Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 06 July 2021
Peugeot South Africa has been on a major shake-things-up mission over the last 24-months, the result is a new management team, new dealerships and perhaps most important the introduction of several new and exciting models. With the latest offerings within their exciting vehicle range, one thing is certainly for sure, “The Lion roars louder than ever!”
A Halo Car
It’s a fair point I believe to think that Peugeot has positioned the 2008 as somewhat of a “halo” for the brand. Embracing sharp athletic lines, and the brands increasingly evident logo image, this latest-generation 2008 is striking from any angle. Oncoming, it literally looks like a lion springing into action, giving the vehicle a very bold and notable presence, one which garners many on-lookers.
Unique and energetic angles, LED lights and lines also adorn the overall exterior styling of the 2008, with suave and sophisticated lighting to bring the entire exterior image to life.
More French catwalk salon, than typical vehicle interior cabin, the 2008 has what is certainly one of the more unique and interesting interiors within not only its segment but within any modern-day crossover.
Taking centre stage is the latest version of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit instrument layout, which now features a holographic 3D digital instrument cluster, thanks to clever projection technology. To the side of the instrument cluster is a piano key type cluster of metallic switches, all of which mimic a classic air force fighter jet and add to the uber-cool way in which you can control the central multimedia display either by touch input or quick launch buttons. All major media sources are supported and once you get used to the system, it’s clear and precise in its operation.
Tour de force
The 1.2-litre motor is a Groupe PSA multi-award-winning unit and delivers 96kW and 230 Nm of torque all through a 6-speed automated transmission. The front-wheel driven vehicle can achieve 0 – 100 km/h in about 9.1 seconds and a claimed combined fuel consumption of 6.5-litres / 100km.
There is a ton of standard features which come within the 2008 including ABS brakes, stability control, six airbags, climate control, LED daytime running lights, electric mirrors, electric windows, personalisable ambient lighting, infotainment with 10-inch colour touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, voice control, smartphone charging plate, aluminium pedals, interior carbon effect finish, tri-material leather effect and cloth seat trim with lime green stitch detail, front heated seats, Advanced Grip Control, cruise control, lane-keeping assist, speed limit recognition, blind-spot monitoring, a trip computer, keyless entry with push-button start and finally a reversing camera.
The 2021 Peugeot 2008 is certainly a glimpse into where the brand is positioned and its prospects. The French have never been shy of going a bit bold in their approach to motoring, and it this car shouts their passion.
Packed with futuristic styling and modern features, the 2008 is certainly a kitty roaring very loudly.
The Peugeot 2008 GT Line costs R489,900 and comes with a 5yr / 100,000 km warranty and a 3yr / 60,000 km service plan.