Zero in on Peugeot’s versatile crossover
THE battle rages for sales in the ever-growing crossover sector and Peugeot jumped into the ring last summer.
Its contender is a model based on the popular 208 supermini and it’s not just the case of adding an extra 0.
The 2008 gets a much more rugged look and comes with the all-round versatility buyers in this sector are looking for.
I sampled a top-of-the-range Feline model and didn’t find too much not to like about it.
A wide range of petrol and diesel engines are on offer with the 115bhp 1.6-litre diesel unit in the test car more than up to the task.
It pulled away smartly enough with a standstill to 62mph time of 10.4 seconds and with a top speed of 117mph was quiet enough at motorway speeds.
Mid-range power was there when needed and it was never too noisy going up and down the six-speed manual trans-mission.
Some models are capable of achieving a combined figure of 74mpg while the 2008 I sampled is stated at 70.6mpg – 60.1mpg urban and 78.6mpg extra urban.
I wasn’t driving in a manner to achieve top economy but the average fuel figure at the end of my test still showed a very acceptable 61mpg.
With its high-seating position, overall visibility for the driver is good and I thought this model handled well in town and when pushed along on some winding, country roads where it was agile enough.
The 2008 is front-wheel drive but top models get Grip Control as well as mud and snow tyres.
A dial on the centre console allows the driver to select five modes – standard, snow, off-road, sand and ESP off.
This traction control system – combined with the 165mm ground clearance – adds to the vehicle’s versatility.
The Feline model’s interior is fitted with quality materials and the panoramic glass roof allows lots of light into the cabin.
The smart cockpit features a small steering wheel, allowing the driver to look over it to see instruments and dials.
It is all well laid out with the touch screen on the dash but I felt the large hand brake was a bit clumsy and out of touch with the rest of the controls.
The rear seats can take three passengers although they might be a bit cramped on long journeys.
Crossover buyers are looking for space and versatility and the 2008 achieves this with its 360-litre boot that extends to 1194 litres with seats flat folded.
It’s also easy to load and unload goods thanks to the large boot opening and low loading sill.
The test car’s price is £19,445 but there is lots of choice in the 2008 range which has four trims – Access+, Active, Allure and Feline – and prices start at just £12,995.