If you like the latest generation of Peugeot 208, and you have learned a little about it, then 2008 will not be a revelation for you. Now there is no point again (after all, we have already tested 208) to admire the features of these “French”. It is worth going the other way: to consider what exactly Peugeot 2008 stands out from other cars. It is “cars”, because it will be about things more global than the intra-class struggle with crossovers Toyota C-HR and Suzuki Vitara.
When you first look at the Peugeot 2008, you immediately pay attention to its bright appearance. Moreover, it does not just attract attention with its originality, but it seems” out of class ” expensive. And it doesn’t even matter if you personally like this car or not: 2008 looks more expensive than any of the competitors. There are a lot of different edges and stamping on the body, which previously in this segment, manufacturers could not afford. If you imagine the absence of these design elements for a second, it seems that all the “magic” of the crossover’s appearance would have gone with them.
Peugeot 2008 front view
Solutions in the form of black-painted rear body racks, three-dimensional lights with complex geometry and contrasting lacquered elements do not look out of place or cheap. At the same time, the lines of the crossover seem simple and restrained. Therefore, even if you do not like the appearance of Peugeot 2008, you can hardly refuse to show it off.
Peugeot 2008 rear lights
The pattern of the head optics is undeniably recognizable. However, it should be noted that the diode lights (as in the test car) are only available in the top GT Line configuration. In simpler versions, these three spectacular strokes in the head optics will not be. But even without them, the front of the car looks interesting.
Peugeot 2008 headlights and bumper
It is not entirely clear why French designers did not make the turn signals the same as in the model 508, that is, when the led “Fang” in the bumper lights up completely. Here, the direction indicators are small vertical stripes in the block lights. Against the General background of 2008, this decision looks very trivial.
Peugeot 2008 side view
But even without the turn signals in the “fangs”, this small crossover looks very bright. Given its target audience, I find this approach absolutely justified.
Peugeot 2008 rear view
Among the disadvantages, I would note the not quite successful algorithm of the Keyless system. When you approach the car, all the doors open, move away-close. I would like that when approaching the driver’s door, only it opens, and if I find myself near the passenger door, then both doors of that side open (this is how the system is implemented in some “Japanese”, and this is really convenient). “Classic” Keyless in Peugeot 2008 is also present, but only on the driver’s door.
Interior and trunk
The interior of this Peugeot crossover can send you into a knockout if you change into it, say, from some Skoda. The design approach here is really bold. The most powerful wow effect is created by the dashboard: the French went beyond two dimensions and tried to subdue the third. If you have ever come across how a teleprompter works, then it will be much easier for you to understand how a three-dimensional “picture”was implemented here. Exactly the same technology is used on the related 208 model. A simple and at the same time effective solution makes you look for an answer to the question of why no one has implemented anything like this before.
Peugeot 2008 salon
There are two screens on the dashboard: the first one is like all cars, and the second one is perpendicular to it under the visor. At an angle is a thin glass that reflects the image from the upper screen. The reflection is superimposed on the images of a standard display, and thus the effect of a three-dimensional image is achieved. The system works really well, except that I would like to add a little more speed to it (but this is not critical). In addition, the image does not fade in the sun. This decision is a successful attempt to stand out. I think this dashboard will help sell more 2008’s than the stories of many managers in car dealerships.
Peugeot 2008 dashboard
The build quality is at a good level, and the plastics are soft. Although the interior gives the impression of light (but no more) carelessness: in some places, the panels are not aligned, and the line on the seats could be even. On the other hand, individual elements are really fascinating in their elaboration. For example, the keys on the center console: they have a pleasant pressing force, clear functionality, and they look just awesome.
Some touch-sensitive buttons located behind the physical keys are in a separate menu multimedia system. And the quality of its work clearly “does not reach” the level of elaboration of the mentioned details. Nothing critical, but the performance is really not enough. Everything looks like a five, but it works like a three-plus.
