The Peugeot 2008 GT Line 1.2 PureTech 130 S&S takes all that is good about the traditional SUV and gives it a sporting slant, producing a crossover that compliments it’s off road styling with a black front grill and sporting features. I particularly like the Pearlescent white paint finish that provides a contrast to the superb 17” Eridan Brilliant Black alloy wheels..
The engine choices for the 2008 are numerous, including both diesel and petrol with power output ranging from 75bhp up to a very healthy 130bhp. The 2008 GT Line on test arrived with it’s quick revving 1199cc petrol engine delivering the full compliment of 130bhp at 5500rpm and emissions of just 110g/km, meaning an annual tax rate of only £20.00. Combine that with claimed mpg of 58.9 and this will work out as a cheap car to run everyday which when mixed with a top speed of 124mph and a 0-62 time of 9.3s, you end up with that perfect combination of both fun and efficiency.
The 2016 edition 2008 GT Line is a willing performer out on the road. The engine provides plenty of versatile power, pulling from low down in the range and spinning up quickly once the revs begin to build. In and around town, the Peugeot provides a good quality ride, soaking up most road imperfections and this being the GT Line, the handling once out of town is far better than you expect as the lack of body roll through the bends provides a safe but exciting package.
The real innovation come with Peugeot’s Grip Control which optimises traction in low-grip conditions, adapting to the road by acting on the front wheels, using the electronic components already present on the vehicle. Crucially, the driver remains in control and can decide at any time to move from Standard mode using the dial located on the centre console, choosing instead Mud, Sand, Snow or ESP Off.
With the GT Line including a Celio Panoramic Glass Roof with Electric Sun Blind and Ambient Lighting, Aluminion door sills and pedals and GT Line mats, this is a sporty cabin which matches the exterior for style whilst providing excellent comfort for up to five adults. Peugeot have included cruise control and speed limiter, Rear parking aid, Visibility pack (automatic headlights, windscreen wipers and electrochrome rear view mirror), Electric Rear Windows, ‘One touch’, anti-pinch, electric windows (All), Tinted rear and rear side windows, reversing camera and satellite navigation. Peugeot haven’t scrimped on safety either as the 2008 also includes Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Anti-Lock Braking (ABS), 6 x airbags (front driver & passenger, side airbags and curtain airbags), ISOFIX location mounts and Tyre Pressure Sensors.
The Peugeot 2008 is an impressive performer amongst the competition and deserves to do well as it has impressive manners combined with a willing and efficient engine. If you’re in the market for a good value crossover, starting at £13,970, it’s definitely worth a look.
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