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Car of the Week: Peugeot 208 Allure  

THE WHEEL DEAL: Peugeot 208 Allure. Price range: £14,630 - £19,760

I HAVE to admit that Peugeot have grown on me over the years. The French car manufacturer has upped its game and is a serious player in a highly competitive industry.

Ever since the launch of the Peugeot 205 in the 1980s, the French manufacturer has been synonymous with neatly styled superminis.
That car has been moved on and the 208 is now the company’s flagship supermini.
Entry-level 208s are badged as Active, with Allure and GT Line models appearing higher up the range.

The Black Edition is a stylish and appealing model that combines a sleek monochrome three-door look with low running costs and an affordable price.

Active cars feature cruise control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 15-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, DAB radio and split-folding rear seats.

Allure trim adds automatic headlights and wipers and useful reversing sensors. Electric front and rear windows (‘one-touch’ for driver); cruise control with speed limiter; and electric, heated and folding door mirrors all add to the style and enjoyment of this model.

The GT Line hints at the full-on GTi models inside and out. The exciting GTi itself is available in two forms, GTi Prestige and GTi by Peugeot Sport.

Inside, the Peugeot 208 features an innovative interior layout: The Peugeot i-Cockpit, providing a decent driving experience that’s intuitive, agile and safe.

And safe sums up the 208. While I was not underwhelmed but - at the same time - I was not enamoured either.

In town, being so low to the ground, I felt every lump and bump that London had to offer.

While on the road the compact leather sports steering wheel sits lower than a traditional steering wheel, meaning that your arms sit lower and closer together to reduce fatigue.

It also offers precise steering and improved manoeuvrability while the 7” multifunction colour touchscreen puts all the functionality at your fingertips.

Technology is key in today’s modern world and the new 208 won’t let you down.
All the audio and communications equipment, including DAB Digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity, is accessed via the 7” multifunction colour touchscreen. 

Compatible with an iPhone 5 or above, calls and text messages can be dictated using CarPlay functionality, providing voice activation for the driver, meaning compatible and safe applications such as Google Maps and call features, can be activated and used without the need to remove your hands from the wheel.

Android Auto also enables compatible smartphones to display apps on the touchscreen including maps, music, texts and voice control.

Additionally, manoeuvring around town and getting into those tricky parking spots is effortless with the colour reversing camera and rear parking aid.

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