Peugeot 2008 multimedia system
However, the functionality of the multimedia system in Peugeot 2008 is very broad. There is literally everything you need. And even regular navigation, although with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, its functionality goes by the wayside. This Peugeot is also equipped with wireless charging. Only here it is located on a too wide (although rubberized) platform, from where the smartphone easily shifts when braking, ceasing to charge. But you can always use one of the four USB sockets (two in the front, two in the back).
I can get quite comfortable in the driver’s seat, but the ergonomics are a little worse. Yes, there is enough space above my head (even with my height of 2 m), but if you adjust the steering wheel “for yourself”, the rim covers half of the dashboard. If you lower the steering column lower, it (as well as the forward center pillar) will interfere with getting in/out of the car.
Peugeot 2008 rear row of seats
The back row, obviously, was tight for me. But for a person with a height of about 180 cm – just right, even if you sit down “by yourself”. There is a margin of space both in front of the knees and in height. Two USB sockets are available for second-row passengers, but there is no rear seat heating even in the maximum configuration. However, this is normal for this class.
Peugeot 2008 trunk
The declared volume of the trunk in Peugeot 2008 is 434 liters, although the compartment itself does not look so voluminous. The sidewalls are not covered with felt, but with plastic that will scratch. The floor is quite hard, there is a small niche under it,and even lower is the dock.
Motor and dynamics
Under the hood of the test crossover is a 1.5-liter BlueHDi diesel engine with 130 HP and 300 Nm of torque. Enzo Ferrari once said that horsepower helps sell cars, but torque wins races. Actually, in 2008, everything is good with this, so I wondered if he would win “his race” in acceleration to 100 km/h. The manufacturer’s specified acceleration is 9.3 s.
Peugeot 2008 motor
Previously, I had already measured the acceleration of the hatch 208 (with a gasoline engine), and then the actual result differed from the stated one by a whole second. What about now? Our Peugeot 2008 accelerated in 10.41 s. And although this is more than indicated in the characteristics, but by the standards of the class, the result can be considered good. I think it might have been a little faster if it wasn’t for the replacement of the box at the start, because then the engine opens.
Peugeot 2008 acceleration to 100
So there are no questions about the dynamics of this car either when driving in the city or on the highway. Just as there are no complaints about the effectiveness of slowing down. With a speed of 100 km / h, we 2008 stops in 38.6 m. I can safely call this result a good one.
Noise isolation and visibility – by the standards of the class – are average. The car is not completely quiet, but no sounds are annoying. Visibility in three mirrors is good, but because of the high-raised hood, you can’t see what is in front of the bumper, even at a height of 40 cm. Therefore, I would like to see the front camera also available in 2008. But, unfortunately, even in the maximum configuration of the GT Line, the crossover is equipped only with a rear-view camera.
Peugeot 2008 fuel consumption
It was not possible to achieve the passport indicators of fuel consumption, as well as the declared acceleration dynamics, during the test. There is no question of any 4 l/100 km. The actual consumption was about 7 l / 100 km. I won’t say that I saved money on purpose, but I didn’t play racing either. In my opinion, this consumption of diesel fuel is somewhat large, especially if you take into account the compact size of the car. On the other hand, there is an engine with a very pleasant 300 Nm recoil. Therefore, it will not be difficult to leave the traffic light first on a Peugeot 2008.
The crossover is built on the new CMF platform. For many, this information may seem superfluous, but what is really important is the presence of aluminum elements in the suspension. Which is both good and bad. This is bad because you can only guess about the suspension resource now. But the positive side is that the use of aluminum usually has a positive effect on the smoothness of the ride. Specifically, in this case, everything is so, but you need to make a reservation right away that it was not without nuances.
Peugeot 2008 road behavior
The peculiarity of this platform, which is also called EMP1, is that it is also used for the production of electric vehicles. I’ve driven an all-electric Peugeot 208 before. And then it seemed to me even more comfortable than the version with an internal combustion engine. It is difficult to imagine what will happen with the 2008 model. But one thing can be said for sure: even this version with an internal combustion engine is at the top of the entire K1 class in terms of comfort.
