Up­dated with a bold new stance, it’s the in­tro­duc­tion of two new en­gine op­tions that have us most in­trigued

Car (South Africa) - - TEST -

R299 900

T12,97 sec 68 kw/230 N.m 181 km/h ASKED with rep­re­sent­ing Peu­geot in the Liquorice All­sorts con­test that is the light-cross­over seg­ment, the bumpedup 2008 was rst in­tro­duced in 2014. Of­fer­ing both a longer wheel­base and raised ride height over the 208 hatch on which it’s based, the added zero in its nam­ing sug­gests a more us­able, ad­ven­ture-seeker role. It’s a role re­in­forced by the op­tional pseudo-all-ter­rain Grip Con­trol set­ting for added off-the-beat­en­track prow­ess.

Three years on and, along with a fresh fam­ily grille and head­lamp de­sign, the up­dated 2008 gains ad­di­tional whee­larch cladding and scuff plates to lend the ve­hi­cle an even more rugged stance com­pared with the plucky, city-slicker hatch­back with which it shares 4,80 L/100 km 103 g/km a plat­form. Car­ried over from the orig­i­nal model is a stepped roo ine (in­clud­ing the some­what gar­ish chrome panel lling the space above the rear doors) and stan­dard roof rails.

Also up­dated for 2017, al­though more from a tex­ture and tech­nol­ogy point of view, is Peu­geot’s opin­ion-di­vid­ing i-cock­pit lay­out in­te­rior with its small steer­ing wheel placed be­low a line-of-sight view of the fa­cia’s up­per tier con­tain­ing all vi­tal in­stru­men­ta­tion. As with other Peu­geot mod­els cur­rently sport­ing a sim­i­lar lay­out, the CAR team was split evenly ac­cord­ing to those able to ad­just their driv­ing po­si­tion around this quirky blueprint, and those who were left frus­trated by it.

Pre­vi­ously lauded for its im­pres­sive lev­els of per­ceived build qual­ity, once again care­ful at­ten­tion has been paid to both tac­tile qual­ity and place­ment of ma­te­ri­als in the 2017 model, speci cally with a view to adding fur­ther dis­tinc­tion be­tween this Psa-built en­try and its seg­ment ri­vals. Ac­cord­ingly, the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem has been up­dated to in­cor­po­rate the lat­est link tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing Ap­ple Carplay.

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