Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

The Silky Skin of an Off-Roader; Vani Naidoo Finds a Snappy Little Offering Wearing SUV Clothes

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

The Silky Skin of an Off-Roader; Vani Naidoo Finds a Snappy Little Offering Wearing SUV Clothes

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THE savvy car manufacturers, those who stand the test of time, respond quickly to the tune of the consumer adapting and simplifying as they case may be or thinking outside the square to stay ahead of the pack.

Most car buyers these days live in cities and are looking for ease of use, good all-round performance and value for money and quality at a modest price.

They love the attributes of an SUV but may not necessarily want the bulk, they love the convenience of a small car but want a bit more space.

Peugeot has responded with the 2008, a baby sports utility vehicle with more than 60% of its makeup coming from the 208 but is a little more spacious, a little taller and a smidgen longer.

The 2008 is available here with a choice of three engines - a three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol, a four- cylinder 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre turbo diesel.

Comfort

The interior of the 2008 has that Peugeot familiarity about it and from the outset it is obvious that keen attention has been paid to fit and finish.

It is all about texture here, an eclectic mix that not only works to create a more upmarket feel but also distracts from the places, like the doors where the plastic is hard.

The instrument cluster is snazzy, dials and buttons cleverly placed and the dash, dominated by a 17.7cm infotainment touch-screen, is clean and modern.

Seats are comfortable, if a little flat, and despite the fact the 2008 has its heart in a small car it feels rather spacious. Consideration has been given to head and legroom throughout although for the long term it is better suited to smaller kids than taller adults.

There are convenient storage options dotted around the cabin but the front cup holders are too far forward and on the small side and won't hold two coffees at once. Boot room is generous, 410-litres at rest growing to a credible 1400-litres with the back seats lowered, easily done thanks to a nifty one touch lever. …

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