The new Peugeot 2008 Allure is the next step up from the Active, and it adds plenty of extra gear to justify the higher price tag. This SUV provides a true European driving experience and a genuine alternative to the typical off roader that we’re used to here in Australia. Let’s take a closer look at what the stylish 2008 Allure has to offer.
At a Glance
It’s important to note that the Peugeot 2008 Allure is a front wheel drive SUV only. This will give it some limited soft roading capability, but if you’re looking for a full on off roader, you will need to look elsewhere. This is a classy European SUV that is more at home in an urban, suburban or highway environment. There is plenty of gear onboard, such as: a 7” infotainment touchscreen with satellite navigation, automatic headlights, follow me home lights, LED roof lighting around the sunroof, a sliding electric blind for the sunroof, an auto dimming rear view mirror, a leather trimmed handbrake, front map reading lighting, dual zone climate controls, front sensors, cornering fog lights and extended wheel arch flares.
On the Road
The Peugeot 2008 Allure is the mid range variant of this SUV range, and it’s designed to be a great family drive. At this specification level, the Allure adds a Grip Control system that is designed to improve the front wheel drive traction for slippery surfaces. This system is aligned to match the Goodyear Vector 4Season all weather tyres. Together these provide excellent grip, but the tyres do produce a little cabin noise that may take some getting used to. The tyres are excellent, negotiating deeper potholes is achieved with a fair amount of travel.
The 2008 Allure is a shade under 4.2 metres long, which makes it Peugeot’s smallest SUV by a comfortable margin. This makes navigating through the city a breeze, and this is further enhanced by the excellent steering system. The 2008 Allure feels nimble and light in traffic making it a pleasure to drive. There is a high driving position and plenty of glass to provide plenty of all round visibility. This car is a joy to drive; there is a real sense of agility and winding roads are easy to negotiate. The size is comparable to a Volkswagen Golf and yet there is plenty of stylish cabin space available.
Under the Bonnet
The Allure 2008 has a three cylinder engine that produces an offbeat rhythm that will be unusual for those used to an even cylinder engine. This is paired with the best drivetrain in the small SUV segment and when you consider the low 1,260kg kerb weight it becomes easier to understand the nippy performance. Fuel consumption is a health 4.8L/100km combined, but premium unleaded is a requirement that offsets those fuel savings slightly.