The Peugeot 2008 presented at the end of 2019 managed in a short time to become an unprecedented success story, as it has already been produced in 700,000 units, and has always been among the top three selling models in the B-SUV class in Europe. And since technology is now galloping, it would be unfair not to update this very important model. For starters, here we have the diesel version of the new 2008, which with Stellantis’ full electrification program will see it not only as electric, but also as a hybrid (something that has been missing from the Leo-branded brand’s range so far).
It is rather obvious that “you don’t change a winning team”, at least not radically. So, here the proportions, the shape and the volume of the big (albeit B-SUV) car remain the same, but with some observation one discovers the differences. New bumpers, new content in the front and rear lighting bodies and a new, very refined grille, which acquired the color of the body. And within all of this, the new Peugeot emblem. Also, Peugeot’s new lighting signature with the daytime running lights are now three claws on each side of the grille below the front lights and give the quintessential Peugeot aura. It’s just that now, to protect those LED arrays there’s a plastic clear cover that coincides with the edges of the front bumper, making… close contacts in a parking routine, for example, something that can… hurt the pocket. Some more new elements are the new “posters”, aerodynamic rims (with extremely quiet Continental EcoContact 6 Q 215/60-R17 tires and with top grip), the “shark fin” antenna on the roof, the rails that are there and, perhaps the most characteristic, the change and horizontalization of the LEDs of the rear lighting bodies that give more width. Let’s not forget, too, the new font for the make and model. Otherwise, the lines, proportions and dimensions have not changed.
EVALUATION (OUT OF 10)
PEUGEOT 2008 1.5 BlueHDI 130 EAT8
ROAD BEHAVIOR 8
DRIVER SATISFACTION 8
VALUE FOR MONEY 8
The new 2008 maintains the same external dimensions as its predecessor, i.e. 4.304 m long, 1.987 m wide with electrically folding mirrors and 1.55 m high, while the wheelbase is 2.605 m. And the capacity of the trunk did not lose a single liter reaching 434 L (under the shelf). And, yes!, it lives up to the product promise that the new 2008 looks stylish, dynamic and rugged.
Plenty of technology
Stepping over the platform’s high sill, you’re likewise in a familiar environment that has elements of a… heartthrob, if we consider the feedback we’ve been getting in the few years of the 2008’s life, during which we’ve been testing it in its various versions . The wide, narrow dashboard that doesn’t “suffocate” you is here once again, as are the soft plastics, the nice fabric surfaces, the “piano” type keys, under the screen for quick access to the basic functions (which are still to be horizontal) and the super-abundance of storage spaces (superior even in relation to the first teachers, Japanese).
The driving position is completely driver-centric, the small steering wheel is still flat top and bottom forcing the harmony of the kinesiology of the driver’s hands in on-site maneuvers and hiding the fixed paddles for changing the 8 gears of the Aisin automatic transmission. The handsome dial had recently left the base of the console giving way to a Button freeing up space. We also have the Drive Modes switch between Eco Normal and Sport, but for the additional Grip Control driving modes (sand, mud and snow) you’ll have to shell out a few more bucks as they’re optional equipment.
But, many are standard. The Allure version of our test is a… small palace. rear parking sensors, automatic air conditioning, all electrical conveniences, the now legendary PEUGEOT i-Cockpit with 10” digital instrument panel, whose color, prioritization and arrangement of information can be personalized, but also a 10” high-resolution central touchscreen multi-window resolution with widgets or shortcuts, front and rear parking assistance cameras (also in HD resolution), infotainment system with full smartphone connectivity and 4 USB ports are just some of the 2008 “dowry” features.
As for ADAS systems, likewise, there is everything… all under the form of Pack Safety with Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Braking Systems, Collision Warning (recognizes pedestrians or cyclists day and night, and operates at speeds from 7 to 140 km/h) , Active lane keeping assistance system, recognition of speed limit signs, but also traffic signs (STOP, Prohibition of entering the road or overtaking), Intelligent speed limit adjustment system in the Cruise Control, Blind spot control system and Driver inattention detection system. All of this adjustable through the central screen, but with relatively small fonts.
In the mechanical parts, for another test we are accompanied by the four-cylinder turbo diesel engine with a performance of 130 PS and 300 Nm of torque, which generously offers its charms from 1,750 rpm. Given the dimensions of the car and the weight, which reaches 1,350 kg, the performance in the Sport program is more than lively as long as you move intelligently within the limit of maximum engine performance, just before 4,000 rpm.
On the plus side, with careful soundproofing, the diesel engine’s rattle is barely audible, offering, along with the wisely tuned suspension, the qualities of a larger French limousine. And if you want to move quickly, again keeping in mind the characteristics of using a diesel engine, you can, despite some increased body slopes (after all, we have an SUV here). Where, however, the car wins points is in the feeling of solidity on bad asphalt and when traveling at legal speeds, where it quite simply… sews and even with very low consumption (we saw from 5.4 L/100 km to 6.7 L/ 100 km).
Even better in places, with plenty of technology, but without losing a trace of its stately character comes the new 2008, and you know what? It now comes at lower prices than before, with the same or better equipment, which makes the new French B-SUV more attractive than ever. It enters – and due to its price adjustment – in the Dream Team of the category and due to its price (from €27,100 for the Active version and €32,100 for the Allure version of our test) it is almost a one-way street, since being a diesel it does not have many rivals . Recommended if you want the diesel goodness and premium feel of the Leo.
MODEL PEUGEOT 2008 1.5 BlueHDI 130 EAT8 2023 TIMH €27.100 FEES €85
MOTOR 1,499, Turbo, 4 Cylinder, Inline FUEL OIL Oil
POWER kW(PS)/rpm 96(130)/3,750 TORQUE Nm/rpm 300/1.750
TRANSMISSION Automatic, 8-speed, front-wheel drive
PERFORMANCES 0-100 in 9.9 sec, final 196 km/h
CONSUMPTION/CO2 5,1 L/100km, 134 g/km
PEUGEOT 2008 1.5 BlueHDI 130 EAT8 2023
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