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Our Fleet Test Drive: Peugeot 208 - 11th Report

Date: 12 December 2013   |   Author: Hugh Hunston

It's old-school but you must wait until after filling up to part the 208's key from fuel cap

When Peugeot invested millions of euros and many man hours developing the 208, some of that cash and time could have been well spent avoiding our car's antique key-cum-filler cap shortcoming.

Editor Paul Barker recently spent a few hundred miles with the supermini and agreed that being unable to separate the ignition key from the cap when the latter is unlocked is archaic and clumsy.

It also provides security issues if you inadvertently leave them joined together on the car's roof or pump ledge when distracted and paying for fuel at a busy petrol station.

That quirk aside, Mr Barker praised the chassis, the steering responses and the handy urban lock. Unlike some drivers, he had no issues with seeing instruments through and over the small dished wheel, either.

Despite resenting not being able to play CDs through the infotainment system, the sound quality is excellent. Our car was also too early to feature a standard DAB radio, due soon from the Active models upwards, but a £200 update can provide digital reception.


  • Agile and attractive urban performer
  • Low-tech lack of key/filler cap separation