2008 GT Line 1.2 PureTech 130
a theory going round that
the worse our roads get the more
drivers are buying quasi-SUVs
in fact theres now a booming
demand for compact versions thats
verging on becoming a craze...
THAT SAID, YOU CAN'T BLAME drivers for clamouring for them, especially
when there's an award-winning Engine of the Year under the bonnet. Powering
our family-friendly 2008 test car was one of Peugeot's turboed 128bhp triple-cylinder
PureTech petrol units the same as has scooped the award every
year for the past three years.
Of course, should you prefer a turbodiesel there's nothing to stop you choosing
one of Peugeot's clean BlueHDi units; these come in 75, 100 and 120hp flavours.
In addition to the 128bhp (130PS) three-pot, unleaded fans also have the option
of 82 and 110hp power outputs. Trim levels are Access A/C, Active, Allure and
GT Line and entry into the 2008 'club' starts from just £16,300.
many small SUVs look like they should be able to scale every mountain, few actually
can true, most do offer raised ground clearance and a commanding driving
position, but many only come with two-wheel drive. Not a problem for the 2008
because Peugeot has come up with a clever twist on all-wheel drive it's
called Grip Control.
has come up
with a clever twist
on all-wheel drive
its called Grip Control.
with a selection of
driving modes, each
tailored for a variety
of surfaces: in addition
to Standard theres
Snow, Mud, Sand, and
And it works a treat...
Control maximises traction on slippery surfaces and in low-grip conditions by
changing the torque distribution and managing the traction control system to
get the 2008 out of difficult situations.
It provides drivers with a selection of driving modes, each tailored for a variety
of surfaces: in addition to Standard there's Snow, Mud, Sand, and ESP Off which
disconnects both dynamic stability control and traction assistance to enable
total control for the driver at speeds up to 30mph.
To further improve traction, 2008 models fitted with Grip Control also come
with special all-weather (so-called Mud & Snow) tyres that perform better than
everyday road rubber in challenging conditions.
We've spent the past week behind the wheel of the range-topping GT Line 128bhp
PureTech model that comes with all-the-bells-and-whistles. Driving one of these
away from the showroom will cost you £20,800, but the must-have Grip Control
Looks-wise the 2008 gives off strong kerb appeal. Its SUV-themed styling, high-riding
suspension, heavy-duty wheelarch extensions and scuff plates, is fronted by
a black chrome grille flanked by 'cut-out' headlamps and LED daytime running
The sporty-looking GT Line treatment adds gloss-black external detailing while
at the tail there's a sports spoiler and 'claw' effect LED rear lights that
wrap around and cut into the back wings. The whole show is signed-off by a set
of 'Brilliant Black' 17-inch alloy wheels.
Extra ground clearance is one of the core benefits of moving up to a SUV and
backed by a well-damped, longer-travel suspension set-up the 2008 makes a fine
vehicle for tackling today's mortar-bombed tarmac, which generally it rides
over without flinching and neither will you! The other major plus of
its 'jacked' stance is the vastly improved visibility and this in turn makes
for stress-free driving in traffic as well as more people-watching opportunities
for your passengers!
in a 2008 is a pleasant experience courtesy of its 'all glass' cabin whose deep
glazing is capped by a panoramic glass roof so everyone aboard sees more of
what's going on in the world outside.
is one of the core
benefits of moving up to
a SUV and backed by
a well-damped, longer-
travel suspension set-up
the 2008 makes a fine
vehicle for tackling
tarmac, which generally
it rides over without
flinching and neither
There's a fist of headroom and the sporty front seats with their pronounced
bolstering really hold you in place. Easy stepless backrest adjustment is another
'plus' and the seat heating (3-stage) is brilliantly quick. Smartly finished
in red and grey fabric with red detail stitching, the seats kept us comfortable
for hundreds of miles.
footwells are of a good size too, which is handy should you need to drive in
boots or even wellies after walking the dog in the woods. The clutch-foot rest
is also well-judged.
The driver experience takes a step-up in a 2008 thanks to Peugeot's i-Cockpit.
If you haven't seen it before, this is basically a heads-up style full instrument
panel combined with a flat-bottomed and smaller than usual steering wheel (but
perfectly wieldy, with perforated leather work areas) whose compact size lets
the driver view the instruments over its top rim and not through it.
The rest of the cabin is defined by classy styling and sporty touches that include
aluminium sill kick-plates, aluminium sports pedals, an intriguing and tactile
3D finish to the fascia, nice detailing to switchgear and door handles (the
high-gloss black front door pulls feature red pin-striping), an aviation-style
handbrake (easy to use: palm on top then curl your fingers under to release),
GT Line carpet mats, and blue ambient lighting running lengthways down the sides
of the glass roof. And you'll find ample in-cabin storage for a family's bits
Naturally the 2008 is 'connected'. A seven-inch infotainment colour touchscreen
is home to SatNav; MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay are incorporated for smartphone
linkage plus there's voice recognition for radio, navigation and telephone functions.
On-screen graphics are sharp, as too is the 3D mapping, and foolproof directions
are given along with handy graphic prompts on the driver's trip display between
the main teardrop dials for revs and speed.
