PEUGEOT 2008 AUSTRALIA
Peugeot's compact 2008 SUV is now on sale in Australia, following its international unveiling at March's Geneva Motor Show.
Slotting in beneath the larger 3008, 4007 and 4008 offerings, the latest '00' model continues the evolution of Peugeot's bold new look with a chrome-rich grille, slender headlights and large hooked tail-lights.
The range kicks off at a very sharp $21,990, matching Nissan's incoming Juke on price and making the 2008 one of Australia's most affordable SUVs.
The small Peugeot's starting price makes it $1500 easier on the wallet than Holden's Trax, leaving only the Chinese offerings in the 'cheaper' column.
Opening the Peugeot 2008 range is the familiar Active model, powered by a 60kW and 118Nm 1.2 litre three-cylinder petrol engine.
The 1.2 litre engine is available exclusively with a manual transmission, and Peugeot quotes fuel consumption figures of 4.9 l/100km.
Those low figures are courtesy - of course - of that tiny powertrain, although the 2008's light 1053kg kerb weight helps. But, with a 13.5 second run to 100km/h, it won't be breaking any landspeed records.
A four-speed automatic transmission is also available with the Active model, but this ups engine capacity to 1.6 litres, boosting power to 88kW and 160Nm. This model is also heavier, coming in at 1113kg.
Peugeot lists fuel use for the auto 1.6 litre model at 6.5 l/100km, with a 0-100km/h time of 11.2 seconds.
Moving up to the Allure model gives you the option of a manual-equipped 1.6 litre petrol engine, offering the same power figures but with fuel use at 5.9 l/100km and the 0-100km/h sprint at 9.5 seconds.
A 1.6 litre e-HDi diesel engine is also available in Outdoor trim, offering 68kW and 230Nm of torque. Available with a five-speed manual only, the diesel lists fuel use at 4.0 l/100km, with a 0-100km/h time of 11.5 seconds.
Peugeot's local distributor, Sime Darby, has elected to skip the automatic diesel available in overseas markets, although it acknowledges that this will likely impact on sales of the local diesel 2008.
All models in the 2008 range are front-wheel-drive only, although the Outdoor model features a new ESC-based torque vectoring program that allows it to deal with less favourable conditions like snow, sand and mud.
Like its 208 hatch platform mate, suspension in the 2008 is by a 'pseudo' MacPherson strut setup at the front, with a torsion beam arrangement at the rear.
Standard across the 2008 range are front, side and curtain airbags, electronic stability control, ABS braking, hill-start assist and a rear-view camera with rear parking sensors.
All models also get a seven-inch touchscreen display, height- and reach-adjustable multi-function steering wheel, powered windows and mirrors, Bluetooth and USB audio, and alloy wheels in varying sizes.
The mid-spec 2008 Allure adds satellite navigation, auto wipers and headlights, panoramic sunroof, dark-tinted rear side windows and dual-zone climate control.
In the top-spec Outdoor, there's an upgrade to 17-inch alloy wheels (up from 16-inch), along with a 'Grip Control' dial to select driving modes suited to various surfaces.
Heated leather seats are available as an option for the Allure and Outdoor for $2000 more, and the Active can be upgraded to include satellite navigation for $1500.
Overall length grows 200mm over the 208 to 4160mm, with an increased ride height and more upright overall profile cementing its “urban crossover” status.
Storage capacity is listed at 410 litres, growing to 1400 litres with the split-folding rear seats laid down.
The 2008, like all Peugeot models, is offered with a five-year/75,000km service plan, capping the annual service price at $369.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- 2008 1.2 VTi Active Petrol manual - $21,990
- 2008 1.6 VTi Active Petrol automatic - $24,990
- 2008 1.6 VTi Allure Petrol manual - $27,990
- 2008 1.6 VTi Allure Petrol automatic - $29,990
- 2008 1.6 e-HDi Diesel Outdoor manual - $31,990
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