Peugeot breaks mould

with new 2008

Peugeot 2008, 2019, front
Peugeot 2008, 2019, side
Peugeot 2008, 2019, rear
Peugeot 2008, 2019, interior
Peugeot 2008, 2019, instrument panel
Peugeot 2008, 2019, switches
Peugeot 2008, 2019, rear seats
Peugeot 2008, 2019, boot
Peugeot e2008, 2019, front
Peugeot e2008, 2019, interior
Peugeot e2008, 2019, display screen
Peugeot e2008, 2019, grille
Peugeot e2008, 2019, badge

PEUGEOT has a new small SUV and in an automotive first for cars of this ilk it is being launched with conventional engines and as an electric vehicle.

The new 2008 will be on the road in February in petrol and diesel format and will be available with a zero emission powertrain in April.

Prices for high grade GT Line models start from £26,100 with the electric version coming in from £32,000 after the Government grant for zero emission vehicles.

Eventually cheaper Active and Allure specifications will be joining the line up along with range topping GT versions.

For Peugeot the new 2008 is the second to be launched by the French brand as a car for all needs and follows on from the latest 208 supermini which too is available with all forms of power.

On the petrol front the new 2008 will be offered with three types of PureTech engine, each of 1.2-litre capacity and developing either 100, 130 or 155ps.

Only one diesel is included in the range and that is a 1.5-litre BlueHDi with 100ps on tap.

The electric offering is the fastest off the mark and although its 0 to 60 acceleration time has still to be officially homologated, it will be quicker than the 8.2 seconds achieved by the most powerful turbo petrol.

However, top speeds are a different matter and while the 155ps PureTech model can hit 130mph and the diesel 112mph the electric version has a top end only just higher than 90mph.

Nevertheless, its super green performance will be enough for most and the car has an official range of more than 190 miles with a full recharge taking anywhere between 7.5 hours form a conventional charger or 30 minutes from a rapid charger to 80 per cent capacity.

Whatever the power choice the new 2008 is a huge step forward from the model which first arrived some six years ago as Peugeot expanded its SUV line up into the compact crossover sector.

A stand out feature of the new model is Peugeot's latest digitised instrument panel which has a 3D effect display that can be configured in a variety of ways.

There's also a double bank of buttons - one touch and the other conventional - below the central display screen which is another classy touch.

They give the cabin a genuine premium feel and puts the 2008 ahead of the game in this class of SUV.

An electric parking brake is another feature, although there is no auto hold function as is becoming increasingly common.

The GT Line 2008 we just tried also had sat nav as standard as well as a full set of safety aids including traffic sign recognition, automatic parking and a semi-autonomous drive mode that is akin to a super cruise control.

Connectivity includes USB ports front and rear while boot space is 405 litres regardless of powertrain.

The rear seats, which incorporate two Isofix child seat points, also fold for more room if required and on the petrol and diesel models there is 29 litres of extra luggage space under the boot floor.

On the road the new model has more presence than before with sportier looks set off by a large jewel-effect grille flanked by near vertical indicator strip lights and a neat front spoiler.

The diesel version has a 0 to 60 time of 11.4 seconds while the high powered petrol engine with its eight-speed auto box shaves that down to 8.2 seconds.

Fuel economy is rated officially at 46mpg for the 155ps PureTech while the 100ps BlueHDi diesel is much more frugal at 61mpg. Emissions are rated at 140 and 118g/km respectively.

On our runs we managed to see an average of 40 to the gallon for the petrol 2008 and 55mpg from the diesel - so no complaints.

Handling for an SUV is out of the top drawer with virtually no corner roll while both automatic and manual transmissions were incredibly well insulated when it came to noise inside the cockpit.

The all-electric e2008 is a range highlight. Although the cars that we drove weren't quite up to final production specification, they were differentiated by a colour-coded grille and an interior which included EV-spcific instrumentation and trim.

Performance is nicely brisk and although the EV did feel a little slow off the mark, its 300Nm of torque quickly came into play.

Peugeot has high hopes for the new 2008 and it is a model which sees the brand take a new direction in powertrain choice with the electric version taking up to 10 per cent of sales in the UK.

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