Test Drive the 208
It seems to have taken an age but Summer is finally here and for some of us that means taking our bucket and spade down to the beach with ice cream and (if you can't avoid them) the family.
For others of us though, it means there are only a few short weeks before the Peugeot 208 is released. This small hatchback is a stunning new entry to the Peugeot line-up and is likely to be a sure-fire hit with modern drivers. However, one question still remains....is it any good? The Telegraph vehicle critic Andrew English drove the upcoming 208 for himself and suppresses any fears that the 208 will be anything but incredible.
Priced from only £9995 the Peugeot 208 surprises from the very start. It can be fitted with a huge choice of engines from a 3-cylinder 1.0 litre to a 1.6litre 154bhp (imagine that much horsepower in a small, light car). Naturally a range of diesel choices are available including a semi-automatic option.
According to the Telegraph, "the most popular UK model will be the 1.4 Active trim, which is where the interior touch-screen becomes standard". However, choosing a more cost effective model, the reviewer notes that you'll be "surprised and amazed" when you sit inside this cute street car. "Amazed because of the level of quality and design integrity, and also the space - the 208 is smaller outside than a 207, but bigger inside". With ample space in front and a bigger boot, more legroom for passengers, the 208 manages to improve upon almost everything from the 207.
The 208 impresses whilst on the move as well as it is noted "the 1.2 packs a surprisingly big punch. This is in part because of the massive diet foisted on the 208, shaving 242lb off the 207 as well as exchanging the beak based pedestrian impact protection for a more thoughtful smaller nose and crash technology". With a harsh weight reduction, the 208 manages to put the fun back into driving, "there's new-found chassis balance, which results in a big grin factor in the corners, while excellent suspension compliance means you aren't rattled by road ripples or potholes".
In conclusion, the Telegraph review stated, "in creating the best-looking car in its class, Peugeot has included high-quality interiors, a terrific range of engines and what look like keen prices".
The Peugeot 208 is released on 28th June 2012. What are you waiting for? Get down to Charters Peugeot of Aldershot and take one for the ride of your life.
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