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Peugeot 2008 ready for summer

By raccars Published

Off-roaders and more sedate, urban vehicles used to be completely separate entities, but the new crossovers are one of the fastest growing market sectors in the auto industry, due to their useful versatility.

Nissan were the pathfinders in this area and major manufacturers can't afford not to keep up with market trends, meaning all are having to make sure they include a crossover/compact people carrier/SUV type vehicle in their line up. Vauxhall, Skoda, Ford, Renault, Dacia and even Mini have got in on the act and Peugeot is releasing its version, the 2008, this June. Rather than a stand alone model, this is being marketed more as an upscaled version of the brand's 208 hot hatchback.

Following another big trend, attention has also been focused on fuel economy, with Peugeot claiming nearly 62mpg using engines already proven in the 208. There's a 1.2 litre e-VTi turbocharged three cylinder petrol model, plus 1.4 and 1.6 litre e-HDi diesels. In the 208, that 1.4 litre e-HDi manages 83mpg and CO2 emissions of just 87g/kg, so while the Peugeot 2008 is substantially larger, you can still expect some very tempting figures, plus that very welcome tax and congestion charge exemption.

The Peugeot 2008 looks pretty rugged but is by no means an off-roader. However, an intelligent traction system does offer some impressive grip control. The system works with the Peugeot 2008's ESP to automatically adjust traction to the front-wheel drive, maintaining stability in a variety of conditions, including mud, snow, wet grass and dirt tracks, with the help of a set of all weather tyres. There are also five settings on a centre console control switch, to help negotiate tricky surfaces.

The 2008 is pretty beefy when looked at next to its little sibling but the lines are actually quite conservative and elegant. It feels robust but without any pretensions to competition with the likes of Land Rover. It's significantly large than the little 208, both inside and out and the driving position is elevated for improved visibility. There's some smart chrome detailing to the exterior, which sticks with Peugeot's current brand styling. It's a rather smart vehicle.

The Peugeot 2008 is entering a market already well-stocked with quality rivals, but a price of £13,000-£17,000 is likely to raise a good amount of interest, particularly when allied with Peugeot's 3 year/60,000 mile warranty. If this car is as well-built as the rest of the brand's current range, it should be a leading contender.

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