We spent a week with the budget-busting Peugeot 2008 - one of the French brand's most important models for 2014.
The Peugeot 2008 is a great-looking little crossover which combines efficiency, practicality with a generous helping of affordability. Crossovers are all the rage, and Peugeot's aim is to capitalise on the market by ticking all the boxes. The Peugeot 2008 is based on the 208 - a vehicle we quite like here at Cars.co.za.
It's of a smart, modern design and the Peugeot 2008 will struggle to appear dated. I really liked the design and you can see it has been built from the inside out with practicality and interior comfort playing key roles. Crossovers all appear like smaller cars on stilts, and the Peugeot 2008 is no exception.
Engine and economyThe Peugeot 2008 makes use of a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine with 88 kW and 160 Nm. That power drives the front wheels only through a five-speed manual gearbox. While there is plenty power for cruising, you're going to land up with strong leg and arm muscles, as you'll be working that gearbox to get the most out of the vehicle.
I have a suspicion that this motor is mechanically identical to the Citroen DS4 I drove not so long ago. I enjoyed that engine as it offered just enough power to make for entertaining drives, but its real forté was economy. The Peugeot 2008 is also a thrifty vehicle, with the comprehensive trip computer returning figures of 7.1l/100km during its week-long visit.
FeaturesEconomy is not the only feather in the cap of the Peugeot 2008. It's also quite highly specced for a vehicle costing under R300 000. I was quite surprised to see a full LCD touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, aux jack and two USB ports.
There's also cruise control with speed limiter, dual-zone climate control, auto wipers, auto headlamps with daytime-running lights as well as park distance control.
Interior qualityThe cabin is spacious and there are some funky touches like the blue neon lights surrounding the speedometer and rev counter, the strip lighting in the roof and the ability to customise the vehicle with neon green and pink stickers. Fortunately, my test unit was plain Jane and didn't have the neon green, which may be a bit garish for some. I was quite impressed with the amount of cabin space in the Peugeot 2008 and it's worth noting that high quality materials have been used extensively.
I was most impressed with the ride quality too. Even with 17-inch alloy wheels, the ride was great on uneven and rough surfaces. It's a very comfortable car and a longer journey in a vehicle with these ride and handling qualities wouldn't result in cramp and sore buttocks.
Grip ControlThe downside has to be the Grip Control system. A dial near the gearstick allows you to select modes like Normal, Sand, Snow and All-Terrain. Being a bit of an offroad and 4x4 enthusiast, I headed straight for the nearest dirt section and promptly got stuck. Only with some careful digging and switching the traction control completely off was I able to recover the Peugeot 2008.
Upon further research, it seems Grip Control is just variations of traction control and not an all-wheel drive system. It's adequate for very basic offroad driving, but don't expect much more than that. Speaking of traction control and other safety features, it's worth noting the Peugeot 2008 comes standard with a five-star Euro NCAP rating as well as six airbags.
Peugeot 2008 Summary and conclusionIn summary I liked the Peugeot 2008 and feel as its one of those better bargain offerings. At R269 900, there's exceptional levels of specification and in reality, I don't think you'll need more toys and features than that. It's spacious and feels well put together. It's also pleasant to drive, comfortable and boasts great fuel economy.
Peugeot 2008 Quick Specs
|Engine||1.6-litre four cylinder petrol|
|0-100km/h||9.5 seconds (claimed)|
|Fuel economy||5.9 l/100km (claimed)|
We like: . Generous specification . Very comfortable to drive . Spacious and practical . Affordable
We dislike: . Grip Control is not an offroad system, but you may find it useful on gravel.