Peugeot’s current renaissance, began back in 2016 with the launch of the 3008. Since then, they have also struck gold with the 5008, 508 & 208, managing to combine good looks & clever design, with practicality & include on trend tech & safety. The latest Peugeot to get the ” Grand Design,” treatment is the 2008, Peugeot’s baby SUV. We had a soft spot for the old 2008, which despite it’s small proportions, was a first class load lugger, carrying my family & their luggage around the Lisbon coast region in 2017. Compared to the new 2008, the old was a little vanilla in it’s looks, so Peugeot’s designer’s have made sure that the latest model, will stand out in a crowd.
Like the 208, the 2008 sits on the PSA brand’s latest CMP small-car platform. This means that the 2008 is available with petrol, diesel & full-electric powertrains, a sure sign the PSA are planning ahead for electrification.
The 2008 is offered in Active, Allure, GT Line & top-spec GT trims. All models get Bluetooth, DAB radio, Mirror Screen with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, a smartphone docking station & voice recognition. Also standard are rear full LED 3D PEUGEOT signature ‘Claw Effect’ lights with daylight function, automatic follow me home headlights, the tasty PEUGEOT i-Cockpit compact steering wheel, 7.0″ capacitive colour touchscreen, a push button start & Peugeot’s gloss back piano key functions.
The range starts from £20,150 for the 1.2 PureTech 100 S&S 6-speed manual, going up to £34,275 for the GT Electric 50kWh 136.
There are also five engine choices. A 1.2-litre PureTech turbocharged manual petrol with 99bhp, a manual or 8-speed auto 128bhp or on only the range topping GT an auto153bhp, plus a single, manual diesel, the 1.5L BlueHDI 100 S&S 6-speed. And of course, the new Electric 50kWh 136.
Peugeot have sensibly given the 2008 a ‘family’ look, that as we mentioned, harks back to the 3008. They haven’t scrimped on goodies either. The headlights are fitted with Eco LED’s from Active level up or full LED technology from GT Line level. The vertical LED daytime running lights that frame the front of the car echo the latest 208. There’s even a choice of three grille trims dependant on version. Chrome facets from Active level, dark chrome chequered with gloss black edge trim, from GT Line level & as with the e-208, a colour-coded chequered offering, with gloss black edge trim on the EV version. The bonnet again as per the new 208, is headed by the ‘2008’ inscription, taking inspiration directly from the iconic PEUGEOT 504 & 504 Coupé. Other standouts include a choice of 16″‘to 18″ alloy wheels, dark tinted rear windows & a rear bumper diffuser trim in gloss black, both standard from Allure up.
Inside, Peugeot have really improved the interior over the previous model. There’s a centrally mounted colour touchscreen infotainment screen, plus in front of the driver, a version of Peugeot’s I-Cockpit, with a 3D version on Allure spec models & above. The function buttons are located underneath the touchscreen, a 7″ version on Active, Allure & GT Line & a 10″ version on the GT, which enabled drivers to utilise the Peugeot piano key toggle switches & easy access buttons on each side. Some of the details on the top of these, are quite small & it takes a few minutes to decipher the functions whilst on the move, a problem carried over from the 208, but compared to what else is out there, the inside of the 2008 is pretty impressive quality-wise & certainly makes a bold statement.
Some reviewers are not sold on Peugeot’s small steering wheel, but as with the 208, in the 2008, we think it’s great, adding to the small car driving experience. Despite it’s diminutive size, driver’s may need to utilise the fore & aft adjustment on the steering wheel, as the top of the steering wheel can obscure the I-Cockpit dials.
In common with a number of PSA cars, the cruise control is located on a stalk on the left of the wheel. This too is obscured by the steering wheel, which the first time you use it, can be frustrating. Time spent behind the wheel should see this issue dissipate.
Diminutive the 2008 maybe, it’s wheelbase is only 65mm larger than the 208, but inside, especially up front, passengers have lots of legroom & ample headroom. The I-Cockpit cocoons the driver & all of the switchgear & buttons are easy to reach. The touchscreen is straightforward to use & the graphics super-clear. Only the SatNav response speed was lacking in it’s precision.
We drove the 2008 on a series of A & B roads, plus the motorway & we found the 2008 to be a fun car to travel in. We tested two versions. First up was the 2008 GT Line 1.2L PureTech 130 S&S. The small steering wheel really does add to the enjoyment as you twist & turn on winding road’s & the petrol 131bhp manual we drove, had a bit of zip in it too, hitting 62mph in 8.9seconds. Getting a comfortable driving position is easy & on faster dual carriageway or motorway the 2008 happily sits at cruising speeds with very little outside noise entering the cabin. It also handles smaller bumpy roads with aplomb & the overall refinement is really impressive too.
Business customer’s, don’t discount the only diesel model though. We drove the same circular route in the GT Line 1.5L BlueHDi 100 S&S version & with it’s slick 6-speed manual gearbox, it was good to drive as well. Slower yes, taking 11.4 seconds to get you to 62mph & perhaps a little heavier on the road. But is does offer some benefits of the petrol. Whereas the petrol manual offers a claimed 45mpg with CO2 emissions of 103g/km & a BIK of 24%, the diesel comes with 96g/km of CO2 & a claimed combined as high as 62mpg. In the media, diesel may be as popular a word as Coronavirus, but despite this, if your mileage is in excess of 10,000 per annum, then the diesel 2008, with 27% BIK, still makes the most sense.
Are there any negatives with the 2008 ? We struggled to find anything of note. We’ve mentioned the teeny weeny piano keys & steering wheel obscuring the dials issues, but we are being picky. Perhaps retail customers will see the price of the range a s whole, as quite high when compared to the competition, but that is about it.
Jeux sans frontières 4/5