PEUGEOT 208: CHASSIS DYNAMICS AND SAFETY
- Advanced suspension designed for dynamic appeal and comfort
- New electric power steering ensures precision and manoeuvrability
- ABS brakes with EBD and EBA across the range
- Up to six airbags plus Isofix mountings
The new 208 demonstrates the full extent of Peugeot’s expertise as far as chassis design and development are concerned. Superior road manners and driving pleasure count among the new hatchback’s key attractions, while also meeting the expectations of today’s customers as far as comfort and safety are concerned.
With the aim of establishing the 208 as a benchmark in its segment, the Peugeot development team focussed on retaining the acknowledged stability and dynamic appeal of the 207 and its legendary predecessors, but without compromising on comfort.
The 208 employs a pseudo-MacPherson front suspension, allied to a deformable cross-member rear suspension. Superior spring-damper assemblies and carefully tuned ride characteristics result in outstanding road-holding.
However, the 208 also benefits significantly from its overall reduction in weight. This factor assists as much in terms of its dynamic capabilities as it does as far as ride quality is concerned.
A keener sense of driving pleasure is also created by the capabilities of the electric power steering system. A new ‘brushless-type’ steering system has been developed specifically for the 208 to suit its particular combination of balance of reduced weight.
The new system delivers precise control with ample feedback, while allowing convenient manoeuvrability and ease of use at low speeds, such as in parking areas.
Braking performance is of the highest order, and all models boast an ABS-assisted anti-lock braking system with emergency brake assist (EBA) and electronic brake force distribution (EBD) as standard.
The hazard lights are automatically activated during emergency braking for increased visibility and awareness of other road users.
All 208 models are fitted with vented 266 mm brake discs up front, along with solid 249 mm discs at the rear in the case of the range-topping1.6 VTi. The less powerful three-cylinder variants are equipped with 203 mm rear brake drums.
The 208 benefits from a high level of primary, or active, safety features through its inherent design, engineering and ergonomic characteristics, including the raised instrument panel, cruise control and speed limiter on high-spec versions and the fully-featured ABS.
It has also been designed to provide secondary, or passive, safety of an even higher level than that of the 207, even though the latter was acknowledged as a leader in the segment.
Accordingly, the 208 incorporates a deformable structure with an aluminium ‘beam-absorber’ at the front, which also makes it possible to reduce the length of the front overhang.
Even at the most affordable level, the 208 is fitted with dual front airbags as standard, together with Isofix child seat mountings with three anchorage points in the rear, head restraints, and inertia reel seatbelts for all seating positions.
The Active specification adds side airbags to the safety arsenal, while the top-line Allure also boasts curtain airbags.