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.