The new 2008 Peugeot can be compared to the finest treat – it is unique and irresistible. There are many high-tech details that have affected the specific image
There are few cars that can boast of so many attractive design and technical solutions. Peugeot has been more than original in recent years, and the recognizable aesthetics are applied to the complete range, even to the latest crossover in 2008.
It was constructed, just like the new Peugeot 208, on the EMP1 mechanical platform, better known as the CMP (Common Modular Platform).
Compared to its smaller brother, it has a longer wheelbase, much more space in the rear seats and a larger trunk.
The engines are more or less the same, except that 2008 does not have the weakest atmospheric, but they are all turbocharged. It is a three-cylinder petrol engine with 100, 130 and 150 hp.
The only diesel on offer is the 1.5 BlueHDi with 102 and 130 horsepower. The fully electric version is becoming more and more popular in Europe, and we will probably have to wait for it here in Serbia.
For the test, we took a copy that belongs to the golden mean of the offer. This means that under the hood is a 1.2 turbo with 130 “horses”, while the equipment package is medium, Allure.
Every 2008, even the basic ones, have standard LED headlights and taillights, including attractive “cat’s tusks”, which have the function of daytime running lights.
The Allure package also has specially designed taillights in 3D LED technology, which certainly affects the attractiveness of the car.
However, it happened to us that people from behind thought we were driving a 3008, considering that they are quite similar, at least in terms of ideas.
Yet, on closer inspection, the differences are huge. Also, the new Peugeot 2008 can be mixed with the old one, at least until you get used to its sharp lines and the already mentioned “tusks”.
The height of the vehicle from the ground is not stated in the factory data, but it is clear that the car is a real crossover, ready for high curbs, but also other challenges that we will talk about later.
Already when the door is opened, the quality is obvious; it doesn’t have that hollow sound like Asian models. It takes a bit more of a leg to get in, since the threshold is unexpectedly high.
No one is immune to a high-tech atmosphere. The unique step-down control panel has been given additional attractive elements – these are central keys in the form of a keyboard like on the Peugeot 3008, and something that only the 208 and 2008 can boast of: 3D digital instruments.
We are used to several types of displays in Peugeot models, but this three-dimensional effect really leaves an impression.
It is especially obvious in the variant when the navigation map is seen in full screen, where the arrow indicating the car and the speed mark literally cast a shadow from the upper to the lower layer of the display.
It is also commendable that 3D digital instruments are standard on the “allure” equipment package, which includes automatic air conditioning with one zone, engine start on the button, four USB ports, one of which is USB type C, front armrest, rear parking sensors with reversing camera and 17-inch diameter alloy wheels.
The basic package already has an automatic braking system with pedestrian recognition, an active system for keeping the vehicle in the traffic lane with steering wheel correction, traffic sign recognition, cruise control…
The standard multimedia display has a diagonal of seven inches with a bluetooth connection and a mirror link option, while the test copy is charged more than ten inches, which includes navigation.
There is a big difference in relation to the smaller one, because with the smaller one there are commands for moving through the menu on the left and right side of the display, while with the larger one they are moved to the keyboard.
It therefore has twice as many buttons, half of which operate on the principle of electrostatic electricity, that is, it is sensitive to touch. It’s pretty exotic among the B-segment models, even if they were crossovers as well.
Peugeot made sure that the quality of the material was in line with the standards in the class. This means that the control panel is soft.
The door is, as expected, hard plastic with a larger surface than eco-leather under the elbow. For every compliment, there is a standard electro-folding mirror with lighting for the space around the sides of the car, so that you don’t step on a bar or mud in the dark.
Automation for all four windows is also standard, as is an electrochromatic interior mirror with automatic dimming.
The seats do not have lumbar support and are somewhat shorter. It sits fairly upright as with most competitors, with the steering wheel literally in the lap here, so you can look at the instruments over the hoop rather than through it.
In the back, as we said, there are many more seats than in the “two hundred and eight”. Here, too, the seats are a bit shorter, but also lower, so that you sit with your knees slightly raised.
There is plenty of room for the knees, while there is about ten centimeters of space above the head of a person of average height. In essence, the 2008 Peugeot as a B-segment crossover is more spacious than a typical C-segment hatchback.
The same applies to the boot, which has a volume of 405 liters, plus 29 liters in the space of the spare wheel of reduced dimensions, which is paid extra.
Its volume cannot be further increased by moving the rear seats lengthwise as with some competitors, but it does have a double-bottom shelf. There are no bag hooks either.
A 1.2-liter turbo gasoline engine with 130 “horsepower” is the right measure for a 1,200-kilogram car. The vibrations are felt a bit more in relation to some German competitors, and the sound of the three-cylinder machine is more pronounced.
It is nothing excessive, on the contrary. Most drivers would not notice these finesse at all. And those who notice will forgive him for the first squeeze of gas.
