The 26th September 2020 marks a special anniversary for Peugeot – 210 years since the company was founded, or as Peugeot puts it: “210 years of boldness, passion and innovation.” Their new strapline is “2.1.0: Let’s Go!”
As with anything 210 years old, it seems as though there were moments where the drive, enthusiasm and get up & go, had got up and gone, but Peugeot must have found the fountain of youth, the elixir of life, because over the last few years, they’ve found an extra spring in their step again, as witnessed by the latest models.
They really have returned to form, and the all-new 2008 is just one small part of that; it’s their smallest SUV, but it packs a big punch.
The small SUV market is competitive – every manufacturer has an offering that sits squarely in the segment, from the ‘high end’ Germanic brands, through to the higher volume, more budget conscious makers. To compete, you need to be one or the other.
Except Peugeot. They’ve hit that golden sweet-spot, offering quality that will rival the likes of the Audi Q2, within a budget that can compete with all but the most-competitive offering.
There are three versions available – one petrol, one diesel, and one all-electric BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle). Of course, the excitement is all about the electric version, but it must be said, whatever the motive power, none of them will disappoint.
Let’s start with what will ultimately become the most popular version, the fully electric version. It uses the tried and tested electric powertrain from the e-208, which uses a 100kW motor coupled to a 50kWh battery pack, which delivers up to 134hp, unless you’re switching through the different driving modes – Eco (80hp), Normal (108hp) and Sport (134hp).
It has an optimum range of 193 miles, and can be charged to 80% in around 30 minutes, depending on the charger network used.
There are three petrol versions, all using the 1.2 litre engine, and they produce 99hp, 129hp or 153hp (badged as the Puretech 100, 130, and 155). Just one diesel version exists, and that’s the 1.5 litre BlueHDi 100.
In all honesty, each engine has its plus points – the Puretech 100 is super-frugal, the 130 is a great all-rounder, the 155 has enough performance to satisfy the ‘excitable’ driver, and the diesel 100 obviously delivers a good amount of lowdown torque.
Technology and fitted equipment varies throughout the range, but the trim levels are sensibly equipped, and even the entry level models get rear parking sensors, LED headlights, automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance, but if you want something a little extra, you don’t need to head to the top of the trim levels to find it.
Wireless phone charging, 10-inch touchscreen (7-inch on the lower cost models), 3D cockpit, and front parking sensors are available as you go through the range, and you’ll also find plenty of USB ports (including the new USB-C) throughout the 2008, and of course, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Add in 434 litres of luggage space, dynamic driving and handling (can any manufacturer beat the French small-car handling feel?) and strong residual values, and you’ll not go wrong with any of the versions available.
Just as a side note – it’s worth knowing that in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, Peugeot actually finished above Audi.
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