Peugeot recently launched the 2008 crossover in the Philippines, and it’s a beautiful crossover that exudes premium at a price that isn’t too hard on the wallet.
As far as crossovers go, Peugeot is an underrated brand, offering buyers a premium experience with French flair. Not a lot of buyers are savvy about Peugeot, but if you appreciate style, comfort, and performance, it’s well worth the price tag. So here are a few reasons why the Peugeot 2008 should be your next purchase if you’re looking for a city car.
Modern and sleek
Peugeot recently updated its entire lineup with a new design language that features an edgier look compared to its predecessor. You see the big cat influence in every panel of the model, especially with the front end’s DRLs that look like the fangs of a saber tooth tiger. On top of that, the vehicle measures in at just 4,300 mm long, 1,770 wide, and 1,550 mm high, which means that it's exceedingly easy to drive and squeeze into tight city streets.
It’s an all-LED affair as well, and it makes for a great look paired with its aggressive rear section that also features LED bars. On top of that, who can say no to the gorgeous colors that Peugeot paints the 2008 with? Available in a variety of quirky or muted colors, there’s something for everyone. In the black and white of the city, you want something that stands out, and you want to be seen. Having a beautifully-designed exterior is already half the battle.
Not your typical interior
Peugeot’s known for a lot of things, and chief of those is the fighter jet-style interior that many fans have come to love. Just like its cars, the interior of a Peugeot has a lot going for it in terms of modern touches and amenities. Instead of your run-of-the-mill steering wheel, you get a hexagonal unit that’s slightly smaller in diameter compared to other wheels. On top of that, the gauge cluster is not your typical TFT panel as it comes with an interesting display instead of the flat panels that we’re all used to. It’s not really a screen, but it’s a holographic projection of your data, which means that the numbers float in the air thanks to some creative engineering.
On top of that, every surface in the 3008 is finished immaculately with quality metal, leather, and plastics. As expected, things are cool to the touch when you actuate switches, and all the places where you rest your arms are covered in leather. For around P1,500,000, the level of refinement is unprecedented and can rival other models from more premium brands. Plus, let’s face it, if you’re going to be stuck in traffic for a long time, might as well be stuck in a car with a gorgeous interior, right?
Delicious turbocharged torque
Turbos have come a long way since they were first put into cars. Nowadays, manufacturers would be questioned if they didn’t put a turbocharger in a car since the technology offers a chance to improve fuel economy while enhancing the driving experience at the same time. The Peugeot 2008 may only come with a 1.2-liter gasoline engine, but it pushes out 130 hp and 230 Nm of torque.
None of that power delivery is muddied as well since the 2008 comes with a traditional six-speed automatic transmission. Not only does this translate to great driving performance in the city, but it will also be a blast to drive on the highways leading out to your next vacation destination.
Cargo space for your trips and more
Even if it is perfect as a city car, it’s not limiting in any way if you need to haul items and other stuff when the situation calls for it. At 434 liters of boot space, the rear is roomy and can accommodate bags, luggage, and other items like groceries. If you feel that you need to take more with you at a given time and won’t be hauling any passengers, the rear seats can fold down and reveal up to 1,400 liters worth of space.
Where else can you get a car this fabulous for a price this low? Peugeot knows how to design a car and make them drive well, so having the 2008 in its lineup can only be a great thing for the brand. We expect quite a few 2008s to roll off the showroom floor and onto Philippine roads due to how affordable it is and its overall package.
The quality that you get with the 2008 is up there with premium brands, and the price that you pay is nowhere near as close. Sure, it’s quite expensive for a subcompact hatchback, but put up against the other cars in the mainstream, it’s a cut above the rest. Your next city car doesn’t have to be drab. If you’re willing to pay a bit of a premium, then the Peugeot 2008’s an amazing deal considering that you get so much out of your P1,550,000.
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