The Peugeot 2008 is perfect for those who want a small SUV that has a high driving position. It was launched in 2013 and updated in early 2017 with a new black grille and remodeled bumpers. The car’s funky layout remains the same. Its high-mounted instruments and small steering wheels are placed right up by the windscreen. Peugeot 2008 automatic with a 1.2-litre petrol engine is now available as well. The front seats of the Peugeot 2008, however, don’t provide adjustable lumbar support. The rear doors are narrow, making it difficult to fit a large child seat.
However, the Peugeot 2008 makes up for this by providing 5 seats that can accommodate several large soft bags and a baby stroller. The car also has a 410-liter boot. You can choose the 110hp diesel if you drive lots of motorway miles or get the 110hp petrol model if you often drive around town. 110hp petrol cars have an automatic gearbox. The Peugeot 2008 is easy and comfortable to drive even with the manual gearbox. The controls are light and easy to maneuver around town.
The suspension allows the car to take on potholes and large bumps smoothly and easily. If you want a small SUV that will allow your children or passengers to rest in the back, you would definitely love the Peugeot 2008.
Here are 8 amazing facts about the new Peugeot 2008 which you might not know:
- One of the biggest problems with the pre-face lift Peugeot 2008 is the automatic transmission or the lack of one in the 1.6-litre and 1.2-litre turbo-diesel variants. These versions only have a 5-speed manual gearbox. The only variant that provided an automatic transmission had to depend on an outdated and inefficient 4-speed torque-converter unit in the 1.6-litre Allure and Active iterations. The Peugeot 2008 now has a 4-speed torque-converter auto due to the Aisin EAT6 transmission.
- The Peugeot 2008 has an 81kW/205Nm 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine. It’s from the same international group of powertrains that power various models like the Kooky Citroen C4 Cactus, Peugeot 308 and Citroen Picasso People Mover. The Peugeot 2008 is 65kg heavier than the equivalently equipped 208. The previous 2008 variant had a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder petrol auto, but its 1.2T equivalent is lighter. This improved the new variant’s response and agility. The difference is 12kg.
- The Peugeot 2008 features an AWOL diesel engine. The Series II range no longer depends on the outdated turbo-diesel (1.6-liter) powered Outdoor model. The new sporty GT-Line has more glam and aesthetic appeal than the Series II range. However, it provides no further performance from the same 1.2T powertrain featured in other MY17 2008s. The combined average fuel use of the GT-Line’s Euro 6 emissions-rated engine is close enough to the remarkable 4.0L/100km rating of the old diesel.
- Peugeot redesigned the entire front section of 2008 because their research internationally revealed that prospective buyers didn’t like the simplicity of the original grille and nose treatments. As such, they made changes to the bonnet, grille, bumpers, and headlights. This gave the new Peugeot 2008 a more aggressive and unique appearance. The original car was styled at the studio of Groupe PSA in 2010, combining proposals from China and France.
- The low-wheel and high instrument dashboard layout of the new Peugeot 2008 came about when a senior engineer of the company was forced to drive his Peugeot 207 Supermini in a snowstorm in Switzerland. The near white-out conditions caused significant stress to the engineer, which inspired him to design a dashboard with raised instruments so that the eyes could remain focused on the road ahead. The lower position of the steering wheel improves better blood flow and reduces muscle fatigue as the elbows are not raised as high as in usual driving situations.
- Peugeot 2008 has earned a 5-star rating from Euro NCAP in 2013. The new variant is more expensive than other conventional small hatchbacks like the Peugeot 208 and Ford Fiesta, but it is still one of the best ways to get a vehicle that looks like a 4×4 with a raised driving position.
- Peugeot also provides great finance rates. The company’s Just Add Fuel three-year package covers the servicing, lease and insurance costs, so you can predict exactly how much you need to spend in order to buy your own Peugeot 2008.
- Taller rear passengers may wish for more knee room, but 2008 is spacious enough to allow an adult to sit behind a 6′ driver without feeling restricted.