Peugeot has resisted the urge to tamper much with the appearance of the 208 GTi’s cabin for the 30th. To all intents and purposes, this is a 208 GTi as we currently know it. Which is to say decent enough, despite the showboating shiny plastic and mildly perplexing nature of the layout.
Characterised by the high-mounted touchscreen and now infamous floating dials, the layout is a familiar theme of the French manufacturer’s interior design language, although that has hardly altered the slightly discombobulated feel of sitting behind the wheel for the first time.
Much has been written on the subject of the dashboard, which we won’t repeat here, but suffice it to say that short drivers who prefer to sit low will probably not be able to see the 208’s redline – and in a hot hatch, that seems like a shame. We’re not huge fans of the downsized steering wheel blocking the view, either, and the manual gearbox could do with its unnecessarily long throw being an inch or two shorter.
Getting comfortable isn’t a problem, thanks to the new, figure-hugging Peugeot Sport-branded seats, although the squidginess of the bolsters means they’re hardly vice-like in the support department.