Peugeot 2008 Allure new car review

Peugeot 2008 Allure new car review

Peugeot 2008 Allure new car review

Peugeot 2008 Allure new car review

The Peugeot 2008 compact SUV has been re-styled to give a more assertive look, including wheel arch extensions and a vertical front grille.

Access, Active and Allure levels are complemented by a new sporty ‘GT Line’ version, and prices start at £13,615, with a variety of petrol and diesel engines available, and Grip Control – an adapted traction system – to better tackle slippery surfaces.

Features include a compact sports steering wheel, 7-inch touchscreen display, and a head-up instrument panel which allows driver information to be accessed without taking eyes off the road.

Our Peugeot 2008 Allure new car review – priced at £18,115 – centred on the impressive 1.2 litre PureTech petrol engine, which though only 3-cylinder, has 130 hp and delivers peppy performance. The 0-60 mph time is 9.3 seconds, top speed 124 mph, and fuel economy is very good at 58.9 mpg combined.

Peugeot 2008 – unconventional design feature, but you soon get used to it

Crossover styling gives this family estate an attractive look and rather trendy look. The car can seat five in comfort and a 360 litre boot gives plenty of space for luggage, so its scores well for day-to-day practicality, especially as with rear seats folded you get a substantial 1,172 litres.

The driving dynamics of the 2008 are surprisingly good, with precise steering and neat agile handling thanks to a more supple suspension set-up which provides composed cornering and excellent ride comfort.

The cabin looks quite classy and while the steering wheel is smaller than most in the sector and the main dials are set high on the dashboard – you see them above the wheel rather than through it – you quickly become used to the unconventional design.

Equipment levels are quite generous and the mid-range Allure test model featured 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone air-conditioning, cornering fog lamps, auto lights and wipers, and rear parking sensor. There is also a 7-inch multi-function touchscreen and DAB radio, and Grip Control.

Competition is razor-sharp in the crossover sector but the new-look 2008 is certainly an appealing package.

FOR: Pleasing a driving feel, plenty of interior space and outstanding fuel economy.

AGAINST: Small steering wheel and raised console won’y suit everyone.

Peugeot 308 GT new car review

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Peugeot 308 GT new car review by Nick Fletcher

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The Peugeot 308 is a stylish five-door family hatchback taking on the likes of the VW Golf and Ford Focus, and that is a tall order.

However, the latest 308 models have a much more premium feel than their predecessors as the French company has significantly upped its game in a hard-fought market sector.

Peugeot also has a fine range of petrol and diesel engines delivering good performance and excellent fuel economy, so the 308 can now genuinely compete with the best the class has to offer.

My recent 308 GT test model underlined these points – charismatically styled, with a premium-look cabin and great handling characteristics. While the GT is quite sporty, it is not the all-out GTI version which is a separate model.

The GT is available with a 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine or, as on my test car, the 180 hp 2.0 litre Blue HDi diesel, fitted with the optional 6 speed auto gearbox. This is a superb engine, smooth, fluid and responsive.

The 0-60 mph time is 8.4 seconds, top speed 137 mph, and fuel economy an outstanding 70.6 mph combined. And road tax is just £20 a year due to emissions of just 103g/km.

Visually more sleek than the previous 308, the latest version has more subtle, more elegant styling, and with its quality cabin, fine driving dynamics and generous equipment levels, exudes a lot of appeal.

The 308 features Peugeot’s odd penchant for a small steering wheel and raised dial console which take a little getting used to.

Most of the controls are via a 9.7 inch central infotainment touchscreen which also takes time to fathom but is effective once you understand it.

Underway the 308 GT, priced at £26,445, is zesty without losing its sense of refinement. This ‘warm hatch’ model has a standard Sport Pack which at the touch of a button increases the responsiveness of the steering, gearbox and accelerator, and turns the dials from white to red!

The GT also has larger 18 inch alloys and lowered suspension. The result is a car which is delightful to drive. It is beautifully balanced, has outstanding grip and composure and still retains decent ride quality.

The only slight downside for the 308 – rear passenger space is tighter than in main rivals, a result of Peugeot enlarging the boot, which is now 470 litres, or 1,185 with the seats folded. The rear passenger doors are also smaller which means access needs a tad more agility.

Standard kit is excellent and includes sat nav, DAB radio, Bluetooth, keyless entry and push-button start, cruise control, collision alert and emergency collision braking.

FOR: Driving dynamics, low running costs, high equipment levels.

AGAINST. Cramped rear seats.