PEUGEOT 2008 ACTIVE
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.