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Peugeot's baby lion - Peugeot 2008

10.03.2014

IN A country where the great outdoors is often a stone’s throw away and a motoring community that’s constantly changing, Peugeot has finally introduced its urban crossover to the local market, dubbing it the 2008.

While the year 2008 might seem like ages ago, this car’s fresh appeal is stylish and modern.

Based on the successful 208’s platform, the 2008 boasts the same driving characteristics as its slightly more diminutive sibling, but incorporates more space and versatility to appeal to the new target market who craves escapism from the city.

From the outset the 2008 is inherently French in its design. By this I mean it’s a looker. Coming out of the fashion capital of the world, we expect a lot and it doesn’t fail to deliver.

Flowing curves and an attractive booty, along with generous proportions and glass to add to its beauty, signal the vehicle’s intent: it wants to transport you in the most stylish manner without sacrificing on comfort and functionality.

This can best be seen in the interior, which is made up of hard- and soft-touch materials that create a flowing cabin to give a sense of openness while the rear folding seats and large 360-litre boot make it a perfect vehicle for loading and unloading.

Additionally, the attention to detail is impressive and can’t be ignored as every panel gap is almost perfect. Throw into the mix a healthy dose of standard features and both the driver and passenger won’t be found wanting.

A full-colour touch-screen display is standard, which includes integrated satellite navigation, Bluetooth-powered telephony and audio streaming, USB and auxiliary audio inputs, a trip computer and an FM/AM receiver with multiple loudspeakers.

Out on the open road, the 2008 feels composed but the added ride height does mean the dynamics suffer slightly, although it makes off-roading a breeze. Switching between the various grip control levels by the twist of a button allows the car to adapt to the changing road conditions courtesy of Peugeot’s Grip Control system.

Powering this new crossover is Peugeot’s famed 1.6-litre engine, also found in its 208 brother.

Producing 88kW of power and a cheeky 160Nm of torque, the car does feel zippy given its size. Its lightweight design (the car weighs in at 1 080kg) means there is also some fun to be had, with a 0-100km/h sprint time of around 9.5 seconds and a top speed of 196km/h.

This lion is certainly a composed ride that offers practicality and comfort in a refined package, but with only one model available (the highly specced Allure), it might only appeal to a select few. Adding to this are the five-speed manual gearbox - which leaves the engine begging for a sixth at cruising speeds - and a slightly awkward driving position that results in the steering wheel covering the clocks (just like in the 208).

Other than this, the 2008 offers the adventurer in us everything we could want, from practicality mated with French flair and real-life usability. With other derivatives on the horizon, including an automatic, the 2008 ticks all the boxes.

The 2008 comes with Peugeot’s Premium Plan, which links a 3-year/100 000km warranty to a 5-year/60 000km maintenance plan.

PRICING

2008 1.6 Allure R269 900

 

Article written by Stuart Moir
10.03.2014
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