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PEUGEOT 2008 REVIEWS | 2013-2019 MODEL

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Peugeot claws its way back with revamped 2008

PEUGEOT 2008 Autocar REVIEW

SOURCE: AUTOCAR | YEAR: 2017 | WORDS: PETER LOUISSON | PHOTOS: TOM GASNIER

What better way to give the 2008 a new lease of life than to transplant the 1.2-litre turbocharged triple with six-speed auto attached, replacing the torpid and forgettable atmo engine it had before (1.6 was it?) with four-speed auto in tow.

And that has been Peugeot to a P, holding fast to outdated technology (delivering value to shareholders!) while losing market share.

Remember when Peugeot used to be one of the biggest sellers amongst the European imports? No, neither do we, it was so long ago. Back then, Peugeot was at the forefront of high pressure direct injection diesel technology, and the 405 was a properly interesting driver’s car, but it was poorly built and reliability wasn’t flash (our former car dropped an engine after 80,000km, something about ‘soft rings’).

While things improved, so did the competition and somehow, over the years, Peugeot’s popularity fell away. Perhaps it was because of poor retained value, or perhaps it was because the firm was no longer at the leading edge of anything, playing catch up all the time. A few years ago, PSA was standing on the edge of a precipice and it was only the 308 that hauled it back, the little 1.2-litre triple turbo engine a delight in use, and economical to boot.

Peugeot raises the bar with 2008

PEUGEOT 2008 Driven REVIEW

SOURCE: DRIVEN | YEAR: 2017 | BY: CAMERON OFFICER

Barricades are being raised. Battle lines are being drawn. Well, metaphorically at least. But 2017 could see real civil disorder among two key French brands in New Zealand.

Why? Well for a start, Renault has pushed ahead in the past 24 months with a heap of new product in the form of the updated Clio, the Captur crossover and a revised and much-better-now-thanks Koleos SUV. Not that it’s an apples-with-apples equation, but the local distributor has also had big wins with the Renault Trafic and Master commercial vans.

Over at fellow Frenchies, Peugeot, things have been … well, quieter. The 208 hatchback was an undeniable winner as a first course to the carmaker’s wider line-up, and the 308 GT and 308 GTI were both sporty, fun-filled additions to the middle order. But all-of-a-sudden, those cars arrived some time ago now and there is no denying Peugeot has been hanging out for revised versions of two key sellers in its range for a long, long while.

One is the Peugeot 3008, which is due here in spring and promises a tangible step up in terms of styling and interior quality. The other is the tidy wee number gracing this page; the new 2008.


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