Four years after the initial launch of the Peugeot 2008, new 2008 crossover has received a “mid-life update that places a stronger emphasis on the 2008 SUV’s all-terrain DNA.”
There are changes to the front styling and exterior detailing such as a bolder grille and the elongated headlights, as well as an updated interior to match the design of the 308 hatchback. This features the 7-inch colour touch-screen display, which is standard across the range, with a satnav system standard on GT Line models.
The ride height has been raised to offer 165mm of ground clearance and although the entry-level Active model is fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, the other three derivatives all sit on 17-inch alloys.
The two entry-level 2008 SUVs are fitted with the 1.6 HDi turbodiesel engine with a five-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. The first has the basic Active trim, while the second diesel model in the line-up, as well as the first of the two petrol models comes with a more comprehensive standard equipment list and Allure trim package.
The two petrol models utilise the efficient three-cylinder, 1.2-litre turbo engine, with 81kW of power and 205Nm of maximum torque that kicks in at just 1 500 r/min. This engine is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. The Allure package is identical across both models petrol and diesel) and then the flagship petrol model comes with the newly introduced GT Line trim level.
The 2008 GT Line boasts a sporty, crimson-themed execution inside and out, and an even more extensive list of key features, although the technical specification remains identical to that of the Allure 1.2 PureTech Auto version.
The GT Line model comes with Peugeot’s Grip Control system, which adapts the drivetrain to a variety of conditions via a rotary controller in the centre console. It offers four modes: normal, snow, all-terrain and sand.
While ‘normal’ is the default mode, snow mode operates at speeds below 50 km/h and varies the urge between the front wheels while allowing controlled wheelspin to optimise traction.
In all-terrain mode, the 2008 SUV gains additional capability off the road. As much of the available torque as possible is transferred to the wheel with the most traction, thus operating as a virtual limited-slip diff at speeds of up to 80 km/h.
Finally, sand mode, at speeds of up to 120 km/h, again offers scope for limited wheelspin to prevent the 2008 SUV from bogging down in sand, and thus retaining momentum.
The new 2008 SUV is the first of “three significant new model releases planned for this year”. The new 2008 SUV model range will be launched to the public on Friday, 17 March 2017.
2008 SUV Active 1.6 HDI Manual R274 900
2008 SUV Allure 1.6 HDi Manual R299 900
2008 SUV Allure 1.2 PureTech Automatic R324 900
2008 SUV GT Line 1.2 PureTech Automatic R349 900
The price includes a three-year/100 000 km warranty, a three-year/45 000 km service plan, a three-year paint warranty, roadside assistance, mobility and a 12-year anti-perforation warranty. Services are scheduled at 15 000 km intervals.