Last year, new car sales fell by 6.8%, although there was some buoyancy for the electric market, with registrations of ‘AFVs’ (Alternative Fuelled Vehicles) rising. But that hasn’t stopped the manufacturers from rolling out bigger & better things. Although, in some cases, it’s smaller, and better things.
Take the Peugeot 2008 for example. A small SUV based upon the new 208 (which in itself is a much sought after French supermini), and features all the great stuff, like the interior, technology, platform and electrification, but with a little more size, and perhaps even a little more flair. (If that’s possible).
There’s no getting away from it, the new 2008 has style in buckets.
There are six trim levels to choose from: Active, Active Premium, Allure, Allure Premium, GT Line and GT, with the GT coming in fully equipped. Choosing the Active trim will give you air conditioning, rear parking sensors, automatic LED headlights, automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, and a seven inch touchscreen infotainment system, which includes DAB radio and Apple CarPlay & Android Auto. Pretty impressive.
However, going up to the GT specification gives you a host of additional features and technology: panoramic glass roof, tinted windows, roof bars, alcantara trim, customisable mood lighting, wireless charging pad, 10 inch infotainment system, satellite navigation, reverse camera, lane-keep assist, blind spot monitor, and adaptive cruise control. Phew, and you thought the Active has a good specification list.
You get a similarly great range of powertrains also.
There are three petrol engines to choose from, all based on the 1.2 litre PureTech engine, a single diesel, and an all-electric version. With 100, 130 & 150hp variants, there’s enough choice for you all your needs, but if you swap to the electric version, you get a maximum of 134hp, but with three driving modes: Eco (giving you the equivalent of 80hp), Normal (108hp) and Sport – all 134hp.
With a choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox, or an 8-speed automatic (depending on trim and engine), it seems that the little Peugeot has everything covered, and even though it’s not an off-roader, it does have the Peugeot Grip Control system fitted, which distributes the power to whichever front wheel has the most traction. It sounds like it’s simple, but it does work remarkably well, and has presets for snow, mud and sand.
Peugeot have really upped their game in the last few years, they’ve gone back to their glory days, to when “The lion goes from strength to strength” was true, and thanks to that, there’s never been a better time to buy Peugeot.
Residual values are strong, the quality is right up there with the best of them, and the interiors wouldn’t be amiss in something German with a few extra numbers in the pricetag.
Unfortunately, it’s not available to test drive right now, but if you’d like to find out more, or put your name on the list, contact one of friendly team members – they’ll tell you everything you need to know