DRIVEN: Peugeot 2008 GT-Line

Quirky, spacious - Peugeot 2008.
Quirky, spacious - Peugeot 2008.

The second-generation Peugeot 2008 is one beautiful compact SUV. We got to sample GT-Line which sits on top of the model range.

If there’s one thing you have to appreciate about French manufactures is their design language. Unlike some of its rivals, they aren’t afraid to push the envelope when it comes to their designs. At the front, you’re greeted by this beautiful grille, LED daytime running lights and “3 LED claws” headlights which Peugeot says a meant to signify a lions claw. On the side, you find interesting shapes in the bodywork that give it a bold look. At the back, the rear taillights also receive the 3 LED Claw treatment. Being the top of the range model, the 2008 GT-Line gets 18-inch wheels and all the bells and whistles with an exception of the optional sunroof.

Inside it’s like entering a spaceship. There are toggle switches for the menu’s, an interesting steering wheel, and a 3D digital drivers display. The seats a comfy and feature a cloth/leather combination. Peugeot’s i-Cockpit® infotainment system takes some time to get used to and is not as intuitive as its competitors. The cabin is different and is quite quirky, bringing something unique to the segment. When it comes to interior space it has plenty of head and knee room.

It’s powered by a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine that produces 96kW and 230Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic. The ride is very comfortable and soaks up bumps pretty well. I did however dislike the gearbox at lower speeds as it has a tendency of holding gears a bit too long. On the highway, it has no trouble at all especially when it comes to overtaking. Peugeot claims 6.5 L/100 km but I found myself hovering around 8 L/100 km.

At R 499 900 the Peugeot 200 GT-Line faces some stiff competition. With that being said, it’s a great car but with the South African car market, it’s quite hard to entice buyers when it comes to French cars. If you’re looking for something unique in the compact SUV market, the 2008 should definitely be on your radar.

Specs

  • Engine: 1.2-litre turbocharged 3 cylinder
  • Power: 96 kW
  • Torque: 230 Nm
  • Transmission: 6 speed automatic
  • Acceleration: 0 – 100 km/h – 9.1 Seconds
  • Top Speed: 198 km/h
  • Fuel Consumption: 6.5 L/100 km (claimed)
  • Price: R 499 900
Malusi Msomi
Lover of all things cars. Automotive photographer, freelance motoring journalist and founder of one of the biggest social media automotive communities in the country, DBN Spotter. My world revolves around three words; Drive, shoot, write.