Peugeot suggest their new 2008 SUV is the ‘the next big thing’ in the compact SUV market, with the arrival of the model which is now available in New Zealand in the GT petrol “PureTech” variant. With the outgoing model selling well over a thousand units in New Zealand, the company says the 2008 has proven to be one of their most popular models here, sitting in the second most popular segment in the county.

The new, updated 2008 is available from $44,990+ORC in one spec (2008 GT) and boasts fuel efficiency of 5.6L/100km. The new 2008 GT’s powertrain is the excellent 1.2-litre PureTech 130 engine, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission (EAT8). DriveLife previously reviewed the 2008 in 2020.

Peugeot Commercial Manager Noah Robertson says, “It’s a great time in the market for a car like the new Peugeot 2008 GT Petrol. Ultra-fuel-efficient and low-emission petrol cars like this are very attractive propositions for cost-of-ownership. Combine this with the sensational new head-turning design, and new suite of features, and the new 2008 GT is a top contender for buyers looking for a compact SUV.”

At first glance, the front end stands out with the new Peugeot shield badge and vertical paint-matched tech-grille. The new blacked-out accents, 18″ ‘EVISSA’ Alloy wheels and distinct ‘3-claw’ lion-design LED daytime running lights all add to the fresh design of the 2008.

Standard body paint colour is the new Selenium Grey, with five other colour options available.

New technology includes the “IVI” infotainment system, with wireless phone connectivity and the Peugeot i-Cockpit 3D dashboard. Other features are a new 10” HD touchscreen, voice recognition, a new 360-degree camera, plus conveniences such as the high centre-console with front armrest and smartphone storage compartment with smartphone holder and wireless charger.

The standard interior includes a ‘Dynamic’ front seats with tri-material ‘Capy’ leather effect, and the new ‘Belomka’ cloth seat trim with Adamite green stitching.

Safety and security features include, Blind Spot Monitoring, Hill Start Assist, Active Emergency Braking (AEB) with night function and pedestrian and cyclist detection, plus adaptive stop & go cruise control.

The Allure Petrol and GT Hybrid 2008 variants are set to arrive in Q2 this year.

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How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.

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