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Sunday, July 17, 2022

Review: 2022 Peugeot 2008


The Peugeot 2008 has a reputation that precedes itself. One glowing review after another in Europe, it looks like the sort-of vehicle that Peugeot needs to revitalize itself in the local market. It also represents a new way of thinking—a thinking that aims it towards the premium mainstream crowd where it’ll do battle in a segment populated mostly by Japanese models. Ultimately, being different, in both its country of origin and execution works to both its advantage and disadvantage something that’s made clear after a week’s worth of driving.

One thing that works to the Peugeot 2008’s advantage is its design. It’s a head-turner—something everyone agrees on. Whereas the previous Peugeot 2008 looked like a hatchback that put on some lockdown weight, this one invested in a home gym. The lines are unmistakably familial, and as a result, feline, but compared to its bigger brothers, this one’s gone for definition. The use of sharp angles is refreshing in a segment dominated by those that look like suppositories.



It's also well-kitted outside too. LED lighting all around, standard roof rails (a rarity in its class), door handles, and mirrors in fancy gloss black, and even 17-inch alloy wheels that look an inch bigger than they are. It checks all the boxes. It’s a shame it doesn’t take on the Peugeot logo, but that’s a very minor gripe.

Inside, Peugeot tries to double-down on its i-Cockpit nonsense, and in the Peugeot 2008, it just doesn’t work. The high-mounted instruments (literally mounted atop the dashboard) and small diameter steering wheel are supposed to give drivers a decent view of the gauges, but here (at least in my preferred driving position), restricts them even more. This odd layout also compromises exterior visibility, especially when you consider the chunky windshield pillars. Ditto the rear, so it’s a good thing it's got parking sensors all around and a rear camera as well.



Equally annoying is Peugeot’s insistence on cleaning up the cabin of knobs and buttons by relying on a central touchscreen. Perhaps it’s forgivable if the infotainment system itself responds with a level of urgency, but here, it does with a hint of laissez-faire. Tap the climate control button, and sometimes it’ll bring up the menu where you can adjust the fan speed and temperature; sometimes it’ll decide to let you cook in Manila’s midday heat first. The same goes with its implementation of Apple CarPlay. One moment you’re loving the convenience of Waze and Spotify, the next, it’ll cause the entire touchscreen to freeze. The only solution would be to disconnect your iPhone and try your luck the next time you plug it in. At the worst case, it’ll require you to turn off the car and re-start it again.

The responsiveness (or lack thereof) of the Peugeot 2008’s electricals is a shame really, because if they got them to work, the gauges are a lovely piece of work. Granted they don’t exactly promote legibility, the double-layered holographic feel gives it a strong Star Trek vibe. It’s also customizable in at least five ways, with each one looking more confusing than the last. Still, you’ll have to give them credit for trying, right?



Material-wise, the Peugeot 2008 is a solid piece of work. Although you won’t find any plush plastics in here, Peugeot has managed to hide that by successfully by adding elements like the carbon fiber pattern on the dash, gloss black accents, and even aluminum-like trim. Oh, and at least the controls are crisp and well-finished. Equally commendable are the seats—they pass muster on what’s a P 1.55-million car.

In terms of dimensions, the Peugeot 2008 isn’t a large SUV, but they’ve made good work of carving up usable interior space. The front passengers, in particular have nothing to complain about with the excellent head- and leg room. There’s also enough shoulder room (with a padded center arm rest console to boot) to prevent crossed arms from clashing. Surprisingly, the same can be said about the rear occupants. The door opening’s on the narrow side, but once cleared, you’ll find ample legroom. The middle portion of the bench’s softly cushioned too. However, seating three abreast is a challenge, and Peugeot seems to accept this by not offering a middle headrest.



