2008 Feline 1.6 e-HDi 115
word to describe Peugeots
looking new 2008 crossover. Its
also fine to drive, very good on fuel,
versatile, and beautifully fitted
Demand, not surprisingly, is
threatening to outstrip supply...
SIT IN A 2008 and it's easy to see why. For a start it's hard to believe
that prices start at just £12,995. It's no exaggeration to say that the cabin
looks and feels very Audi-like: black leather upholstery, a well-judged mix
of trim, fine fit and finish, and a tangible aura of quality.
You sit commandingly, SUV-style, in well-bolstered seats that are as supportive
as their sporty appearance promises. This may be a compact crossover but the
front seats are of a good size, their comfort boosted by decent under-thigh
support, height adjustment, fast-acting heating elements and height-adjustable
side glass and the 'see-all' driving position guarantees A1 visibility for the
driver, both to the front and the side and even through the rear
screen. That said, most drivers will still be glad of the rear parking sensors
and the graphic display on the infotainment screen when reversing.
the record, the door mirrors might be slim and sleek but they still provide
good views to the rear. Of course, you can always specify the Park Assist system
and get your parking done first time, every time
for you (it not only parks you but also drives you out of the space when you
Specify the Park Assist
system and get your
parking done for you
first time, every time.
And it not only parks you,
but also drives you
out of the space when
Topping it all is a panoramic glass roof that floods the cabin with natural
light a real lift to your spirits on gloomy midwinter days. A
2.54m wheelbase within the 2008's wieldy overall length of 4.16m
ensures plenty of room for those occupying the back seats; seated
higher than those in front of them, second row passengers enjoy decent foot-,
knee- and legroom and there's enough width for three adults to travel side-by-side
without any seat-rage.
Back in front, the instrument pack follows Peugeot's new 'head up' design discipline:
the pair of main teardrop-shaped dials are bordered by thin blue-glow bezels
and are viewed over the top of the multifunction (audio and phone) leather-wrapped
wheel. This new set-up works beautifully and further enhances the quickly-set
Other great-to-use features include the large 7-inch infotainment touchscreen
(with tablet-like flick-scrolling and menu navigation) set in the centre of
the dash. The SatNav works faultlessly, is nicely intuitive and foolproof in
its navigational commands. The upper fascia features a seductively silky 'must-touch'
strip of what looks like woven carbon-fibre, which feels fab to exploring fingers.
The white-on-black paired speedo+fuel and rev-counter+engine temperature gauges
couldn't be clearer, while whatever temperature air you dial up from the two-zone
AirCon unit is delivered satisfyingly quickly and exactly where you want it.
And you'll find plenty of storage cubbies (totalling 24 litres) along with those
other must-haves for a nation of takeaway caffeine addicts: cupholders.
Most importantly of all and pretty much essential these days
the driver's information display shows, amongst other driver-selected information,
your road speed in large white digits.
Feline kit-list has the lot, and includes the glass roof with electric blind
and ambient lighting, SatNav, black leather upholstery, rear parking aid, tinted
glass with dark-tinted rear windows, auto dual-zone AirCon, Grip Control, drive-off
auto locking, auto lights and wipes, auto-dim rear-view mirror, one-touch front
and rear power windows, powerfold heated door mirrors (on demand and on locking
and leaving), cruise control with speed limiter, 'mood' lighting (including
LED edge lighting around the instrument pods), infotainment colour touchscreen,
Bluetooth, DAB digital radio and CD player, two USB ports, and an oh-so-easy
Youll find plenty of
(totalling 24 litres) along
with those other
must-haves for a nation
of takeaway caffeine
also get a 2/3:1/3 rear bench seat with one-touch folding, an electronic stability
programme, Hill Assist, plenty of airbags, aluminium pedal set, LED daytime
running lights, directional front fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a space
saver spare wheel, stainless steel front and rear scuff plates, and roof bars.
The tailgate is wide and lifts fairly effortlessly to reveal a large boot (360
litres) with side bins and an extra 22 litres for stowing oddments under the
boot mat all accessed through a rectangular opening and over a
low-loading, back-friendly sill.
If you need to ferry some cargo around, simply press the appropriate control
at the top of the rear seatback; the rear seats fold themselves and in the process
open up a versatile and flat-floored loadbay than can swallow 1,194 litres.
Very welcome too is the spare wheel albeit a space-saver but still
far, far more desirable than one of the almost universally disliked puncture
'repair kits' supplied by many carmakers. And for that small step for common-sense
and motorkind… Thank you, Peugeot!
