Peugeot 2008 1.6 E-HDi 115 (2013)


The Peugeot 2008 is a well-blended compact crossover following the familiar recipe, wherein the same engines, chassis architecture and cabin fixtures are used. However, extra ride height was added to an almost SUV-like body.

We drove the top-spec Peugeot Feline model to really find out whether the 2008 actually pulls off this proven formula.

2008 Peugeot Or 208

Your first question would be, why would you be interested in paying around £1000 more for a 2008 Peugeot when you can just have the 5-door 208? Good question, with a very simple answer. You'd be paying for extra space, as the transmissions, engine performance and economy are very similar.

The Peugeot 2008 offers more headroom in front, and a lot of legroom at the back, which should be enough space for 6-foot passengers sitting behind 6-foot front sitters. If you are taller than that for a few more inches, then you'd have a problem and should probably get a bus. There shouldn't be any complaints from children though, especially if you go for the top of the range Feline, which has a gigantic glass roof complete with electric blind.

Cool Dashboard But Slow Touchscreen

You'd think there'd be no more room left for style with all that space, but you'd be pleasantly surprised with the cool dashboard, which is almost the same as what you get with the 208 supermini. That's either a positive or negative, depending on your taste, but they are all there, including the sometimes laggy touchscreen, the tiny steering wheel, and the glossy temperature controls.

The Peugeot 2008 may not be as sporty as the Nissan Juke, but it is a clear match of the Vauxhall Mokka and the Renault Captur. The Peugeot is more comfortable, even with 17in wheels, although body roll is quite evident compared to the Nissan Juke.

Tiny Steering Wheel

The tiny steering wheel somehow offers a sense of nimbleness, while the light rack is off centre. Flicking the 2008 for turns around town and even on open roads eventually becomes natural, but it takes a bit longer than your regular 30 minutes test drive for you to get used to it. You have to settle in with the aggressive self-centring action and some kickback. You will also feel any potholes and other badly surfaced roads, but you'd adapt to it eventually.

The 6-speed manual gearbox is way better than the 5-speed you get from Peugeots of lower specs, and is well worth the option. Our test car had a 1.6L 113 bhp diesel engine with a decent torque that went up to 1750rpm which you can push to 2000rpm. If you were to push it further to 3000rpm, it'd be gruff and whiny.

Snow & Mud Tyres

All Peugeot 2008s are fitted with snow and mud tyres. And thanks to the well-applauded Peugeot-Citroen's GCS or Grip Control System, you can choose Off-Road, Sand, Snow, ESP Off and Mud settings for stability and traction control which you switch on the centre tunnel using dials that reminded me of those used in Land Rovers.

The Verdict For The Peugeot 2008

This car presents great value, is decent to drive and very refined, which is why it deserves its places among its compact crossover contemporaries you see in school runs. The Peugeot 2008 will clearly give the 208 a run for its money, what with its bigger boot and the flat load sill which we found very handy. You just need to press a button to automatically stow the rear seats and you have 1194 litres more space. The 2008 wins in terms of space, crashing the Nissan Juke to the ground with its measly 251 litres of load space.

Contributed by: Marquis Auto Locksmiths.

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