Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – XX May 2017
In the past couple of months, we have seen a lot of news by French automaker Peugeot. In part due to the recent departure of the Citroën brand from South Africa and in part due to the French automakers recent acquisition of the brand Opel. With the company focussing heavily on the Peugeot brand and reviving some of the magic which the iconic motoring symbol offers, I spent some time behind the wheel of the new flagship 2008 GT-Line.
Big News On The Drive Side
Now available with the multi-award winning Puretech 1.2-litre turbopetrol engine which delivers an impressive 81 kW and 205 Nm torque mated to a six-speed automated gearbox, the latest generation 2008 drives incredibly well. It is the exact same engine which we have seen feature in the likes of the Peugeot vehicles such as the 308 and that of the Citroën Cactus.
The engine is a real award winner owing to its impressive power output and very frugal economy figures (claimed at a combined: 5.2-litres/100km). Throughout my weekly commuting, I was able to achieve an average of 7.2-litres/100km throughout mixed urban commute conditions.
The Comfort & Clever Technology
Peugeot’s have always been designed around comfort. The 2008 offers a spacious and light-filled cabin. With its large windscreen and sport-inspired dashboard, the 2008 offers a high-quality built minimalistic cabin.
Standard features within the 2008 are comprehensive and include the likes of dual-zone climate controlled air-conditioning as well as the Smeg+ multimedia interface which is a large 7inch touch screen based display at the centre of the dash. The system is easy to operate and includes voice-guided navigation as standard. Multimedia is also delivered through sources such as USB, Bluetooth streaming and the 2008 even allows the for mirror-linking of your mobile device and Apple’s CarPlay.
While many automakers simply overlook something as simple as a roof-lining, the Peugeot 2008 GT-Line offers really funky sculpted lines running along the interior roof lining and really showcases a clever use of design. This is a really clever use of an otherwise unthought of space and I really love what Peugeot has done here.
Ride, Performance and Style
Beauty is definitely not only skin deep! This latest generation 2008 offers striking new design elements and sharper lines. This, the GT-Line is immediately distinguishable by its use of black and red design elements and striking grill design. The theme of black and red is also continued onto the interior which further hints at sport.
When on the road, the Peugeot 2008 offers a planted solid drive. The 2008 is a very strong competitor within the compact SUV space and the vehicle is a lot of fun to drive. The entire experience is further enhanced by the pleasant engine tone when opening the taps.
With impressive ride-height and the multi-terrain select dial in the centre of the cabin, the 2008 provides a very solid platform and proves to be a very practical vehicle not matter the terrain to which it is exposed.
How’s It Stack Up?
Originally introduced a couple of years back, the Peugeot 2008 had started to fall behind with the wealth of modern compact family SUV’s making their way to market. The likes of the Mazda CX-3, Nissan Juke and recent Toyota C-HR have provided tough competition, however, this latest refreshed 2008 has really come back fighting and offers impressive looks, charming french styling and perhaps above all, a real solid quality build.
The frankly excellent blend of its Puretech 1.2-litre turbopetrol engine and six-speed automated gearbox, make this latest generation 2008 a true all-rounder!
SA Pricing, Service & Warranty
Priced at R349 900, the Peugeot 2008 comes backed with a 3-years/100 000 km warranty and 3-years/45 000 km service plan.