The roof bars and cycle carriers I ordered with the 2008 have been stored indoors this month, giving me a useful back-to-back comparison of their effects on the Peugeot’s economy and refinement.
Average fuel consumption has improved from 50 to 55.3mpg, which should be just enough of an incentive for me to only fit them on the car when I really need them. I’ll certainly always be taking them off before motorway trips, as the slight wind rustle from the Thule carriers around town increases in volume and becomes a real frustration after three or more hours at 70mph, and has me reaching for the stereo’s volume knob.
That’s if the car ever gets to 70mph, as most of my recent motorway trips on the M6 and M1 seem to consist of a nightmare recipe of road works and bumper-to-bumper traffic. At least this shows off one of my favourite features of the 2008, its brilliant stop-start system. I’ve tested hundreds of cars fitted with this technology, and this is right up with the best I’ve tried. It always seems willing to activate (some stop-start systems have so many operating parameters they hardly ever seem to function), starts the engine quickly and quietly, and best of all, cuts the motor as you decelerate below 14mph. This can take a bit of getting used to, but the steering and braking response remains unchanged, and after a while you hardly notice the revs dropping to zero as you approach stationary traffic. It’s a technique worth mastering, as I’ve found (thanks to the handy stop-start timer found in the trip computer) that I can roughly double the time the engine is off during urban journeys.
Another thing I learnt this month is not to choose the panoramic sunroof if you’re more than six-feet tall. At 5ft 11, I’ve had no head room problems, but a taller friend had to recline the front passenger seat to avoid hitting his head every time I went over a bump. Without the panoramic sunroof, the standard single-skin roof liberates a vital extra few centimetres of head space.
I can’t complain about luggage room, which I’ve come nowhere near filling. The closest thing I have to kids are our two cats and pair of rabbits, but the number of times I seem to be ferrying them to the vets for vaccinations and check-ups, I can vouch for the rear seats being ‘family-friendly’. In fact, the whole car seams ideally suited to young families, thanks to its practicality, safety and economy, with a welcome dose of style.
In my first report I mentioned having fond teenage memories for the brand, but for me, Peugeot seemed to lose its mojo around the time the pretty 306 made way for the portly 307. I’m pleased to say I think Peugeot is back on form, with the 208, 2008 and 308 being the best cars it has built for many years. Judging by the numbers of 2008s I’m seeing on the road, it appears the buying public is in agreement.
The stop-start system can cut the engine at speeds below 14mph, doubling the fuel-saving on most of my journeys.
The panoramic sunroof looks great, but it cuts down on headroom, so itís a no-no if you are very tall.
|Date arrived:||3rd March 2014|
|Mileage to date:||5,275 miles|
|Fuel consumption:||70.6mpg (official combined)
55.3mpg (on test)