Peugeot 2008 clearance
The clearance of the test crossover is 19 cm. This is a very good indicator (which, let’s be honest, allows you to look down on the Mazda CX-3). The suspension itself is soft: you are not afraid of any swells, paving stones or dirt roads. In its “omnivore” this suspension (front mounted MacPherson struts, rear-beam) is somewhat similar to the suspension in the Renault Sandero Stepway. And this, when we talk about energy intensity, is a compliment.
Peugeot 2008 on a dirt road
However, this setting has a running gear and the reverse side of the coin. The fact is that, for example, when driving on paving stones (especially when it is wet), the ESP system indicator lights up repeatedly on the dashboard. Of course, other cars may also differ in similar settings, but this happens very often here. Usually, the system is triggered during changes or turns. But if your movements are more abrupt, you will physically feel the rearrangement of the rear wheels on quite harmless (at first glance) turns. Apparently, such reactions occur due to excessive softness of the suspension and rolls. Previously, this behavior in turns on cars with semi-independent suspension was common, but today this setting is rare. Nevertheless, in this Peugeot, everything is exactly like that. Engineers chose comfort in their choice between comfort and stability “in French”. Perhaps this is the right decision, because ESP copes well in such situations (the system is included in the basic equipment of the car).
When driving on a normal road, the car behaves appropriately. Of course, the rolls do not disappear, but they are not critical. Inertia in the behavior of the crossover is not so much. And the sharpness of the steering wheel is matched to the suspension settings. The steering wheel itself can be called quite heavy, but this only adds to the feeling of control over the car. In any case, driving at speeds up to 150 km/h in Peugeot 2008 is pleasant and easy. And even if the shape of this steering wheel has opponents, in terms of settings, as for me, it can be called excellent.
The Peugeot 2008 in the city
The main thing is to remember that a small vertical swing will accompany you all the time, so this factor should be taken into account when rebuilding. In other words, you can’t say that 2008 “sticks” to the road. This is “payback” for adult clearance and forgiving suspension.
Cars equipped with 130 HP BlueHDi diesels are the most expensive versions of 2008. With this power unit and eight-speed “automatic” Aisin crossover in the “input” configuration will cost 25 thousand dollars. Significantly cheaper are cars in a similar configuration, but with a 1.2 PureTech petrol engine, which produces the same 130 forces, but 230 Nm (although the same engine can be obtained in 155-horsepower boost). The basic version with this engine (and six-speed “mechanics”) will cost $ 18,900, and it is the most affordable option for Peugeot 2008.
I do not think that a manual transmission in this case can interest anyone (so the alternative is a six-speed Aisin, which is paired with 1.2 PureTech). And the best power plant, as for me, for 2008 is still a diesel engine.
Peugeot 2008 top view
But the main thing is that the price fork for the crossover is quite wide. And in each of the options, you get an appearance that corresponds to a higher-class car, while everything else remains at the level of fairly ordinary, ordinary crossovers. Including the cost of car maintenance does not suddenly become sky-high. It is possible that just the opposite. In addition, the service interval here has been increased to 15 thousand km. In any case, 2008 remains a competitor to the so-called popular crossovers (for example, Suzuki Vitara).
From a consumer point of view, the Peugeot 2008 can hardly be called the best purchase, because it is not perfect. But there are no perfect cars in this class. For example, Toyota C-HR has a CVT, Volkswagen T-Cross is equipped with DSG (and it looks, frankly, boring), and Suzuki Vitara does not have a diesel engine (and in addition, the interior is, to put it mildly, outdated). But each of these cars has its own buyer, and this is normal. After all, someone wants to drive exclusively on Toyota, someone can not live without clearly working electronics and multimedia systems from VAG, and someone needs the notorious Japanese quality, but cheaper.
Although none of these crossovers can give you such a delight as it does 2008. This feeling is very valuable, and for the appearance alone, this car can be forgiven a lot. But if earlier in 2008 there was something to forgive, now there are no outright disadvantages in it: this is an absolutely normal car. With a great interior and, again, an incredible design.