2008 Allure 1.2 VTi
increasingly want easy-
performing multi-role vehicles.
Which is precisely what Peugeots
new entrant, the 2008 Crossover,
sets out to be...
RELATED TO THE LARGER 3008, the slightly more compact 2008 Crossover is a natural
development from the new 208 hatchback and a successor to the 207 SW estate
The five-door, five-seat 2008 Crossover sits between its stablemates in terms
of overall size and carrying capacity and will hold between 360 and 1,194 litres,
depending on how the quickly-flipped back seats are used and utilising some
handy underfloor storage as well.
Under the bonnet you'll find one of Peugeot's familiar range of petrol and diesel
engines, starting off with an 82bhp three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol unit that's
likely to prove to be the private buyer's first choice. There's also a 120bhp
1.6-litre petrol unit.
now the diesel series includes a 68bhp 1.4-litre plus 92bhp and 115bhp 1.6-litre
units, some with sequential six-speed automatic transmissions. Peugeot will
be adding more powertrain choices over the coming months including a 99g/km
1.2 petrol with an auto 'box and Stop&Start.
levels number four: Access+, Active, Allure and Feline. The range of optional
equipment (and standard, depending on model) includes Peugeot's Grip Control
that provides 4WD-like traction, a choice of consoles and interior lighting,
and a parallel self-parking and extracting system. In all, eighteen models will
gradually become available priced between £12,995 and £19,195.
With total control,
and silence, the Grip
(with standard-fit all-
weather tyres) powered
up the snow-covered
slope, turned at the top
and, still under full
control, descended back
down without any
loss of traction...
Standard kit on the Allure includes part-leather seats, climate control, power
windows and mirrors, cruise control, rear parking sensor, Bluetooth, and alloy
wheels plus ESP.
In combination with the 2008's 16.5cm ground clearance, Peugeot's patented Grip
Control provides (at the turn of a control on the central tunnel) all-year-round
motoring practicality thanks to its ability to cope with mud, sand and snow.
As was very impressively demonstrated at the 2008's launch, held on the Tamworth
indoor snow slope. It's not every summer's day you get the chance to charge
up and down a snow-covered slope in a car. Just a few feet at the bottom of
the Tamworth slope was all that was possible in a front-wheel drive 2008; but
tackled in another, fitted with Grip Control, the result was amazingly different.
With total control, remarkable smoothness and silence, the Grip Control-equipped
model (with standard-fit all-weather tyres) powered up the hill, turned at the
top and, still under full control, descended back down without any loss of traction.
Remember, this is not a dedicated 4x4 but a comfortable family 'holdall'
and one that's very easy to drive.
Back on the road, with not an icicle in sight, both the 82bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder
petrol and the 115bhp four-pot 1.6 e-HDi diesel proved very good all-rounders.
On test the diesel delivered 58.7mpg; the busy but delightfully smooth little
petrol pushed along at 42mpg (officially its combined figure is 57.6mpg).
You immediately appreciate the 2008's slightly higher riding position and the
room in front and back is very good, the ride is smooth and the handling safe
if not thrilling.
The modest power from the engines makes for reasonable progress, the steering
and brakes are good although I found the three-cylinder's clutch pedal travel
overly long not an issue with the diesel.
While it faces some tough competition in the emerging new compact Crossover/SUV
sector, Peugeot's new 2008 is one of the most comfortable Crossover cars now
on the market. Classy and capable, with a comfortably smooth ride and relatively
spacious interior, the impressive Grip Control feature and well-judged pricing,
it will give the similar-sized Nissan Juke and Vauxhall Mokka ranges some serious
competition. Robin Roberts
Peugeot 2008 Crossover Allure 1.2 VTi
Top speed: 105mph | 0-62mph: 13.5 seconds | Average Test MPG: 42mpg
Power: 82bhp | Torque: 87lb ft | CO2 114g/km