Being a Peugeot there are, of course, engine and trim options to suit everybody:
the well-specced equipment grades are Access+, Active, Allure, and two Feline
models Calima Ambience and Mistral Ambience. Engine choices are
between a pair of petrol powerplants (1.2 82bhp and 1.6 120bhp) and three turbodiesels:
a 70bhp 1.4, and a choice of two 1.6-litre units (92bhp and 115bhp).
headline feature of the 2008 is Peugeot's clever Grip Control (standard on range-topping
Allure and Feline models). Grip Control does precisely what its name implies
selected by the driver via a dial on the centre console, it offers,
in addition to Normal and ESP Off modes, settings for tackling Snow, Off-Road,
If you need to ferry some
cargo around, simply
press the appropriate
control at the top of the
rear seatback and
the rear seats fold
themselves and in the
process open up a
versatile and flat-floored
loadbay than can
swallow 1,194 litres...
still, it works by making excellent use of features already fitted to the 2008
to adjust the torque to the front wheel with the best grip. And, unlike most
4WD systems, there's no handicap of extra weight and mechanical complications.
To maximise this wider-ranging ability, more appropriate Mud & Snow tyres (which
have special 'StabiliGrip' blades for enhanced tread contact) are fitted to
Grip Control versions which, incidentally, also feature a raised ground clearance.
All of which makes the 2008 more than able to take on our ever-degrading British
roads, particularly during the 'white' season.
The 1.6-litre e-HDI 115bhp turbodiesel fitted to our Feline test car is a sweet
thing to have under the bonnet: with 199lb ft of torque, its gutsy power is
served up willingly from pull-away to the important mid-range where most real-world
driving takes place. Overall its responsiveness makes any driving
in traffic, along quick A/B roads, and cruising motorways a breeze.
Partnered by a light, positive clutch, the slick six-speeder manual 'box adds
to the 2008's driveability and guarantees minimal effort in the cut and thrust
of the city.
Top speed is a mile-eating 117mph; keep your foot to the floor and you can accelerate
from standstill to 62mph in a satisfyingly crisp 10.4 seconds. A week's pretty
hard driving saw a recorded average of a truly brilliant 60.4mpg. That's without
trying to drive economically; just 'keeping up with traffic' the
default driving style of the majority of UK drivers.
With some attempt to conserve fuel, and given the official consumption figures
(70.6 combined; 60.1 urban; and 78.5mpg touring), lighter-footed drivers should
be seeing the 'sixties' on a regular basis. Other core running costs are also
minimal: courtesy of just 106g/km of emitted CO2 there's no road tax payable
in the first twelve months; thereafter it's a mere £20 per year.
2008 is eye-catchingly styled, notably so the sculpted bonnet and wings; adding
interest at the front are the precisely designed 'tech'-look headlamps and,
at the sides, a 'roof wave' that emerges above the rear cabin. At the tail there
are stand-out rear 'claw' effect LED lamps.
The 2008s road
manners are civilised
and it takes potholes and
other road blemishes
in its stride.
Plus theres peace of
mind every trip knowing
that whatever the road
your 2008 has a secure
grip on them...
steer the 2008 using one of the smaller diameter wheels first seen in the 208
and it's sharply responsive; the weighting is fine, and it's equally
good to use whether you're pressing on some through the twisties or threading
through a maze of commuter traffic. And the elevated driving position makes
it a breeze to place accurately.
Progress is quiet and refined along A and B roads as well as on motorways. At
the UK's legal limit, the 2008 is rock-steady, reassuring, and relaxing to travel
in be it as a passenger or the pilot. But do keep an eye on the speedo as its
natural 'gait' in top gear is an unruffled 85mph.
Its road manners are civilised; you're hardly aware of any body lean during
cornering and vented discs at each corner provide no-nonsense stopping from
any speed. Better yet, the 2008 takes potholes and other driver-unfriendly road
blemishes in its stride. And there's peace of mind every trip knowing that whatever
the road conditions underfoot, your 2008 has a secure 'grip' on them.
Spend a day in the company of a 2008 and you'll appreciate why motorists are
clamouring to own one; spend a week behind the wheel and, like us, you'll be
very reluctant to hand it back.
This new crossover from Peugeot comes with a winning formula, meeting the modern
lifestyle demands of today's drivers with panache. You want family values and
versatility? The 2008 delivers. You want urban street skills? The 2008's compact
city-friendly design obliges. You want all-weather security and the ability
to cut it in the country? Grip Control gets it done. And you want satisfaction
from your time behind the wheel? The 2008 gives you that too.
Add to that its premium looks, competitive pricing and affordable running costs,
and it's a crossover you simply can't say No to.
Peugeot 2008 Feline 1.6 e-HDi 115
Maximum speed: 117mph | 0-62mph: 10.4 seconds
| Test Average: 60.4mpg
Power: 115bhp | Torque: 199lb ft | CO2 106g/km