Peugeot has become a member of the compact crossover club with the new 2008. Based on the successful 208 hatchback, the 2008 speaks the automaker’s fresh new design language.
Peugeot’s Grip Control system optimises the 2008’s traction control settings for various conditions, and comes as standard. The 2008 has a raised ride height, allowing it to cope with various terrains. Its fuel-injected 1.6-litre unit has a maximum output of 88 kW with a torque peak of 160 Nm. The 2008’s capabilities are combined with frugal economy: the claimed fuel consumption is 5.9l/100 km in the combined cycle, with associated exhaust emissions of 135 g/km.
The 2008 shares similar features inside as the 208 but includes more gadgets. A large, full-colour touch screen display allows access to the extensive infotainment offering, 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.
The wide-opening tailgate provides access to a 360-litre boot. Split rear seats fold away completely, opening up more space. Adding to visual appeal and comfort, the Allure trim and equipment is a mix of genuine leather and comfortable cloth.Finely detailing includes metallic accents, ergonomically designed switchgear and subtle ambient illumination. Safety measures include front, side and curtain airbags, while active measures include latest-generation electronic stability control, as well as anti-lock brakes with emergency braking assistance and brake force distribution.
The 2008 1.6 Allure goes for R269 900. It will be the only model on offer at this stage, but others can be expected. The price includes a three-year/100 000 km warranty, and a five-year/60 000 km optional maintenance plan.