The engine can pull hard, the reaction to the gas command is fast, with an imperceptible turbo-hole. You definitely don’t need a stronger engine to drive around the city and on the highway.
There is no problem with uphills either, and it is elastic enough that it does not require frequent changes of speeds. Compared to some competitors, it is not a fan of very low revs.
In general, you can drive it at 1100, but it will complain of slightly stronger vibrations, while the gear indicator on the instrument panel will suggest a lower speed.
In that sense, the transmission ratios are a bit longer, so at 50 km / h it “seeks” the fourth, while the sixth recommends only over 80 km / h, almost like a diesel.
It behaves the same way when starting from standstill, you don’t have to worry that it will turn off, because it will also start by releasing the clutch, thanks to the injection system which is programmed to raise the revs in that situation.
Consumption is, in line with power, slightly higher than competitors with a thousand cubic meters. It consumes about 7.5 to 8.0 l / 100 km per city, while at 130 km / h (at a fairly low 2700 rpm) the on-board computer currently shows between 6.5 and 8.4 l / 100 km depending on the wind direction .
The big surprise is the gearbox, which, compared to previous generations and the “Peugeot” generation, has short and precise strokes.
It is a real pleasure to use it with a well-designed clutch that fits the gas nicely. It is very stable on the route, even at high road speeds, with a slightly more pronounced noise of air flow over 140 km / h.
The suspension is, as expected from the “French”, relatively soft. “Swimming” over large passes is expressed, as well as when crossing over combs, which reminds us of large limousines.
There is a moderate inclination in the curves, very predictable and in the absolute limits of control.
So, the emphasis is on comfort and convenience, although the elastic and powerful engine can provide a lot of sports character in combination with a precise gearbox. Therefore, overtaking is not a problem, but it is relaxed and safe.
The good news is that in addition to the tested engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission can also be ordered, which raises the price of the car by about two thousand euros.
By the way, the 2008 Peugeot is available from 19,490 euros, which is the price of the version with the first of four equipment packages and the weaker version of the 1.2 turbo-petrol with 101 horsepower. A test copy can be purchased for 22,690 euros.
Study the cruise control before use
As with other PSA Group cars, on the Peugeot 2008 you must study the adaptive radar cruise control commands before use, as they are completely obscured by the steering wheel.
Once you get used to it, they are easy and intuitive to use, including a button to adjust the distance from the vehicle in front.
Three phones in one place
The special mobile phone compartment has a wireless charging option. The phone can also be placed on the cover so that the display faces the driver.
Another large phone can fit in the shelf below, so there can be a total of three phones next to each other.
First in class
The Peugeot 208 and 2008 are the first cars in the class with 3D digital instruments. The three-dimensional effect is especially pronounced when choosing the navigation display, with attractive speedometer shadows and map arrows indicating the car.
The driver can also choose the dominant color of the instruments, but also several types of displays. Neither of the two tachometer displays has a precise division.
“Grip control” is a 4 × 4 system
All-wheel drive is not on offer because very few people use it in a car of this class. That’s why Peugeot has installed a “Drive mode” button through which you can select the type of surface, for example, snow or mud.
The car will adjust the ESP system to simulate the differential lock, in order to get out of the situation in which it would otherwise be stuck.
There is also a button to activate the system for descending down steep and slippery slopes. Its task is to brake the car itself wheel by wheel, maintaining a minimum speed when descending.
This ensures that there is no slipping to the side. All the driver needs to do is release the brake and steer.
Peugeot 2008 1,2 PureTech Allure
Motor: 3 cylinders, displacement 1199 ccm, power 96 kW (130 HP) at 5500 rpm, max. torque 230 Nm at 1750 rpm, manual transmission, 6 gears
Dimensions: L / W / H 1770/1815/1987 mm, wheelbase. distance 2605 mm, boot 405 + 29 l, tank 44 l, weight 1194 kg, tires 215/60 R17
Performance: max. speed 202 km / h, acceleration 0-100 km / h 9.7 s, consumption 5.3 / 4.0 / 4.5 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions 126 g / km
Standard: automatic air conditioning, 3D instrument panel, button engine start, electric parking brake, el. folding mirrors with vehicle lighting, electrochromic mirror, 4 USB ports, front armrest, 3D LED rear lights, rear parking sensors with camera, double boot bottom, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic braking, active vehicle restraint, traffic signs, hill-start assist, cruise control, leather steering wheel and gear lever, 7-inch multimedia, 6 speakers, Mirror Screen option, bluetooth connection, rain and light sensor, LED headlights
Options: LED fog lights, front parking sensors, “Grip Control” and downhill assistance, contactless unlocking, additionally tinted rear windows, adaptive cruise control, wireless phone charging, 10-inch multimedia navigation, reduced size spare wheel
Source: Auto magazin by www.magazinauto.com.
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