Peugeot 2008 reveals fangs in the GT PACK version
Peugeot's 2008 family is no longer young, but in a hungry market for small crossovers you can always sharpen your nails and stick it in another niche, even if the price is very peppery.
Tuesday, 05 July 2022, 07:30 Updated: 07:36
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The stripes along the grill?
This is the GT or GT PACK version (Photo: Keinan Cohen)
In the previous comparative test we conducted for the group of small crossovers, the 2008 stood out thanks to a combination of comfort, behavior and its cabin.
It is true that in the end the one who went home with the trophy was a Renault Capture due to more points on the form, but the choice of testers if they had to take one home was in the lion cub.
Even with those accomplishments he lacked one key thing to close the corner as the choice of our hearts - he was a little too weak to allow the engine to be a fitting match to his potential.
But Peugeot has another version, a bit hidden to the tools between no less than 7 versions of this model, if you count the diesel and electricity as well.
It's called the GT and it comes with a reinforced version of the 1.2-liter engine that produces 155 horses.
There is really no way to get both a good driving position and an observation of the dashboard (Photo: Keinan Cohen)
In its external appearance the two most prominent features are the grille where the grooves are longitudinal and not lateral, this makes the lion's' muzzle appear larger and the second feature is LED lighting in a different design consisting of three vertical stripes alongside the central lighting.
In the dark, when they connect to the elongated headlights in the front bumper get the full show.
The cabin brings everything we loved and disliked in 2008.
Along with a very good quality of materials and a design that still looks fresh and the mouth also comes with a combination of textures, colors, upholstery combined with fabric, Alcantara and imitation leather, a panoramic roof and more.
And what we liked less was the confusing arrangement of the "piano" buttons on the center console alongside the touch buttons and of course the impossible arrangement of the non-round steering wheel that would always obscure part of the dashboard.
The seats in this version are excellent even after hundreds of kilometers (Photo: Keinan Cohen)
Beyond the rich comfort equipment, the safety package that is already excellent at the 2008 base also comes here with automatic light control, "dead zone" vehicle warning, automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure correction including lane center maintenance, road sign detection and speed adjustment In cruise control and more.
The space in front and behind is good, although for those sitting there the quality of the materials is less than flattering and they suffer from a limited window area on the exterior design altar.
But today children anyway do not look outside but inside their mobiles, and for that they have two charging sockets.
No, you should not put a third child there.
Standard trunk 405 liters, lighting, two heights to the trunk floor and compartments on the sides.
Its advantage is a low and comfortable loading threshold and a wide opening that makes loading easier.
The space is fine, the size of the windows is not really (Photo: Keinan Cohen)
The engine in the GT PACK is basically the same 1.2-liter engine you will find in all petrol versions of the 2008.
Three cylinders are supercharged, but here he tries harder and puts out 155 horses and 24.4 kg (130 hp and 23.4 kg in others). Since the weight is the same and stands at 1,280 kg the result is a more agile car, not something to gain You have money in the street racing underground, so everything is 8.1 seconds per 100 compared to 8.8 in the 130 hp versions. "You can keep stepping on the pedal until tomorrow, I will not drive faster than that."
And this character connects to a very fast and precise steering wheel which in turn moves a tight chassis that rests on shock absorbers and suspensions that know how to absorb energy when the body rests on them in turns and know how to release it restrained in changes of direction.
Suddenly you get a car here that unlike most of its friends will really be something that at will can tickle that muscle of driving fun, even in a crossover.
The 18-inch rims require a real sacrifice in dampening small disturbances (Photo: Keinan Cohen)
In the ride comfort section, it registers fairly good noise insulation and its shock absorbers get very good scores on damping waves, bumps and disturbances.
It is at exactly the point where crossing over asphalt battalions is swallowed up in a slight oscillation but without excessive oscillations.
The points he loses comfortably are related to the 55-inch tires on the 18-inch rim that do not really take part in the absorption of the small disturbances.
Except for the look, it would have lost nothing if it had gone down to the 17-inch rims in the 60-section of the other versions.
At the end of the test days and after a very few kilometers in testing the fuel consumption in these driving conditions, the 2008 GT PACK recorded an average of 13 km per liter.
Not a figure that records new chapters in the days of the savings days, but overall it is reasonable to avoid a small turbo that works hard to produce a rate under load.
The exterior design has a price the size of the windows (Photo: Keinan Cohen)
Yes, 160,000 shekels for a small crossover is an amount that can definitely cause discomfort and it is even more subtle.
Officially, on paper for those looking for a small Jeep with a lot of horses, the Seat Arona also has the FR version with the 1.5 and 150 hp engine and the Mazda the CX3 with a 2.0 liter 156 hp engine.
Both are cheaper than it and also less equipped.
But here we need to explain the mechanism behind buying the car today, the one that is done in a spread of 36 payments at best.
In this case, when the gap between the GT PACK and the level below it in the GT price list with 130 hp is NIS 7,000, that is - a gap of NIS 194 per month - without a few people it is easy to make this transition. In addition, it turns out that the more expensive versions of the -2008 is actually in demand when its three most expensive (including the very expensive tram) make up about one-fifth of the model's sales.
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So 160,000 shekels is a lot of money for 2008, all of 2008. We can not see a situation where we send someone with a recommendation for this specific model and we can assume that even the importer does not plan to see this car become a bestseller, not of the model, not of the brand And not of the category.
This is just another submission offer for a product that is familiar to those who are looking for their best, in this case on the other side of the price tag also stands a successful vehicle.
This time the model also has a punch under the hood (Photo: Keinan Cohen)
On the technical side: Peugeot 2008 GT PACK
power / rpm (hp):
5,500 / 155
torque / rpm:
1,750 / 24.4
automatic, 8 gears
208 km / h
Fuel consumption (test):
13 km per liter
Mazda CX3, Seat Arona, Renault Capture, Suzuki Vitara
160 thousand shekels