Peugeot SA has introduced its all-new 2008 compact crossover to the local market.
Though it rides on the same platform as the humble 208 hatch, it looks almost nothing like it on the outside.
Sure, it shares some of the 208’s signature design cues, but with a decent dollop of SUV aggression added to the mix. It works very well in our opinion, especially when viewed from the side. The 17-inch alloy wheels, tinted windows and roof bars are fitted as standard.
It’s good news on the inside as well, with Peugeot carrying over the multi-function touchscreen display from the 208. It works a charm and is highly intuitive to use. It allows the driver to control all audio, as well as navigation functions. The sound system features Bluetooth connectivity that can be used for phoning or audio streaming, an iPhone jack and a USB port.
Other interior features include cruise control, half leather trim, electric windows and mirrors, leather covered multi-function steering wheel, an on-board computer and on-board navigation.
The wheelbase of 2.54 metres means generous space for every occupant of the 2008, while the ergonomically thinner seat backs mean it’s particularly roomy for rear passengers.
Folding the 60:40 split rear seats boosts storage volume from 360 to 1194 litres, of which 22 litres are under the floor. One press of the button at the top of the rear seat back is all it takes to fold the seat, as the base cushion retracts automatically.
Because the 2008 is essentially a family vehicle, heavy emphasis has been placed on safety. This nimble crossover comes as standard with ABS, ESP, Hill Assist and six airbags. It also received the maximum five stars for safety from Euro NCAP.
The most interesting safety feature is called Grip Control, which is basically an advanced traction control system that optimizes the traction of the front wheels. It has five selectable modes: standard, mud, all terrain, sand and ESP.
The 2008 is powered by a naturally aspirated 1,6-litre four-cylinder petrol powertrain. It produces 88kW and 160Nm of torque and is mated to five-speed manual transmission.
Peugeot claims a fuel consumption figure of 5,9 l/100km on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 135g/km.
The Peugeot 2008 retails for R269 900 and comes as standard with a five year/60 000km maintenance plan and a three year/100 000km warranty as standard.