With a red hot paint fin­ish and gloss de­tail new 2008 SUV is a real head-turner

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors -

Peu­geot is giv­ing its 2008 com­pact SUV a ma­jor re­vamp with the in­tro­duc­tion of a new en­gine and a bold new look.

The changes have trans­formed the model and in the case of the new top spec­i­fi­ca­tion GT Line ver­sions the ef­fect is out­stand­ing.

Re­plac­ing the Fe­line grade on the cur­rent 2008, the GT Line cars come with gloss black roof rails and door mir­ror cap­pings and black de­tail­ing around the win­dows on top of a restyled nose and more pro­nounced wheel arches.

It’s also avail­able in the stun­ning red paint fin­ish Peu­geot uses on its very hot 308 GTi hatch­back.

From the front the 2008 now has a real ma­cho pres­ence – akin to that the 2008 Dakar Rally win­ning car – with the grille set off by 30 shiny facets and red let­ter­ing for the Peu­geot name.

The red theme is con­tin­ued in­side in a trim line around the cock­pit which il­lu­mi­nates at night and a cen­tre stripe on the seat­belts while the main in­stru­ments sit be­hind Peu­geot’s smaller than nor­mal 13-inch steer­ing wheel, com­plete with a flat­tened bot­tom.

It’s classy, func­tional and very state of the art with a touch­screen dis­play pro­vid­ing sat nav as well as Mir­rorLink and Ap­ple CarPlay smart­phone con­nec­tiv­ity.

Un­der the bon­net the new 2008 re­ally hits the mark with the ar­rival of the 130ps de­riv­a­tive of Peu­geot’s award-win­ning 1.2-litre PureTech three cylin­der petrol en­gine.

In the new 2008 range this en­gine is avail­able on from top-but-one Al­lure spec­i­fi­ca­tion and fit­ted with stop/start it is not only feisty but also eco­nom­i­cal.

The of­fi­cial fuel re­turn is 58.9mpg with emis­sions of 110g/km. We av­er­aged 37 to the gal­lon and that’s noth­ing to be sneezed at in what is the quick­est of the new 2008 range.

Top speed is a claimed 124mph with a 0 to 60 time of 9.3 sec­onds which makes it a spritely per­former on the SUV scene.

Road hold­ing is more than ac­cept­able and the power de­liv­ery is smooth and plen­ti­ful through the six-speed man­ual box – there’s no auto op­tion with this en­gine but such trans­mis­sions are avail­able on lower pow­ered ver­sions of the PureTech en­gine and on the diesels.

The new 2008 line up is priced from £13,615 to £20,565 which is an in­crease of a few hun­dred pounds over the pre­vi­ous model.

The 130ps GT Line 2008 costs from £19,315 and for a sub£20,000 SUV it is highly com­pet­i­tive.

Not only does the new 2008 look posh it is also very pur­pose­ful cour­tesy of Peu­geot’s elec­tronic Grip Con­trol sys­tem.

In­stead of a full blown 4x4 set up, which adds weight and im­pacts on fuel con­sump­tion, Grip Con­trol en­ables the 2008 to be sur­pris­ingly ca­pa­ble over poor sur­faces. It can be set to tackle sand, snow and mud and each set­ting gives the car op­ti­mum front wheel trac­tion.

We tried it through soft sand more than a foot deep and the 2008 pulled through with­out dif­fi­culty.

As such it is an off-roader that weighs less than 1.7 tonnes yet still has a tow­ing ca­pac­ity of 1.27 tonnes – well suited for those who want a car with a lit­tle ex­tra.

It’s a snazzy all-rounder and very fam­ily-ori­ented with boot space rang­ing from 410 to 1,400 litres. Load­ing is helped by a low boot sill which stands just two feet off the ground.

First de­liv­er­ies are slated for July and the new model looks set to build on the suc­cess of the orig­i­nal 2008 which has notched up more than 40,000 sales in the UK since its launch in 2013.

With its strik­ing looks, clever drive sys­tem, lash­ings of re­fine­ment and high on value for money, Peu­geot has cre­ated a com­pelling piece of kit with the GT Line PureTech 130ps 2008 – enough to make some of the cross­over kings from the likes of Nis­san, Re­nault and VW cross in­deed.

Eye-catch­ing The classy new 2008 SUV range re­ally looks the part

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