Typically, European brands tend not to equate to usable cubby holes and storage spaces, but the Peugeot 2008 can easily stand toe-to-toe with most Japanese brands in this regard. Not only are there usable door pockets, but there’s a deep cubby hole between the front seats (it’s actually L-shaped in that it tunnels beneath the cup holders) and a two-tier shelf that’s conveniently located next to the USB charging ports. The same’s true for the back where have their very own door pockets. There’s also a small netted bin at the center, but no rear AC vent or charging ports. Trunk space is also sensible enough, and offers the versatility of a 60/40 split-folding mechanism; take note though that it doesn’t lie flush with the cargo hold.

Another evidence of the Peugeot 2008’s European-centric thinking comes in the form of its powertrain. Under the hood, you’ll find a small turbocharged lump; in this case, the brand’s 1.2-liter 3-cylinder PureTech. Don’t let the miniscule displacement fool you—with 130 horsepower and 230 Nm of torque, it pushes numbers comparable to the best that the rest of the world has to offer. Most impressive is that peak torque is just 10 Nm shy of the HR-V Turbo’s output and couple that in a body that’s lighter results in impressively flexible performance. There’s always plenty of shove whenever you put your foot down, even at low revs. Peugeot says the century mark’s reached in 9.1 seconds, and while those numbers are believable, a more important fact is that it cruises politely.



It's a shame though that the 6-speed automatic that engine is attached to could use some polish. Even when driven sensibly, it’s hesitant in its shifts. Upshifts are quite alright, but the downshift quality is poor. It almost always causes the Peugeot 2008 to shudder, especially when you’re about to grind to a halt. This is pretty evident at the lowest three gears where they engage unusually hard.

Yet another inherent weakness of the Peugeot 2008 is its suspension tuning. Best described as jelly-like, it makes for a great long drive companion, but around town, the news isn’t as good. It struggles to glide through any sort of pockmarked roads, jiggling and wiggling the car, sometimes to the point the steering snaps making you momentarily lose control. There are also numerous rattles too emanating from the chassis. It begs the question if some bushings have already gone, but with less than 1,500 kilometers on the clock, that’s highly unlikely. Hit a pothole hard enough and it’ll send a shockwave that’ll ripple and reverberate throughout the cabin.



Naturally, the putty-like body structure and soft ride equals to a fair amount of lean when pushed. Granted crossovers aren’t meant to be corner scalpels, this one doesn’t offer the same amount of confidence at the limit. Moreover, because of the tiny steering wheel, small inputs are translated into big responses making it feel unwieldly. In fairness though, if used for strictly puttering about in urban environments, that quick steering and tight turning circle—5.2 meters—make life incredibly easy.

Coming from what was essentially a bloated-up hatchback, Peugeot has re-engineered the Peugeot 2008 into a nice little SUV. Now, buyers aren’t really short of options for a compact crossover, especially at this price point, but this one makes a name for itself chiefly for its design, better-than-most interior space, and genuinely good straight-line pace. Unfortunately, the questionable ergonomics and poor on-road manners weigh it down. In the end though, it still manages to give a fresh feel in a dizzyingly crowded segment. However, it also gives off a whiff of being too much haute couture where it’s impeccably high fashion, but can be low on substance.