A large digital speed readout is also shown, along with the posted roadside
speed limits although these are displayed in the top left-hand corner of the
maps. Bluetooth and a DAB digital radio are also present and correct. Below
the touchscreen sits the control panel for the 2-zone automatic AirCon
and you don't need to go through the touchscreen to adjust the heating and ventilation.
kit not mentioned elsewhere includes a colour reversing camera (with on-screen
grid and overhead view), auto lights and wipes, auto-dimming rearview mirror,
powerfolding heated door mirrors (on demand and locking), cruise control, speed
limiter, one-shot electric windows, tinted rear screen and rear side windows,
and roof bars.
nice bonus, even
when compared to the
legendary economy of
diesels, is the 1.2s
officially the Combined
Cycle comes in at
58.9mpg but few cars
ever get close; that said,
the 128bhp three-pot
came up trumps,
recording an overall
average of 52.7mpg.
And regular drivers wont
have to hope too hard
to better that...
is well addressed by Peugeot Connect SOS and Assistance (for automatic or manual
emergency calls), six airbags, height-adjustable front belts, Electronic Stability
Programme with Hill Assist, automatic hazard light activation during emergency
braking, cornering assist fog lights, and tyre pressure monitoring. Active City
Brake (an extra £250) monitors vehicles ahead and implements full auto-braking
if the driver fails to react to a potential collision at speeds under 20mph.
many owners the most important feature of the 2008's rear cabin will be the
wide-opening back doors that as well as permitting easy entry and exit also
make fitting a child seat a piece of cake. Adults seated there won't be disappointed
either because the seats are upholstered in the same comfortable fabric as the
fronts; the backrests are set at a relaxing angle, foot- and knee-room is good
and there's air between heads and the glass ceiling which runs back a long way
and floods the interior with light. For shade-lovers a powered opaque sunblind
will keep the sun's rays at bay.
The seats are also set high off the floor which ensures not only expansive views
out even through the windscreen between the front seatbacks but
ensures good lower leg comfort. Magazine pockets take care of that latest blockbuster
novel you bought for the beach, and there's room in the rear door bins for meaningful
Parents will also appreciate the door child locks being operated remotely from
the driver's door panel. For a four-metre-long player, the five-door 2008 manages
to fulfil the 'five-seater' tag its five headrests promise and a third-in-the-middle
Three-pot engines have established a rep for being revvy and the 1.2-litre PureTech
triple is all of that; backing its 128bhp with a meaningful 169lb ft of torque
and partnered with a manual 'box that's stacked with a well sorted set of ratios,
making the most of the power in hand is never a chore acceleration from
zero to 62mph is done and dusted in a zippy 9.3 seconds, while the 124mph top
speed makes for smooth cruising at the legal 70mph.
the move the petrol triple shows just why many drivers prefer petrol over diesel,
despite the greater torque that turbodiesels dish out dropping a cog
in the three-pot generates an immediate hit of oomph but what's rather, although
not entirely, unexpected is the award-winning 1.2-litre's refinement.
you'll hear that affable three-cylinder 'thrum' when working it hard but back
off and it immediately retreats into the background, making long trips at cruising
speeds extremely restful.
its sharp steering
and agile handling it
feels like a nicely-sorted
The compact steering
wheel highlights the 2008s fast steering
responses, making it
wieldy round country
lanes and perfect for city
It makes you smile!
nice bonus, even when compared to the legendary economy of diesels, is the 1.2's
real-world economy the Combined Cycle comes in at 58.9mpg but few cars
ever get close to their official figures; that said, the 128bhp three-pot came
up trumps, recording an overall average of 52.7mpg. And regular drivers won't
have to hope too hard to better that!
a tallish car the big surprise is the fluent way the 2008 drives with
its sharp steering and agile handling it feels like a nicely-sorted supermini.
The compact steering wheel highlights the 2008's fast steering responses because
a small movement of the rim brings a large correction at the nose, making it
wieldy round country lanes and perfect for city manoeuvring and parking. And
it makes you smile!
Ever noticed how luggage has an alarming habit of expanding to fill the space
available and then a bit more besides? However, that shouldn't catch
out the 2008 owner whose boot will take a very practical 422 litres below the
parcel shelf-style luggage cover. Drop the 2/3:1/3-split rear seatbacks and
there's more a great deal more: a cavernous 1,400 litres with a seamlessly
flat loadbay floor.
Loading is kept hassle-free by the floor being flush to the rear load sill with
no lip to lift cargo over, while providing quicker access to items at the tail
end of the boot is the fold-back last third of the luggage cover.
Overall the 2008 meets and satisfies a whole range of cargo needs whether for
young couples, empty-nesters, single parent families or retirees, making it
an easy car to live with however you use it. And once those 1,400 litres are
taken by people or packages you still have the U-haul option:
you hook it up; and the 2008 will tow a braked 1,250kg.
The 2008 grabs you on two fronts: on one side it gives you family-friendly comfort
with low running costs, plenty of style, and loads of kit; on the other it serves
up an enjoyable driving experience with the safety net of greater grip in dicey
conditions. You really can't lose, can you! ~ MotorBar
Peugeot 2008 GT Line 1.2 PureTech 130
Maximum speed: 124mph | 0-62mph: 9.3 seconds | Test Average: 52.7mpg
Power: 128bhp | Torque: 169lb ft | CO2: 110g/km