A PSA acquisition

that's nothing to

laugh at

Peugeot 2008, 66 registration plate, front, action
Peugeot 2008, 66 registration plate, front
Peugeot 2008, 66 registration plate, side, action
Peugeot 2008, 66 registration plate, rear, action
Peugeot 2008, 66 registration plate, rear
Peugeot 2008, front action
Peugeot 2008, side action
Peugeot 2008, side static
Peugeot 2008, rear static
Peugeot 2008, dashboard

SO after a bit of baguette rattling in the general direction of US giant General Motors, PSA has bought Vauxhall/Opel.

Well you can hardly blame them.The Donald probably thinks Vauxhall is simply a bridge in London and an Opel something you give our lass Ivanka.

Now, not that long ago this would have been something of a joke. Fake news, even, if it had existed beyond the Sunday Sport.

PSA, Peugeot and Citroen as was, hardly had the timbers of the big ships shivering.

Citroen, for instance, after a period of Galois inspired gaucheness had arrived at a point where to fix one required a whole new workshop of special tools and the green blood of some alien species for suspension and braking. Designers toyed with making parts of the BX out of Plastic Padding.

Stop sniggering Peugeot because you may as well have gone back to producing bicycles.

No, if you wanted to break down with any real chance of a roadside repair it had to be a Vauxhall or a Ford.

How times have changed.

Leaving aside the European Car of the Year 3008, which takes SUVs to a new technical toy box level, Peugeot has established a reputation for quality and innovation.

And while the 5008 is much anticipated it is worth looking over the car which started the new Peugeot SUV regeneration, the 2008.

The 2008 is a neat and tidy small SUV obviously based on the 208. It is probably about as preferable a package for the young family, given price, economy and appointments, as you can expect.

This was the Blue HDi 120 Allure which will set you back £19,820 and is powered by a 1.6 diesel engine which happily manages 62mph in an acceptable family-friendly 9.6 seconds. With this comes the possibility of a combined consumption of 76mpg and certainly something around 60mpg should be within easy reach.

Even at entry level the 2008 is well kitted, connectivity, Bluetooth running lights, cruise control and a useful safety package. One up at Active and incomes the touch screen while at Allure level there is fancy-Dan back lighting, rear parking warning, and automated wipers and lights. You have to go to GT Line a navigator and reversing camera.

Out on the road the 2008 is not a hard car to get along with. The cabin is sensibly understated with some of the Peugeot signature toggle switching and everything falls to hand and is simple to use.

This is not the quietest of cars but comfortable enough, loads of rear accommodation and boot space. General finish far outstrips the last version although there are still some hard plastics if that sort of detail spoils your breakfast.

Myself I would be looking more towards the good sense this car makes for the growing family without sacrificing style and enjoyment.

Peugeot does not do 4x4 in its crossovers, rather preferring to keep to the Grip Control system which applies power or otherwise to the front wheels and can be selected to read various terrains. I had the car for three weeks over Christmas and, of course, the usual dangers associated with British winter weather were all there. Or trench foot as we shall know it.

So seeking out a bit of sloppy track I gave the system a once over and it is, matched to winter tyres which are standard on Grip Control models, likely to be more than just capable in the snow.

So, what does the Vauxhall sale mean?

Hard tosay before 2020 when the Astra is up for revision but PSAtop brassclaims everything depends on plant performance and Ellesmere Port has already won out over the German sites thanks to embracing flexible working.

Meanwhile against the 2008 is a new version of the established, if tired Mokka crossover. And then there's something called the Crossland X which believe it or not shares its underpinnings with the 2008 - quick off the mark these collarborative ventures.

Realistically, the love affair between Vauxhall/Opel and PSA had been going on for years.

If you are a Vauxhall devotee, fear not. PSA long ago gave up designing cars after a long lunch and while punters get innovation they don't get it wrapped in a package marked looney left bank.

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