2022 Peugeot 2008

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Ownership 2022 Peugeot 2008 1.2 PureTech 130
Year Introduced 2022
Vehicle Classification Compact Crossover
Warranty 3 years / 100,000 kilometers
The Basics
Body Type 5-door SUV
Seating 5
Engine / Drive F/F
Under the Hood
Displacement (liters) 1.2
Aspiration Turbocharged
Fuel Delivery EFI
Layout / # of Cylinders I3
BHP @ rpm 130 @ 5,500
Nm @ rpm 230 @ 1,750
Fuel / Min. Octane Gasoline / 95~
Transmission 6AT
Cruise Control Yes, w/ Limiter
Fuel Economy @ Ave. Speed 10 km/L @ 17 km/h
Dimensions and Weights
Length (mm) 4,300
Width (mm) 1,770
Height (mm) 1,550
Wheelbase (mm) 2,605
Curb Weight (kg) 1,225
Suspension and Tires
Front Suspension Independent, MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Torsion Beam Axle
Front Brakes Vented Disc
Rear Brakes Disc
Parking Brake Electric
Tires Goodyear Assurance TripleMax 2 215/60 R 17 H (f & r)
Wheels Alloy
Safety Features
Airbags 6
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) Yes, with EBD
Traction / Stability Control Yes
Parking Sensors Yes, Front & Rear
Parking Camera Yes, Rear
Front Seatbelts 3-pt ELR w/ pre-tensioners x 2
Rear Seatbelts 3-pt ELR x 3
ISOFIX Child Seat Anchor Yes
Other Safety Features Forward Collision Warning
Active Safety Brake
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist
Blindspot Detection
Driver Attention Warning
Exterior Features
Headlights LED
Fog Lamps Yes, Rear
Auto Lights Yes
Rain-sensing Wipers Yes
Tailgate Manual
Interior Features
Steering Wheel Adjust Tilt/Telescopic
Steering Wheel Material Leather
Seating Adjustment (driver) 6-way, Manual
Seating Adjustment (front passenger) 6-way, Manual
Seating Surface Leather
Folding Rear Seat Yes, 60/40
Sunroof No
Trip Computer Yes
Convenience Features
Power Steering Yes
Power Door Locks Yes
Power Windows Yes
Power Mirrors Yes, w/ Fold
Rear View Mirror Day/Night
Proximity Key Yes
Climate Control Yes
Audio System Stereo
USB
Bluetooth
Smartphone Connectivity Apple CarPlay
Android Auto
# of Speakers 6
Steering Controls Yes

12 comments:

  1. Sad. All looks no substance (i.e. driving dynamics) and no love/interest as indicated by 0 comments (before myself) vs 27 (& counting) on HRV Turbo review.

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    1. Hard to sell. No nationwide dealers. Parts need to be ordered through casa. Lack of aftermarket support. No class leading features. A bit overpriced.

      Ito yung favorite brand ni boy interior. Pipiliin niya daw mag “pidgot” kaysa rav 4 kasi gusto niya ma impress friends niya.

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    2. Hahaha sobrang triggered di parin ako nalilimutan haha. Ikaw yung number one prio sa sasakyan ay resale value sa halip na yung mismong car tapos gusto lahat ng buyers kagaya ng mentality mo haha. Ano tawag mo sa mga taong gusto matipid? “Boy mpg”? Haha. Same repetitive “boy interior” argument parin wala nman masabi nung nalatagan ng facts at data haha. Balik ka muna sa school kaya mababa iq ng pinas nandito ka, reading comprehension palang haha. Hatak na hatak mo kami lahat pababa ehh haha.

      To the car, no one would buy this crap, and no one should buy this crap, only thing this has is it looks, pagpasok mo eeehhhhh, sobrang basic, liit, and all over the place. Maganda pa nga review ni Sir Uly. Sobrang underwhelming for 1.55m. Cant say overprice since diko nman alam original spec nito in europe but here in ph maraming mas maganda. Kahit 1.2m diko to iconsider bilhin.

      Didnt bother to comment since medyo knowledgeable nman mga tao rito (unlike in fb and yt). Pero since nalala mo ko sige haha.

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  2. Bter buy d raize turbo n save 520k

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  3. Raize is smaller,less powerful and mediocre..2008 is miles better!

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    1. Looks like ur describing a mirage g4

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  4. All these subcompact crossovers & MPVs suffer from the same handling & ride problem because they all have the same non-independent torsion beam rear suspensions. You can only tune them so much, they still can't beat the laws of physics.

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    1. The Mazda 3 has rear torsion beam.

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    2. Different category. And according to reviews it handles better than the previous gen version with independent multilink rear suspension due to its innovative design, tuning & G-Vectoring Control Plus. So not all suspensions are created equal.

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  5. Coolray and cs35 plus! Go check em! You're just buying a prestige name from that 2008. And if you're a jdm fanboy, there's raize turbo to check out with no foot rest though.. :)

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    1. Raize Turbo isn't JDM as its made in Indonesia with mediocre quality..2008 is one of the best selling crossover SUV in European markets.

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