The Peugeot 2008 has become a new sensation in the market of small crossovers. It has a mixture of equipment, low running costs and style. Conventional hatchback models have lost all the charm in the small crossover market because of the launch of the revised 2008 model of Peugeot. A decent driving experience is delivered by it and greater security is also promised in bad weather conditions. Due to its practically, enough versatility is offered to growing families.
Though the Peugeot 2008 Active SUV does not feel as adventurous as 4X4-themed Nissan Juke, a generally plush-feeling interior and strong practicality is offered by this model of Peugeot 2008. It is not only refined and comfortable but it is also designed with the latest technology and mechanicals.
Peugeot 2008 is available at an affordable $29,990 drive away cost with a warranty of unlimited kilometers for 5 years. It has an accommodation of 5 people with a good amount of luggage. Efficient diesel and strong petrol are offered by its engine range. Though it is not a most exciting option, but it is definitely a matured and good selection.
The Peugeot 2008 SUV was launched in the year 2013 in showrooms for the very first time. Due to the blend of low running costs, upmarket interior and practicality, it not only hit the crossover market but also able to captured the attention of SUV lovers. In the year 2010, it underwent major improvements in stylish looks and line-up. Carplay/Mirrorlink is considered as one of its key features that appeal to most of the customers.
The Peugeot 2008 crossover will be available in GT- Line Active specs in Australia from April 2017. A 1.2 Pure Tech petrol in 130 and 82 power guises makes up the range of its engine. Many parts are shared between Peugeot 2008 crossover and Peugeot 2008 supermini. As only a three-or five-door is offered by supermini, so the Peugeot 207 SW estate can be replaced with Peugeot 2008.
The Peugeot 2008 crossover was launched in 2013 and went through changes with each passing year. In 2015, its engine was updated for running more efficiently and a facelift was gained in 2016 with technological improvement in cabin, so that it looks same as the 5008 and 3008 SUVs.
There is a huge competition in the market of small crossovers nowadays and Peugeot 2008 too has many rivals. Renault Captur is one such rival that has same size as the 2008 but fails in matching the upmarket quality of Peugeot 2008. Though small crossover class was invented by the Nissan Juke, but the 2008 surpasses it in terms of practicality and size. Peugeot 2008 has some of the mechanical components and engines, the same as the Citroen C4 Cactus, but Peugeot looks much more stylish than Citroen. Fiat 500L Trekking, Ford EcoSport and Vauxhall Mokka X are some of the other competitors of the Peugeot 2008 crossover.
Four-wheel drive option is not offered by the 2008, so, buy Peugeot’s Grip Control system instead of other crossovers. Peugeot i-cockpit is another key feature of Peugeot 2008 that makes it unique. A switchable traction control system with various modes and snow and mud tyres are added in the Grip Control System of Peugeot 2008. Grip can be optimized by the driver according to the condition of different surfaces.
Engines, drive and performance
A comfortable drive is offered by Peugeot 2008. The facelift that Peugeot 2008 underwent was actually artificial because under the outer layer nothing had changed significantly. This latest model provides a longer-travel suspension than its previous model. Raised ride height, riding comfort, visibility and reverse camera are some of its major features.
If you travel on the open road, your body will keep on rolling fairly without the feel of unstableness or lack of confidence. Because of the very small steering wheel, it may lose some confidence on the motorway. It comes with all-season tyres, so it can run well in any weather condition. Due to sharpness, the steering has decent grip. Road noise is produced by this kind of tyre at motorway speeds.
Passengers may sometime feel uncomfortable due to its tendency of jerking over bumpers. But at lower speeds, the Peugeot 2008 runs very smoothly over sharp ridges and potholes. This top spec model of Peugeot 2008 comes with long sixth gear by which the engine is allowed to change its speed at 1,990 rpm.
The Peugeot 2008 has one of the main features of rear park assist, one that helps the model to attract more customers towards it. Peugeot comes with stand grip control. Traction is improved by the system especially in low-grip conditions. Though other crossovers come with four-wheel drive to improve traction, but the Peugeot 2008 comes with a front-wheel-drive transmission. Special all-weather tyres and traction control of the car are used by Peugeot 2008 to provide extra grip.
One of the five models is allowed to select by the drivers with the help of a central dial. These five modes are – sand, off-road, standard, snow or ESP off. If you set the mode to snow, the car will run efficiently on the snow or ice covered areas. It also comes with 16” alloy wheels.
Though only two engines sizes such as 1.2 litre petrol engine are available in Peugeot 2008, but a wide choice of power outputs are offered by the 2008 line-up. A three-cylinder 1.2 litre is the present range of petrol engine that most of the crossovers come with. The 1.2 Pure Tech Petrol Engine with 81 KW has become quite old choice. Choose the livelier 108 KW version of the 1.2 Pure Tech to maintain the technological advancement. An amazing performance is delivered by this type of engine.
EAT6 full automatic transmission of Peugeot can be availed by you with the 1.2 Pure Tech engine which is efficient, smooth and fast. But the Peugeot 2008 does not feature any automatic choice for petrol power, if a self-shifting gearbox is needed by you.
