wheel, not through it, is likely to prove controversial.[/quote]

What in the? Doesn't everyone look over their steering wheel at the road outside? Who, apart from my two year old, peers through the middle of the wheel at the needles on the gauges? Has old age made Cropley shrink and/or lose his marbles? Could someone ask him if the 208 also required him to sit ON the seats and PUSH the pedals? Because I'm pretty sure those are normal too.

(Joking aside, if the driving position really does suck, lest we all forget it was what made the 207 so bloody irksome - thus I wonder why this new car is any more likely to fare better in sales charts.)

14 March 2012

Impressive weight saving, but isn't that more a reflection of just how corpulent the 207 and its ilk have become? Surely any good car should also be an efficient one, and it's disappointing that the industry is only just now reacting to the need for cars with better fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

And is it me, but have all modern cars including this one not become grotesquely overstyled? What's wrong with simple, elegant shapes like those of the earlier 205, Fiat Uno and others? With its curvy flowing headlights and ornate interior, the 208 may look very fashionable to some, but just think how outdated it will look in five years time?

14 March 2012

[quote ThwartedEfforts]Who, apart from my two year old, peers through the middle of the wheel at the needles on the gauges? Has old age made Cropley shrink and/or lose his marbles? Could someone ask him if the 208 also required him to sit ON the seats and PUSH the pedals? Because I'm pretty sure those are normal too.[/quote]

I'm in my forties, 177cm tall and look though the steering wheel at the gauges, If you look over the top of the wheel then you must be over several metres tall or have lost your marbles which is it?

 

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