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VALUE Ba­si­cally a 208 with an ex­tra 198mm of length to boost lug­gage space by 30 per cent. It re­places the pre­vi­ous 207 wagon. The en­try-level Ac­tive gets good equip­ment lev­els for the price but the op­tional 1.6-litre en­gine is bet­ter. A re­verse cam­era and rear park sen­sors are ex­pected in­clu­sions — but Juke gets nei­ther — and au­dio and touch­screen mon­i­tor are handy. Capped-price ser­vice for three years is $1107 (it’s a five-year pro­gram) and war­ranty is three years/100,000km with road­side as­sis­tance and an­nual ser­vice in­ter­vals. Re­sale is 49 per cent. DE­SIGN Cute French wag­onette is neatly styled with ef­fi­ciency in mind. Good room for four adults, a flex­i­ble cabin and flat-fold split rear seat for 410/1194 litres (up from the 208 hatch’s 311/743 litres). Tie-down hooks, un­der-cargo floor space and very low load­ing sill are great. Dash is partly soft-touch plas­tic and trim ap­pears high qual­ity. Big, user-friendly touch­screen, but not enough cuphold­ers. TECH­NOL­OGY Rigid plat­form supports 60kW/118Nm three-cylin­der 1.2-litre petrol with five-speed man­ual. It’s front-drive only. Peu­geot claims 4.9L/100km. Un­like 208 Ac­tive, 2008 gets four­wheel disc brakes. Steer­ing is elec­tric-as­sist and sus­pen­sion is sim­ple coil struts at the front and a tor­sion beam at the rear. Tow­ing is a pif­fling 780kg. SAFETY A five-star rat­ing, six airbags and all the elec­tronic nan­nies typ­ify the genre. The 2008 adds LED day­time run­ning lights and LED tail lights, a re­verse cam­era and rear park sen­sors, emer­gency brake dis­play and heated/fold­ing mir­rors. The spare is a space-saver (though a full-size will fit). DRIV­ING The stats point to a three-pot screamer but the 1.2-litre is quite docile. Weak torque needs jug­gling the clutch off the mark and more revs than feel com­fort­able. Ac­cel­er­a­tion is want­ing, even with one aboard, but ride is com­pli­ant and han­dling is neat — more like a qual­ity hatch. The 1.6 with auto (a four-speed!) is a bet­ter, though ex­pen­sive, al­ter­na­tive.

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