MPG, CO2 and running costs
81 KW 1.2 with EAT6 transmission is the best version of petrol engine presently for active SUV crossovers. 110g/km and 4.8 L/100 km are claimed as highway cycle by this engine version.
Interior, design and technology
The Peugeot 2008 has a more classy and muscular design in 2016 than that of other crossovers. Though the outer design has undergone a major change, the interior remains amazingly classy and is the same as before. An amazing shrunken 4X4 look is offered to the Peugeot 2008 by its chunky detailing and a boxy shape. This type of design has become a latest fashion in SUVs. It has given a tough competition in terms of style to the other crossovers in the class.
A concrete effort has been made by Peugeot 2008 to take the whole small crossovers market towards its side. This policy has made this model a successful one in pushing the upmarket for itself. It is smaller in size than the other family hatchbacks. Due to its amazing and rugged SUV lines, the Peugeot 2008 has an efficient road presence. Only the visual appeal of the Peugeot 2008 has been enhanced because of its recent facelift. It has undergone changes with a large sized nose, plus redesigned headlights, chrome detailing on Allure models, more upright grille and a new front bumper.
The inclusion of extra black cladding is another major change in the Peugeot 2008. It begins on the front bumper and goes all way to the rear side of the car. New nose, back bumpers and fake skid plates are also some of the new addition in Peugeot 2008’s latest version. It looks quite expensive due to its alloy wheels, chrome trim inserts and neat detailing.
The interior design of the Peugeot 2008 has maintained the class standards because of its classy look. Other than some minor changes, most of the design of the interior has been left unchanged as its older version. Some of the changes of interior design are carbon fibre-effect finish across the dashboard and new seat upholstery. The cabin layout of Peugeot 2008 is the same due to the higher placement of the instruments with a small sized steering wheel.
The seats of Peugeot 2008 are highly comfortable. The driving position of this car is very unusual and much more different than the other crossovers. But you will get used to this new driving position of this SUV very soon. Pearlescent paint Active City Braking, panoramic glass roof and Part Assist are some of the options that are needed to be considered by the buyers. You will also have to consider its head-up display. The Peugeot 2008 comes with 5 years of warranty with 75,000 capped price servicing.
Sat-Nav, Stereo And Infotainment
The Peugeot 2008 comes with clear infotainment touchscreen. This feature is same as in the Citroen C4 Cactus. This system in Peugeot 2008 is not at all easy to use, so you need to learn some technique to use it. This touchscreen is highly sensitive to the input data and you have to go through many sub-menus for some ordinary and basic functions.
You have to pay extra amount in order to upgrade you Peugeot 2008 with sat-nav. Apple CarPlay and Mirrorlink can be availed by you after upgrading your car. You can also combine the touchscreen with Peugeot Connect Apps USB key, which is purely optional. 3G is required to connect, by which you can get certain apps like points of interest information, parking and live traffic.
Comfort, Practicality and Boot Space
Though the Peugeot 2008 is a small SUV crossover that looks small from the outside, but a good amount of space is provided inside for the accommodation of not only passengers but also for decent amount of luggage.
Only one body style is offered by the Peugeot 2008, which is, an SUV-style five-door with five seats. This car is a combination of reasonably practical cabin, compact exterior dimensions and an efficient engine. The engine of the Peugeot 2008 has got the award of 2015 & 2016 International Engine of the Year (1.0L-1.4L). Some of the buyers also prefer supermini sized MPVs like Ford B-MAX due to its practicality.
Though the Peugeot 2008 looks quite bulky because of its high ground clearance, actually it is not so. It is a small and compact active SUV. It is a bit larger in size than some of the other crossovers. It has the length of 4,159 mm and width of 1,829 mm. If you compare its size with other SUVs, you will find that the Renault Captur has 4,122 mm length and 1,778mm breadth and the Nissan Juke has 4,135 mm length and 1,765 mm breadth.
Passenger space, head room and leg room
The Peugeot 2008 has an airy, spacious and good cabin which can make you feel awesome. There is ample space at the front side of the cabin where even very tall adults can accommodate easily and comfortably. It has a panoramic roof. It has spacious interior because of its raised ride height.
At the front side, cabin storage is less where only a small bin can be kept at the back of the gear level. The left hand drive models are larger than the glove box on right hand driving cars because the fuse box is situated at its back. But it has a decent steering wheel for the ease of driving of the drivers.
The rear headroom of the Peugeot 2008 is neither very large nor very small. Its size is quite acceptable. This model of car has comfortable seats so that the passengers can travel comfortably. Its seating position is elevated due to the raised ride height of the car.
The boot of Peugeot 2008 offers 1,172 litres if you fold the rear seat and 360 litres with the entire seat unfolded. A flat load area is left, as the back seats fold in a 60:40 split. The boot floor offers extra and hidden space.
Thus, the Peugeot 2008 is surely one of the best compact SUVs in the current market.