PEUGEOT 2008 1,6 HDI ALLURE
Updated with a bold new stance, it’s the introduction of two new engine options that have us most intrigued
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.