We got a good long look at Peugeot’s 2008 compact crossover whilst at the Geneva Motor Show. We didn’t actually stare at it for any great length of time but the bright orange paintwork of this show car meant the image of the thing was seared onto our retinas for all eternity.
That’s no bad thing because the Peugeot 2008 is pretty decent-looking and promises to take the fight to its major rivals, the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Vauxhall Mokka. Physically, it is essentially a beefed-up estate version of the 208 with a raised ride height. It’s no larger than a Nissan Juke, but its estate-like body shape affords it more storage space.
The boot, for example, provides 360 litres of room as standard and 1,195 when the 60:40 split rear seats are folded down. The Juke, for reference, offers 251 litres with the seats up and 830 litres with them folded down.
The boot space is used cleverly. Those seats fold down at the push of a single button, there are six hooks for hanging shopping bags, separate storage areas on each side and a retaining strap and net to keep things from crashing about while the car is in motion.
Not that you should be doing much crashing about – the Peugeot 2008 comes with a new Grip Control system, an advanced intelligent traction control system that improves grip on difficult surfaces and improves handling on not-so-difficult ones. Peugeot claims it’ll give the 2008 the ‘precise driving characteristics of a hatchback’, though we’ll reserve judgement until we get behind the wheel.
Expect plenty of gadgets in the Peugeot 2008. The car will come with Peugeot Connect Apps, which features apps that provide parking and traffic information, tourist attractions and weather updates.
The Peugeot 2008 will be available with a choice of range of petrol and diesel engines. Drivers with a requirement for low CO2 emissions should consider the 1.2-litre e-VTi 82bhp stop and start or the 1.6-litre e-HDI FAP 92bhp, which emit 99g/km and 98g/km, respectively. A pair of 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engines will be available after launch, offering a good blend of power and low emissions, the pick of the pair being the 1.2-litre e-THP 130bhp, which emits just 109g/km.
Peugeot will begin taking orders for the Peugeot 2008 in May 2013, with the car going on sale later in the summer.
We’ll have a fully review in due course.