Long term report: Peugeot 208


Peugeot 208 long termer

As reminders go that you've had a car for a long time, the arrival of a nice, shiny 12-month tax disc is probably as strong as they come.

That's right – the Peugeot 208 has been with us for so long now, the Chancellor wants us to cough up another year's road tax for it.

Luckily, the nice chaps in the Peugeot Press Office noticed the tax had expired – we're far too busy to be keeping a note of things like that – and popped one in the post to us.

One lunchtime this month, I thought I'd reacquaint myself with the Gallic motor car. With the new tax disc securely stuck to the windscreen I was looking forward to my adventure.

The 208's squashy driver's seat and natty little steering wheel immediately felt comfortable again.

What I had forgotten about though was the dreadfully high clutch. The 208 really suffers from a little niggle – after changing gear and applying the throttle, there's a strange pause in progress.

It seems to be getting worse, not better, after 12 months. And the gearknob is made from the nastiest plastic possible.

That said, the 208 is a perfectly acceptable little thing. It's the type of car which would be fine if you hadn't sampled a Fiesta or Polo – that's not a criticism, just a statement of fact.

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: 423

This month's highlight

Climbing back into the 208 after a short while and it feels immediately comfortable again