What is it:
The Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech 130 GT-Line is the face-lifted version of Peugeot’s baby SUV, of which 40,000 found their way to UK owners.
This time round, on top of the new look, the 2008 compact SUV, gets a brand new 128bhp 1.2-litre Puretech engine and sportier-looking GT-Line trim.
- Despite being just a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol, the 2008 boasts an impressive 128bhp and 230NM of torque. This means acceleration to 62mph in 9.3 seconds and top speed of 124mph. On top of this, this engine is willing around town, yet refined on the motorway, with 58.9mpg consumption and CO2 of just 110g/km.
- Biggest change on the outside of the 2008 is the adoption of the upright new, slatted Peugeot family nose. The more masculine look for the 2008 continues at the front with the darkened front lights, wider arches at the side and a set of 3D rear lights at the back. Go for the new GT-Line trim, like we’re driving here and you’ll also get gloss black trim, scuff plates and 17-inch alloys on the outside.
- The inside of the 2008 feels pleasingly well put together and in GT-Line trim well-equipped. You get stainless-steel tread plates, aluminium pedals, red stitching for the seats, plus red highlights throughout the cabin, a touch screen infotainment system with sat-nav and Apple plus Android compatibility plus a full-length panoramic roof.
- It has taken a while, but we’re fans of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit, raised dashboard design and small steering wheel. Mainly because of how easy it is to read the instruments and the comfortable, multi-adjustable driving position. Add in the supportive front seats fitted in the GT-Line trim and you’ve got a comfortable mini-SUV. Rear space is good too, with enough head and legroom for even the tallest passengers. Finally there’s a practically-shaped boot 410-litre boot, which with the 60:40 split rear seat dropped can be extended to 1,400 litres.
- Clever grip control with five different modes is standard on the GT-Line and makes this Peugeot surprisingly capable off-road. Capable enough in fact, for many owners to not need a proper off-roader we reckon.
- This 2008 might have GT-Line badging, but despite the racy look and feel, this Peugeot is no sporty drive as there are no changes underneath over the outgoing model. There’s plenty of body roll in corners due to the soft suspension settings, plus the odd steering weights up strangely, which doesn’t inspire confidence.
- This engine might feel sprightly, but we wish this 2008 had a slicker gearchange.
- Despite the soft suspension, the ride on the standard 17-inch feels unsettled, plus there’s lots of road noise.
- The touch screen infotainment system is still slow and fiddly to operate.
- The 100 HDi diesel we also tried, might be a better all-rounder for business buyers with its 76.3 MPG economy and sub 100g/km (97g/km) emissions.
Better looking, a spacious, well-made interior, affordable to run and well-equipped – the face-lifted Peugeot 2008 is a credible SME alternative to the SUV opposition in the form of the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur. However, it’s not a perfect package as it still has an unsettled ride.
Despite diesel getting a rough ride at the moment, another question is whether to go for this petrol engine, or the more established diesel? Closest diesel model is the 100bhp 1.6-litre BlueHDi 100 also in GT-Line trim. The petrol version gets off to a good start by being cheaper by £750; the Puretech petrol engine also has more character.
However, bring the emissions and tax band into the equation and things don’t look as good for the 1.2 petrol, with 110g/km versus the 97g/km emissions of the 100HDi – although they both share the same 19% charge.
Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech 130 GT Line
The Low Down…
|Doors and body style||Five-door SUV|
|Engine/gearbox:||1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol with 5-speed manual|
|0-62mph/top speed:||9.3secs/ 124mph|
…..and what it costs
|Monthly business rental (ex VAT)||From £n/a (4yrs/60,000 miles)|
|Road tax (VED)||B|
|Company Car Tax Bands 2016/17 to 2017/18||19%, 21%, 23%|
|Benefit in kind 2016/17 to 2018/19||£3,640, £4,024, £4,407|
|Annual/Monthly fuel benefit (20%)||£844 /£70|
|Annual/Monthly fuel benefit (40%)||£1,687/£141|
|Annual/monthly company car tax (20%)||£728 /£61|
|Annual/monthly company car tax (40%)||£1,456 /£121|
|Figures correct at time of posting||May 2016|
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