Driven: 2016 Peugeot 2008 Allure PureTech 130 Review
We tested the Peugeot 2008 Allure PureTech 130 for one week and after testing out the car here is what we think about it.
What’s the 2016 Peugeot 2008 Allure PureTech 130 all About?
The Peugeot 2008 took a refresh this year and it has been a great seller for Peugeot as it is simply a small practical car. Updates to the range include a refreshed front look with a new vertical front grille and latest design codes from the Peugeot brand; a new colour to the range Ultimate Red and 4 Best In Class engines to choose from.
The 2008 includes a clever Grip Control system designed to ensure that the compact SUV gets maximum grip on all types of road surfaces. Also the 2008 is also equipped with MirrorScreen, based on MirrorLink and Apple Carplay, along with the reversing camera, Active City Brake and Park Assist. So it’s not a bad package at all. These are a strong round of updates bringing the car right up to the minute.
We tested the Allure spec, sitting one down from the new GT Line top model. The car comes with lots of nice features including 17 inch alloy wheels, LED laser cut headlining, cornering assist fog lights and premium interior trim.
The car has a very clean and bold look about it which makes you forget it takes up only a small footprint on the road. The Peugeot 2008 also comes with a roof rack and plastic cladding around the skirt of the car giving the car the off-road look it deserves.
The 2008 Allure we tested was powered by a 1.2 litre petrol engine that creates 130 hp and 230 Nm of torque. It was matched with a 6-speed manual gearbox putting that power to the front wheels. This means that the car will get from 0 to 60 mph in 9.3 seconds and can do a top speed of 124 mph. The 2008 is able to return a combined economy rating of 58 mpg whilst only putting out 110 g/km of CO2.
How Does it Drive?
Once inside the car you have good visibility all round, the car isn’t too lifted from the road as you may believe it would be sitting in a small SUV. The ride quality of the car is really good. The suspension used does a great job of absorbing the potholes and bumps nicely. The soft suspension doesn’t show any negative body roll and is very comfy on a long run.
The 1.2 litre engine in the car feels like it has lots of power to move about comfortably, it’s a great balance of power and efficiency. Using it with the 6-speed manual gearbox was a great match and the shift was a short cross whilst feeling great in the hand. The gearbox was a pleasure to use but for those preferring automatics one is still available.
Built for the masses means the driving controls are very well balanced to enable the majority of people to enjoy the car on both short and long journeys and not feel tiresome.
The 2008 now includes Grip Control. This is a system with 5 different settings; normal, snow, off-road, sand, and ESP off. This changes how the wheels are controlled to optimise the car for maximum go, whatever the weather.
What’s it Like Inside?
The whole interior of the 2008 feels very spacious and for me is one of the primary reasons that helped me understand why so many people choose to buy the car. The practicality of the passenger space and luggage space of the car is near perfect for its size.
Inside the 2008 it is a very nice place to be. This Allure trim car had a laser cut headlining that was lit by LED lights which you don’t see on any other cars around at the moment and creates a nice atmosphere for the passengers at night.
The quality of LED light inside the car is very good. The dials on the dash, the foot wells and interior lights all work well. This gives an extra touch of quality to the car that some manufacturers often overlook.
There is also a very clever integrated 7 inch multi-function touch screen that controls everything you need to from one pane and really lights up the interior. Plugging in the iPhone opens up Apple CarPlay, giving your car functionality from your phone. This is the future of car infotainment.
The updates to the 2016 Peugeot 2008 Allure in my opinion have taken great steps towards improving this with both the face lift body changes and interior update. The car is very practical and very economical which really makes it easier to live with on a day-to-day basis.
I spent one week testing this car out, this allowed me to recognise where it fits in, it strikes a good balance of size and practicality, the mpg is great in all engine variants with the 1.2 litre being my pick of the bunch, and the level of tech and comfort is good. Now with the inclusion of Grip Control the 2008 is ready for everything the weather can throw at it without an expensive 4×4 drivetrain to maintain.
2016 Peugeot 2008 Allure
- Engine: 1.2-LitrePureTech
- Power: 130 hp
- Torque: 230Nm
- Transmission: 6 Speed Manual
- 0-62mph: 9.3 seconds
- Top speed: 124 mph
- Economy: 58 mpg
- CO2: 110 g/km
Author: Paul Hadley