Peugeot's crossover is an alternative for those who want SUV practicality in a small package. The new Peugeot 2008 is a small car that packs a big punch when it comes to storage, ride and comfort.
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The 2008 looks like an SUV that has shrunk in the wash, which is a good thing for city living and day-to-day use more or less anywhere. You won't have to worry about its size being a problem, but you will get the benefits.
Peugeot has created a sporty looking machine which is a real alternative to the more rugged crossover SUV-style cars, thanks to a raked shoulder line, a sloping front-end and an ornate fascia that does a convincing job of concealing its size. It offers all the advantages of a high-riding SUV without the bulky looks, thanks to clever contours and the cunning use of chrome detailing.
It's based on the 208, but you can seat five adults in comfort and fit a lot of luggage in there, too. The interior has a grown-up and executive feel, with soft-touch plastics and fabric trim on the dash, an elegant centre console and blue neon-rimmed dials.
Every model from the Active up comes with a 7" touchscreen to control the DAB digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity for your phone and optional navigation, too.
You'll feel the benefit of the panoramic glass roof if you opt for the Allure or Feline, which floods the car with light, dual-zone air con and a vast amount of options when it comes to interior trim. You can go for the rugged cloth trim or choose premium leather for the supportive seats.
The 128bhp diesel engine is Euro 6 emissions compliant, produces less than 100g/km of carbon dioxide and comes with three-stage filtration. The end result is 90% less nitrogen oxide, and 99.9% of particulates are filtered out. There's a choice of BlueHDi engines too, including cheaper 81bhp and 108bhp diesel versions that both return 76.3mpg.
The optional park assist system will take the pain out of parallel parking, and Peugeot Connect SOS can even alert the emergency services if your seatbelt tensioners or airbags go off. In the event of an accident the emergency services will get there faster, and if you just need assistance, then Peugeot Connect Assistance can help with that too.
The 2008 comes with an advanced Electronic Stability Programme that helps gather things up when the car starts to slide. Grip control is also available on certain models and tailors the ESP programme to work on snow, sand and more. It effectively shifts power between the front wheels to prevent this plucky SUV getting bogged down.
Six airbags should catch you if the worst happens, and directional foglights on the Allure and Feline will help you avoid getting in to trouble in the first place. Then there is the 5-Star Euro NCAP crash test result, which proves that the little Peugeot can take a hit when it really has to.