All New Peugeot 208 Test Drive Story
Lately there a quite a number of Peugeot 208s running around the Penang island, mostly are driven by ladies. Anxiously, want to know how this all new Peugeot 208 with its motto of ‘Let your body drive‘, driving experience are. I set up a date with one of my colleague to explore this new Peugeot 208. After had our lunch at around Taman Pekaka, Penang. We then proceed to new Peugeot showroom at Sungai Pinang.
First impression when I checked in inside the Peugeot showroom, I saw the white, 5-doors Peugeot 208 with lower specification that doesn’t really impress me. The Peugeot 208 doesn’t look attractive in 5-doors and cap rims. Unless the Peugeot 208 is equipped with 16″ Two Tone Helium alloys (5 doors) or 17″ Two Tone Oxygen Alloys (3 doors), else I don’t think the car is looking good. This is my personal opinion, no offence. They don’t have Peugeot 208 coupe, leaving us no choice but to test drive this 5-door Peugeot 208.
The continental car, Peugeot 208 exterior design are simple and plain with classy feel. Unlike Japanese and Korea car nowadays, those cars looks stylish and sporty. What really attracted me on the outlook of the 5-door Peugeot 208 is the daylight running LED that outshine the car from the front view. The salesman told us the Peugeot cars’ chassis at below are coated with anti rush agent. That meant when we accidentally scratched or dented the bottom chassis, the bottom chassis would not be rusted. Well, something new for me. We can see there are some rough surface on the bottom chassis with blended with the car’s body paint colour. The rough surface is the surface that treated with anti rush agent. One more thing that we discovered is, Peugeot’s cars bottom chassis are fully covered and protected with chassis cover. This will prevent dust, stones, sand, rats from getting into the engine bay.
Once the salesman done photo copy my IC and license, we proceed for test drive. Upon step into the Peugeot 208 driver seat, the interior is furnished fully in black colour included the seats and dashboard. The dashboard design’s look classy and simple. The panel meter cluster and the audio player with Interactive HD Colour Touchscreen seem popping out from the dashboard. Perhaps, that how continental designs are. The design don’t fit me and my friend cup of tea. Though it is not an great design but the location are great which allow the driver to navigate between driving while checking the panel meter and display in no time. The interactive HD colour touchscreen and panel meter located on top of dashboard which minimize the driver eyes movement from the front windscreen.
Peugeot 208′s driver seat is comfortable for us with height at below 175cm. The driver seat and front passenger seat come with 6 ways adjustment. The seats come with Semi-bucket Moonlight Fabric Seats. The seats were comfortable to be seated.
The Peugeot 208′s has a good legroom on the rear seat. We don’t feel the cramp when we sitting behind even thought the front seats have adjusted to ‘comfortable’ position.
The 5-doors Peugeot 208 come with many features such as digital dual zone auto air conditioning, rear parking aid with audio visual assistance and 4 sensors,Arkarmys 3D sound system with 6 speakers. The quality of sound is much better than my Toyota Vios, the bass’s sound is deep enough with crystal clear treble. No complain on the in car entertainment system. The auto air conditioning is powerful enough as well, the air conditioning able to circulate the cold air in the Peugeot 208′s cabin fast and effectively.
Peugeot 208 do come with armrest which is one of the accessory I love using it but hardly be found on compact car. Compact car, like Perodua Myvi and Suzuki Swift don’t come with armrest. Though Peugeot 208 come with armrest, but I found out that the armrest actually blocking me from pull/release the hand break. The Peugeot 208′s gear knob come with elegance design which refined with chrome finish.
Time to head down to the road and rev around with the new Peugeot 208. We are heading to the Lebuh Sungai Pinang, the test drive route from the showroom. The route is quite short for us to really rev the car and we tried to negotiate with the salesman for longer route but failed. The route is fixed by the showroom, and our obedient salesman leaving us no choice. We proceed our test drive then on the short route.
Peugeot 208 move effortless upon I step on the accelerator. The accelerator ratio from the gas pedal of the car is precise and easily to control because I can easily deliver smooth acceleration of the car from standstill without causing the car jerking , and the steering feel is firm and solid. Upon hit on the straight and empty road, I give the Peugeot 208 a harsh try, by slammed the accelerator to the floor. The Peugeot 208 packed with 4 Inline Cylinders, DOHC 16 Valve, VTi (dual Variable Valve Timing & Lift) 1.6CC which capable to deliver Max Horsepower (122ps@6000rpm) with Max Torque (160Nm@4250rpm) did not turned us down, the car accelerate powerful and smooth even though it loaded with 3 adults. Peugeot 208 equipped with 4-speed, Auto Adaptive Gearbox with Tiptronic and Sport Mode gave us the smooth gear changing even on harsh acceleration. I don’t really feel the car is jerking when the gear is shifting under ‘Drive’ mode.
Then we tried out the ‘Sport’ mode, which giving the car more power by allowing the engine to rev at higher RPM before shifting to next gear. Under ‘Sport’ mode, I can feel the car is jerking each time the gearbox is changing the gear due to shifting at high RPM. Driving Peugeot 208 around the city was fun, especially the with the ‘Drive’ mode which allow us manually change the gear through Tiptronic according to the driver desire. Meanwhile, ‘Sport’ mode do not have Tiptronic manual gear changing feature as ‘Drive’ mode and Peugeot 208 will only automatic shift the gear when at higher RPM, which is around 4000rpm to 5000rpm. Overall, the car’s performance is much powerful than my Toyota Vios.
Handling of Peugeot 208 is impressive as well. The electric steering is very responsive , firm and keeping us in control and confidence. We get to try few sharp turns at high speed, the car seem solid and good stability without over-steer . Thanks to MacPherson struts up front with an anti-roll bar and a cross member axle at the back. In term of comfortability, Peugeot 2o8 give us a comfortable ride. The seats offer good seating posture, there certainly wouldn’t be too much fatigue over long distances.
Overall, Peugeot 208 is a compact B-segment car, which give us comfortable ride yet packed with some performance and fun drive mode. Pricing at RM85, 888 for 5-doors while RM95, 888 for 3-doors, which is pricey for me. After all, it is a continental car, that the price should be. After the test drive, we proceed to test drive Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI.
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