Triple Crossing: The 2014 Peugeot 2008 Review
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This late coming 208 supermini based crossover is a more sophisticated addition to the segment. It holds all the advantages of an urban runabout with economically strong engines, attractive styling plus that all-weather ability, mild off-road ability, space and comfort you’d expect from its SUV DNA. It’s a complete package that proves to be a good shout when shopping about in this segment.
The 2014 Peugeot 2008 looks a bit more mature than most of the crossover class – a segment where most manufacturers go for super trendy, super sporty or super off the wall designs. It still bares all the hallmarks of its base 208 design if it had gone on a course of heavy steroid abuse to bring out that SUV chunkiness without losing its Peugeot-ness. It’s longer, higher and wider than the 208 and despite this shift in dimensions; it’s a good looking machine. The boot gives you a full 360ltrs (that’s 30% more than you’d find in a Nissan Juke and about the same as you’d find in a Mocha.
Behind the wheel of the 2014 Peugeot 2008, there seems to be a proper mix of car type elements. There’s the small sporty steering wheel, an SUV-like commanding driving position and the light steering and soft ride that you might normally associate with an MPV. Despite sounding a bit confused, it actually goes together quite well. Specifically it’s good to see that the distinctively SUV elements haven’t messed up the nippy 206 dynamics that lie underneath the 2014 Peugeot 2008. Throwing it about however, you’ll see that the change of dimensions (specifically the extra height) does lend to extra body roll. Upon this the turning doesn’t feel spectacularly sharp. The tiny steering wheel would also get in the way of the instrument panel if the Peugeot engineers hadn’t already foreseen this and moved it above the dash in the manner of an MPV to give you a nice, poor man’s heads up display effect where you don’t have to take your eyes of the road. Engine-wise, a standard 3 cylinder 1.2ltr unit comes in a number of variations and works surprisingly well considering its size. The entry level 82bhp unit is nicely willing due to its low curb weight and gets to 62mph in 13.5 seconds up to its top speed of 105mph. You do need to rev it pretty hard to get all the way there though. There are the supercharged 1.2ltr VTi petrol engines that come in 110 and 130bhp forms.
All in all, what’s the lowdown with the 2014 Peugeot 2008? This crossover is precisely that – it is a lot of things rolled into one. It has positive elements of a supermini, an SUV and an MPV which could seem quite unfocused if it didn’t blend so seamlessly to create a proper all-rounder. Sure there are rivals that handle a little better, but the pure flexibility you’ll find in owning one of these will more than make up for it. The Peugeot 2008’s subtle design makes it reek of sophistication and quality in a way which is sure to sway buyers who don’t want to adhere to the showy standards of this trendy segment. If you’re looking at supermini’s then the question must be asked… why not go the whole hog and go for this 2014 Peugeot 2008 over a normal 208? Food for thought. But yummy food.
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