Peugeot 208 interior
The Peugeot 208’s interior not only looks superb, it is also well built from quality materials. Its infotainment system has all the kit you want, too, although it can be tricky to use.
Not only does the 208 look fantastic outside – it stands out for its interior design and quality too. OK so there are cheaper feeling plastics on the door tops and lower-down areas, but overall the soft-touch dashboard and classy, nicely damped switches help the 208 feel a cut above the rest.
The two-tier, concave dash design is striking, too, plus there are quirky features such as a flip-down smartphone ledge and touch-sensitive buttons for the infotainment and heated seat controls (if fitted) that help make the 208 feel more expensive inside.
Entry-level Active models get cloth seats and a leather steering wheel, while Allure models upgrade this to cloth and faux leather. GT Line models then get a different stitching colour, plus a perforated leather steering wheel, and top-of-the-range GT cars get cloth and Alcantara seats. If you prefer, full leather seats are optional on some models.
The old 208’s interior looked great but was lacking on the quality front in places. That changes this time around - it’s a really nice place to spend time
A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system sits atop the 208’s dashboard as standard, which includes DAB radio and Bluetooth, but more importantly Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too.
An option (or standard on GT models) is a 10.0-inch version of the same system which also includes a built-in sat-nav. However, you’re better off relying on the traffic info that your smartphone navigation apps offer, and Apple and Android’s user experience is better too – Peugeot native system has a few too many small, tricky-to-hit on-screen buttons.
Peugeot’s new 3D digital dials are standard from Allure trim. They’re projected onto different layers to give a three-dimensional effect and look superb, but importantly also display key information clearly and are customisable so you can choose what you want to see.
Wireless charging comes as standard from Allure trim, but if your smartphone can’t handle that then the USB connections are plentiful – there are two in the front (one standard, one USB-C) and front Allure trim you get a further two in the back. There’s just one six-speaker sound system across the range and no option to upgrade, but it offers a good sound in any case.