Peugeot 2008 Allure Premium

The allure of Peugeot’s latest 2008

18 June 2018

THE absurdity and unfairness of the demonising of diesels is illustrated by Peugeot’s 1.6-litre oil-burning engine that removes 99.9 per cent of particulates and 90 per cent of nitrogen oxides.

We were persuaded to switch to diesels by Governments desperate to meet EU targets for reduced levels of carbon dioxide gas, which is a by-product of petrol engines.

Then it was pointed out that some diesel engines were generating harmful particulates instead, so they too were outlawed.

However, in the meantime technology ensured that newer diesel engines emit virtually nothing that is harmful, and certainly a lot less than any petrol equivalents.

Too late. The message simply failed to get through, and last year diesel sales plunged by almost half.

Now it looks as though they could make a comeback with the growing realisation that the newest diesel engines are actually significantly less harmful than petrol engines.

A case in point is the BlueHDi technology that is used in all Peugeots including a new version of the 2008 that emits virtually nothing that is harmful.

It achieves an incredible 75mpg and is on offer alongside a petrol alternative in this latest Allure Premium model that takes the small SUV even more upmarket.

Even its carbon dioxide levels are just 97g/km, making it not only incredibly economical but a clean all-rounder in the process.

The Allure Premium trim level adds about £1,500 worth of additional equipment over Allure trim at a price increase of just £800.

It becomes a permanent range addition and adds a seven-inch colour touchscreen with 3D satellite navigation, voice control and live updates, plus Peugeot Connect SOS & Assistance.

There is also a panoramic glass roof with an electric blind and ambient lighting pus Oxford Black trim and Peugeot’s innovative i-Cockpit with its trademark compact steering wheel trimmed in leather.

On the outside, colour-coded door mirrors and door handles, rear sports spoiler, front and rear scuff plates, wheel arch extensions and roof bars give the car an enhanced presence, whilst incorporating a colour reversing camera and rear parking aid.

The vehicle comes with a choice of two engines; the 1.2L PureTech 82bhp petrol and 1.6L BlueHDi 100bhp diesel. The three-cylinder 1.2L PureTech petrol engine achieves 55mpg economy in comparison to the remarkable 75mpg of the diesel.

The petrol version has carbon dioxide emissions of 114g/km in comparison to just 97g/km for the diesel.

The diesel version also uses Peugeot’s Grip Control system, providing a choice of driving modes comprising Standard, Snow, Mud, Sand and  ESP Off for different surfaces. Using electronic components that are already installed in the car there is no extra weight added and, therefore, no extra fuel consumption, unlike most 4x4s.

The order book opens this weekend, with the petrol version costing £18,645, and the diesel weighing in at £21,155.