The 155 hp petrol and 100% electric versions had rather convinced us about the progress made by the “small” Peugeot SUV. Let’s see what a version equipped with the 130 hp Diesel unit gives.
It is not the most basic configuration either. But this test allows us to get a second opinion on the bestseller of the Lion brand, without it being on its 31st. We were thus able to take in hand a 2008 GT Line housing under its hood the small 1.5-liter BlueHDi 4-cylinder engine which develops 130 horsepower and 300 Nm of maximum torque. This unit is automatically associated with the EAT8 automatic gearbox which plays a remarkably important role: it is largely thanks to it that this Diesel is pleasant to live with.
To compensate for the increase in the size of this second generation of the 2008 (+7 cm), Peugeot has also upgraded this BlueHDI so that even heavy-duty drivers find themselves there and can benefit from the performance they expect from an SUV. with such a sporty look. Indeed, the first 2008 looked more like an exaggeratedly raised station wagon than a real urban SUV. But that is over. This 2008 second of the name affirms Peugeot’s move upmarket with a decidedly more dynamic style and much more adventurous than before. However, it was necessary to improve the mechanics and make them ever more efficient.
Good to know: anticipate the purchase and resale.
It is possible to know the resale or trade-in value of your vehicle thanks to the auto Turbo rating of your Peugeot 2008, the alternative to the Argus rating.
Efficient but not impressive
This BlueHDI of 130 equines will undoubtedly be the best friend of the big rollers who will buy a Peugeot 2008. Great progress has been made to make the mechanics more flexible, less rough. Its performance will suffice for most customers (0 to 100 km / h in 12.3 seconds and a top speed of 195 km / h), especially when they are faced with the consumption displayed by the very pretty i-Cockpit 3D. So if Peugeot claims an average of 3.8 liters / 100 km, we noted a very modest 5.6 liters / 100 km on a mixed course, taking care to keep a smooth driving.
Small flat on the point of consumption, if you decide to increase the pace in Sport mode, consumption will flirt quite quickly with 8 or 9 l / 100km. Fortunately, the staging of the EAT8 gearbox perfectly suited to the vocation of the 4-cylinder BlueHDI can be appreciated more when driving smoothly. The engine-box assembly works wonderfully, and adapts to the style of driving you adopt. That’s not all. This HDi version of 2008 also offers satisfactory sound insulation which masks the excess presence of the 4 cylinders: no unpleasant rumble even during rather vigorous requests.
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A little truck
Between the high and straight driving position, the fairly pronounced body movements and the ultra-assisted steering, even much too sticky in Sport mode, the 2008 second generation is not the best representative of the dynamism claimed by the firm in Lion. Although bigger, the 3008 will certainly be less clumsy than its little brother. But that may have a small advantage if you tend to be satisfied with a very well-rounded eco-driving.
We then realize that, what the 2008 loses in liveliness, it gains in overall comfort. A surprising observation at first glance since the small steering wheel would rather make you want to tease slightly more winding roads, but this is not what Peugeot encourages us to do.
In other words, the bias is assumed and it tends more towards comfort. We still blame this little beast for not having a more precise direction. Some might not mind this inconvenience, others will find it almost messy.
Versatile and stylish, but expensive!
Our test model was equipped with the GT Line trim level which raises the note to 31,950 euros. At this price, Peugeot offers 17-inch rims, black roof and roof bars, 3D navigation and 10-inch touchscreen, Full LED lights and the famous three-claw light signature. But also some safety equipment such as emergency braking, pedestrian detection and parking assistance. A standard endowment that we would tend to qualify as “union minimum” these days.
Especially since if you want keyless access and start (350 euros), the wireless charger for smartphones (100 euros), the adaptive regulator and semi-autonomous driving systems (400 euros) or the system monitoring blind spots (200 euros), the note can quickly climb.
This does not necessarily put our Peugeot 2008 in a good position to face the competition. His most direct rival, the Renault Captur is extremely well placed in the segment since it costs 2 to 3,000 euros less than our Lion badged mount. There remains the look and the power to the advantage of the 2008 since the SUV at the Losange only has a block of 115 horses in the catalog and a less devastating style.