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Peugeot 208 e-HDi 115 in the test: is the 208 a woman hero?

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Peugeot 208 e-HDi 115 in the test
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N only a few types can use Claim right to have made millions of women happy. The Peugeot 205 was one of them, as was the 206. The little lions together sold over twelve million times - statistically mainly to young and older ladies who succumbed to the charm of the little runabouts. Then Peugeot must have become so cocky out of sheer success that the 207 was not only allowed to increase 20 centimeters and 200 kilograms, but also gave it a grim, big mouthpiece. The result: the female fans stopped flirting and the number of sales contracts dropped to 2.3 million.

Now the Peugeot 208 should bring back the usual success - a small car that can be small again (minus seven centimeters compared to its predecessor), that can be light again (minus 100 kilograms), which does not cost too much ( from 11,600 euros). And most importantly: someone who no longer lurks voraciously in the parking space, but smiles friendly. The disadvantage of this design change: Even brand friends have to look twice before they recognize the 208 as a Peugeot.

Peugeot 208 cleverly uses its interior

This also applies to the interior, which is tidy in an exemplary manner. The cockpit is not massive, the center console does not press against the knees, the armrest can be folded back. In short: the Peugeot 208 uses its interior cleverly and shines as a technical delicacy with a modern navigation system. Since it has locked its CD drive in the glove compartment, it juts out into the air like a painting and can be operated logically via a quick-reacting touchscreen. Confusing buttons like the predecessor? History.

The entire operation is pleasantly reduced, the on-board computer with its color screen changes quickly at the push of a button from range and consumption to navigation instructions or from the radio station to digital speed display. The only catch: the on-board computer, together with the analog speedometer and rev counter, is placed so high up on the dashboard that the driver should actually read the clocks above the rim of the steering wheel - and not through the steering wheel as usual. However, if the steering column is not in its lowest position, the steering wheel rim will cover the instruments. Annoying, because the cockpit of the Peugeot 208 can be seen except for the unevenly scaled speedometer.

Trunk floor with impractical step

This does not apply to the seats, whose surfaces are a bit too short at the front and clearly too short at the rear. For some reason, Peugeot still seems to believe that the seat heater switch has to be inseparably connected to the respective seat - to the suffering of the driver and front passenger, who cannot tell when the doors are closed whether the upholstery is being heated or not Sidewalls may make an optical impression, but in curves they are too soft and offer little lateral support.

Those who fold down the back seat of the Peugeot 208 and expect advanced clip-and-fold technology will be even more disappointed if the backrest can be folded down asymmetrically, the seat is permanently installed, creating an impractical step in the trunk floor, comforting the good 455 kilograms of payload and the 15 liters more luggage volume compared to its predecessor. After all, the 285 liters are five more than the VW Polo.

Peugeot 208 quickly flits around the corner

Even from 1.6 liter diesel displacement, Peugeot draws more power than Volkswagen: 105 to 115 hp for the Peugeot 208, the one with the powerful diesel engine Refreshingly quick spurts - as soon as the starting weakness is overcome. Because the diesel depends well on the gas only after 2,000 tours, but it can also handle higher speeds. Only the manual transmission can be a bit exhausting if it doesn't want to change the six gears as quickly as desired. If you don't like the clutch pedal in general, you can combine the 92 hp diesel version with an automated gearbox.

The Peugeot 208, on the other hand, always likes to go around the corner, and its fathers designed it for that too. Both the steering and the chassis are sporty and, in conjunction with the optional 17-inch aluminum wheels, convey a good roadholding. However, the little lion likes to buck on mogul slopes and falls into a loud rumbling.

With the steering, Peugeot has made great progress, it now reacts much more directly than its predecessor and less artificial; just a little more feedback is missing. The suspension comfort of the Peugeot 208 could also spread more harmony - sportiness or not, on the way to kindergarten or the supermarket, gentleness counts more than anything else. But that should change with smaller bikes.

Worthy successor to 205 and 206

When it comes to consumption, the Do not be ashamed of the tested diesel: 4.1 L /100 km are easy and exemplary with a cautious driving style. A standard start-stop system helps him - and if you don't believe it, the engine's pauses can be displayed in seconds in the cockpit of the Peugeot 208. That works. On the other hand, they have no effectAssistance systems: None are offered. Not even xenon headlights are available for an extra charge.

Although the Peugeot 208 does not get top marks everywhere, it is modern with its reserved appearance, its safe and sporty driving behavior, the low curb weight and low consumption as well as its tidy cockpit and modern Infotainment is the worthy successor to the 205 and 206. One that women will especially like.

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