PEUGEOT expects that its all-new 2008 model, with a strong line-up of engines and a body style that is growing in popularity, will do well in the crossover stakes when it arrives in July. This is a compact crossover based on the award-winning 208, and enters the market against such models as the Nissan Juke, Opel Mokka, and Skoda Yeti in a segment that has seen sales grow considerably as a new wave of well-designed models comes on stream.
Apart from the strong engine line-up, Peugeot has a special feature that will attract many motorists. It is the Grip Control and considering the work it does for just €350 extra, which includes mud and snow tyres, it deserves top marks.
The system gives powerful grip on the two driving wheels. The Grip Control works through a management computer which detects a spinning wheel and eases back on power so that it gets a better grip. A dial on the console allows the driver to choose Standard Mode for normal driving or Snow, Off-Road, Sand or ESP-off, depending on road conditions.
The 2008 is taller and has longer body panels than the 208 and comes with roof rails and a low loading lip for easy loading. A quick-action folding device folds the rear seats and gives a fully flat cargo area of up to 1,193 litres. Passengers get a good seating position and the cabin feels airy. Storage space is good.
Up front, the driver gets a well organised dash with all controls within easy reach. The low mounted steering wheel works well here thanks to the higher driving position than that of the 208 model. Travel over most roads is smooth. Peugeot Connect Apps which include traffic and parking information is available, and even gives weather updates. Park Assist is also available as an option.
The engine line-up starts with the 1.2 litre petrol unit with 82 bhp output (€200 road tax) and a choice of two 1.4 litre diesel units putting out 68 bhp and 92 bhp (€190 and €180 road tax).