The New Peugeot 2008: Test Drive

The Peugeot 2008 has caused a small furor even during the quarantine period.

What new features does the new-generation SUV have and can it surpass the Peugeot 3008?

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In 2012, Peugeot demonstrated its intention to discover a new car segment, having shown a prototype of the new 2008 model. Having released the production model a year later, the French gathered a harvest of applications and sales – the demand for the new product was high both in France and abroad. And now, seven years later, Peugeot intends to repeat this success, releasing the successor of the 2008 model. The second-generation model debuted last summer and immediately attracted a lot of attention.

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You bet! Recently, the Groupe PSA’s car design is becoming more interesting and cooler. The new SUV certainly made the automotive community talk about it, if not made a splash. The design community does not stay on the sidelines too: the Peugeot 2008 was awarded the prestigious Red Dot Design Award in the category ‘Product Design’.

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The original, dynamic design of the new vehicle looks as technologically and advanced as possible. A distinctive feature of the model is the design of the front end: a vertical and even slightly concave radiator grille and not quite conventional headlights with long fang-like daytime running lights. Peugeot certainly draws an analogy with the king of beasts. Yes, there is something in common. Taillights with three separate stripes each have the same design.

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In general, the car is perceived as chunky and seems larger than it actually is, although the 2008 has actually grown in all respects in comparison with its predecessor. The length of the car is now 4,300 mm, and the wheelbase is 2,605 mm. The model is built on the new CMP. A high, even line of the hood, as well as a sill line ascending to the rear end, also play along with the enlargement. Here, the designers cheated and disguised the C-rack as a separate window, which looks quite stylish together with a black roof (the prerogative of top-end models). Look at the photos and you will understand everything for yourself! And if you look closely, you will also notice mirror like salients on front and rear fenders. Well, another interesting feature is a rear unpainted bumper, which is noticeably protruding contrary to the current trend to integrate this car element.

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It would seem that after the i-Cockpit, the Peugeot 3008 will not be able to come up with something cooler, but the French surpass themselves and release the i-Cockpit 3D. First, it is a “three-dimensional" dashboard, where information is displayed not in one plane, but in several, creating a 3D effect. I have never seen anything like this before! In addition, there is a special visor with through side holes.

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Second, it is a fresh interpretation of the company's interior with a 10-inch touchscreen deployed on the driver and a textured front fascia. Due to the deep recess, the displays here seem to stand apart. The already familiar but redesigned keyboard is located a bit lower. Physical buttons are located on the first row, touch buttons – on the second row. At first, it looks unusual and you need to look closely at which one to push. However, having packed everything in such a tight way, the designers freed up a lot of space for keeping different things. The first storage bin behind the flip cover is designed primarily for smartphones, since there is wireless charging installed in the car.

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Besides, a smartphone can be fixed on the open cover so that its screen is visible. Another storage bin with free access is suitable for everything. I was confused only by the abundance of black piano polish on the central tunnel. However, it harmonizes well with a fully leather interior (an option even for the top-end version of the GT-Line), which was on the test car. To somehow dilute the dark color scheme, the designers added bright green stitching and contour lighting on the torpedo and front door panels. In addition, the color scheme of the dashboard and central display can be changed – blue and red options are also available. Of course, the 3D dashboard has several views that can be selected depending on which information is more relevant at the moment. Or just for a change.

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The small steering wheel arrangement, which we have already got used to because we have seen such interiors for years, is comfortable. The driver’s seat can please with electric adjustments and even massage. There are enough adjustments, side supports, as well as headroom. Nevertheless, there is something to find fault with. The fault is with a high and wide rocker panel that you literally touch with your foot when you get in or out of the car. And this is a characteristic feature of both the front and back row of seats.

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It hides the power structure of the body, which will protect the driver and passenger in the event of an accident. All versions of the Peugeot 2008 are equipped with four airbags and side curtains for front and rear passengers, as well as with a collision warning, an emergency braking, and a lane-keeping system. The top=end version boasts an extended ‘Safety’ package, which includes adaptive cruise control (with a full stop function), as well as Lane Correction Assist, which will not just prevent the driver from leaving the lane, but will keep the car in the center of it.

The model is equipped with a 1.2-liter turbo PureTech engine with a power output of 130 hp or 150 hp or a 1.5-liter 130-hp turbo diesel unit. The latter was installed under the hood of the test car: 300 Nm, a 0-100 km/h time of 9.3 seconds and a fuel consumption of hardly more than 4 liters in the city.

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The combined technical characteristics of the diesel engine are very good. The engine is also good in motion with its traction from low speeds and a smooth set of speed. An 8-speed automatic transmission also plays its role here. It does not get confused in the gears, and the engine-box bundle is very well tuned. Like the «older» models, this car has a «cruise» character – it is beautiful when driving calmly, devoid of nervousness. The 2008 likes to overcome long distances. However, a new running gear surprises the most: it has become milder and more omnivorous compared to its predecessor. According to its settings, it is more comfortable than configured for dynamic driving, so I used it very rarely in the Sport modes (there are several of them, including off-road Grip Control systems). Perhaps this is what helped me fit in 5.5-6 liters of fuel consumption in the city.

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The Peugeot 2008 conquers first of all with its design. After all, you need to resist competitors, the number which has increased since the first-generation model. People usually judge a book by its cover. The car looks expensive, as if a class higher. It has spacious interior, good materials, and an excellent suspension. Several options include a version with a manual transmission, which is the most affordable in the range. At the same time, we expected the diesel version to be more fuel efficient.

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