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Peugeot 2008 SUV

Peugeot Australia repositioned their small 2008 SUV this week after dismal sales last year of just 359 sales in an SUV segment that is clearly on fire. The reason was a poor combination of drive trains in an SUV market that clearly favours petrol automatics. The Peugeot 2008 now comes as a 1.2-litre three- cylinder all-alloy turbo engine linked at last to an all new six-speed automatic. Three 2008 models- the Active at $26,490, the Allure at $30,990 and the sportier GT-Line at $32,990. It’s not always easy for French car importers to get the right specification for our market – the small volumes in our market mean its not always feasible for the manufacturer to meet the local brief. However Peugeot Aust appear to have a win with this latest 2008 update. The styling with a bolder more masculine front is appealing with a cabin that roomy, practical and with nice touches the French do well. Not the most affordable small SUV but appealing in many ways. Importantly, the Peugeot is well packaged – all models with standard Apple CarPlay, cruise control with a speed limiter, parking sensors fore and aft, 16-inch alloy wheels, a cooled centre console, a rear view camera and for a limited time a five-year warranty. Peugeot suggest a combined city/country fuel cycle of 4.8l/100 however it does require premium 95 RON fuel. High points are cabin versatility with some well thought out inclusions for a small family – the three cylinder engine a gem – all in all a much improved Peugeot SUV . I’m David Berthon

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