Long term report: Peugeot 208


Long term report: Peugeot 208

The little Pug soldiers on at AOL Cars HQ

It's coming up to a whopping nine months since the man from Peugeot dropped off our long term 208, so it's fair to say that it's had a reasonable amount of time to settle in.

In fact, so used are we to having the diddy 208 around that it's clocked up nearly 12,000 miles without us even noticing – not bad, considering that it arrived to us with mere delivery figures on the clock.

In reality, it's not surprising at all. Since the day it arrived at our sparse and salty car park, the Pug has been pushed far beyond usual supermini duties.

It's pummeled the motorway networks taking us to meetings reaching from Yeovil to York, been left in draughty airport car parks while we swanned off on European car launches, and even taken a few of us on holiday.

Amazingly, it's coped with all of the above with ease. Our car might only be the 1.2 three-cylinder petrol model, but its ability to cruise at 70 is pretty impressive.

Admittedly it's not the quietest of experiences, but the free-revving 82bhp lump pulls up to the speed limit with ease.

Just one real gripe remains: The touch screen stereo. It's pretty enough to look at, but it's cumbersome to use and still won't cooperate with my iPod – it's bleeding annoying.

Plus, we experienced a phenomenon where the entire infotainment crashed when the weather turned icy last year. It looks like summer is over and we fear for the little Pug's sat-nav and radio. Finger's crossed we don't have a repeat performance

The knowledge

Model: Peugeot 208 Active Vti 1.2
Price: £14,550 (as tested)
Engine: 1.2-litre, petrol
Power: 82bhp, 118Nm
Max speed: 109mph
0-60mph: 13.8s
Emissions: 104g/km
Mileage this month: 468

This month's highlight: The touchscreen stereo is still annoying to use an cannot cooperate with an iPod