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Peugeot 2008

The ability to surprise the customers is probably one of the constituent parts of success in automobile industry. Peugeot has considered this aspect and introduced an extraordinary city crossover. Having made a review of Peugeot 2008, it becomes clear why the model enjoys huge popularity worldwide. The reason of the success is a balance between the brand’s key values – elegance and impudence – and the potential of a modern crossover.

Bodywork Highlights

Peugeot 2008 is an elongated version of the 208 hatchback. Still, the model does not resemble any SUV in traditional meaning due to its small size. Featuring 4160x1740x1557 mm dimensions, it boasts 2540 mm wheelbase and 160 mm clearance index. The chassis houses McPherson front suspension and semi-dependent rear suspension – a combination that provides for the vehicle’s reliability.

The bodywork is differentiated by an updated grille, fashioned head-/taillights with LED stripes, arched rooftop with rails, and chrome-plated details. Waves in the central part of the rooftop have been made not only for a better aesthetics but also to ensure more room inside for the rear passengers. Doorsills and bumpers are void of paintwork, suggesting high usability of the vehicle.

Interior Details

Boot is another attraction of this small-sized SUV. Its initial capacity makes up 360 liters (with unfolded backseats and full loading); however, when the backseats are folded, the capacity might be enlarged to 1194 liters. The boot comes equipped with six hooks for a reliable fixture of the luggage. On its sides there are two storage sections with immobilization nets and belts.

Besides, the trunk has an adjustable shelf that ensures free access to the things from the seats. The passage to the boot is quite convenient due to a 60-cm high loading line.

The backseats can be folded separately by 30%, 70% or 100%. The cabin offers enough head/leg/shoulder room for adult occupants and is full of smaller storage options: pockets in front doors, a glove box, cup holders and an accessory compartment at the gearbox, pockets in the back of the front seats, and a compartment on the dashboard. The latter is made of soft materials with chrome-plated matte details. Furthermore, the integration of a wide panoramic glass rooftop with LED backlight adds spaciousness to the saloon.

Powertrain Modifications

In our Peugeot 2008 review it’s impossible but to mention about the versatility of powertrain options. Indeed, the model is shipped with a range of gas and diesel engines, mated with 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmissions. The most interesting fact is that the car comes in front-wheel drive versions only, despite being a representative of SUV family.

Therefore, the list of gasoline powertrains (depending on the trim) includes:

- 1.2-liter Access MT engine, rated at 82 horsepower;

- 1.6-liter Active MT engine, rated at 115 horsepower;

- 1.6-liter Active MT engine, rated at 120 horsepower;

- 1.6-liter Allure MT engine, rated at 115 horsepower;

- 1.6-liter Allure MT engine, rated at 120 horsepower.

The range of diesel motors features:

- 1.4-liter engine that produces 68 horsepower;

- 1.6-liter engine that produces 92 horsepower;

- 1.6-liter engine that produces 115 horsepower.

Upon the whole, all the modifications boast low fuel consumption index: the minimal fuel consumption in a combined mode equals to 3.8 liters per 100 km.

Safety & Infotainment

Irrespective of the trim, all Peugeots 2008 have a high level of active safety, thanks to the integration of ESP system as standard. This system consolidates ABS, ASR and AFU facilities which provide for a maximum safety in treacherous driving conditions. In the case of an emergency the cabin is furnished with six airbags (2x frontal, 2x side, 2x shield).

In addition, the 1.6-liter versions are equipped with Grip Control technology. It adjusts the clutch on both drive wheels with the road surface to provide for a better riding stability. This becomes possible due to 5 different operational modes: Usual, Snow, Sand, ESP, All-Surface.

As far as infotainment facilities are concerned, the model teases an integrated USB port and a standard 3.5-mm audio port. Active and Allure trims offer a 7-inch touchscreen with a variety of applications: radio, multimedia, trip computer, navigation system, etc.

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