July 19, 2022 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Isabel N. Delos Reyes

2022 Peugeot 2008 SUV

The Petite Gem

The 2nd generation and freshly facelifted 2022 Peugeot 2008 has no direct equal in our Philippine market. Using the Stellantis-owned EMP1 (PSA Common Modular Platform) chassis and drivetrains shared with the Peugeot 208 II, DS3 Crossback, Opel Mokka, and Opel Corsa. The baby cub is the entry point for the Peugeot model range.

The new Peugeot 2008 may be the smallest model with the lowest retail price in the Philippine-market range but it is far from being a traditional “introductory” model. It is best to look at its very attractive exterior and interior combined with its exemplary standard equipment as a benchmark for how European vehicles should be packaged for our country beginning with their most inexpensive variants.

The 2008 has almost everything that you would desire in a subcompact premium crossover. There is also a fully electrified variant available in other markets named the e-2008 that has a range of over 340 kilometers using a 134 bhp 50 kWh lithium-ion battery that is even quicker than our test unit seen here in Fusion Orange riding on Good Year Assurance Triplemax 2 215/60R17 96H tires. We hope Peugeot Philippines eventually offers the e-2008 too in our market.

Chris Van Hoven has a considerably more expansive review of the 2008 so please watch out for it. This time around, I focused on the dynamic testing of the fabulous 2008. It is a practical, elegant, and versatile 4-seater (it can fit 5, tightly) with remarkable build quality and fit/finish that is also quite an entertaining performer. The suspension can be a little jumpy when pushed hard but under normal driving circumstances, it is a smooth and efficient operator with strong brakes and precise handling.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-3
Displacement 1199 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 12V
Fuel Injector Direct Injection, Intercooled Twin-Scroll Turbo, VVT
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 130 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 170 lb-ft @ 1750-2100 rpm
Transmission 6-Speed AT

Performance

Top Speed 194 km/h (121 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 9.2 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 6.3 L/100 km Overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 1,635,000.00
What's Great Beautiful and intricate facelift, more capacity and standard features than its predecessor, very balanced design/function ratio, energetic, uncommon. Real dual exhaust system. The lone standard bearer for an affordable premium subcompact crossover in our Philippine market.
What's Not So Price. Wish it had the 155 bhp / 177 lb-ft tuning of the GT variant mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox for even better performance and fuel efficiency.
C! Editors Rating 9.5/10
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