We wanted to take a more practical approach to road safety and factors that revolve around road safety. We enlisted the help of Red Star Raceway which provided us with a safe and secure place to conduct our various distracted driving tests. We also needed a car that would offer a realistic approach to the task at hand, a car that is accessible to a larger portion of road users. It was for this reason that we contacted Peugeot South Africa for assistance.
With road safety being one of their main priorities as well they offered up a 208 for us to use. This little hatchback would provide the ideal platform for us as it features all the must-have safety technology that one expects from a modern vehicle. In addition to its comfort and driving pleasure, the new 208 is fitted, as standard with all of the safety systems that allow it to earn five stars in the EuroNCAP tests (ESP, ABS, EBA, EBFD etc.). It’s no wonder that the new 208 one of the safest cars in the segment.
Out on track the eager 60kW 1.2-litre three-cylinder PureTech 208 managed to set an impressive undistracted lap time of 1min27.15sec with Autodealer editor Sean Nurse behind the wheel. He applauded the car for its fun-to-drive character and above average cornering ability considering the fact that it is not a sporty model.
Inside the 208, we found the interior to be well accommodating in terms of comfort, visibility as well as ergonomics. The large touchscreen infotainment system also helped us conduct other distracted driving tests which included smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth as well as adjusting settings. The system is however easy to use which aids in its safety credentials.
Our time with the Peugeot 208 was brief but we managed to conduct our safety tests and evaluate our reader's suggestions. If you are interested in the new 208 then be sure to visit your nearest Peugeot dealership for great offers on this car and others.