The Peugeot 2008 has been refreshed for the Mzansi market, some 4 years after it first launched in this country. Peugeot released the 2008 as a response to the growing demand for sub-compact SUVs and crossovers. Now some midlife nips and tucks have been approved and ready to be seen (and test-driven) at your nearest Peugeot dealership.

Exterior styling remains 2008 as we know it, but some changes have been effected, including a new fascia, headlights, some detailing and others. The interior also received a facelift, such as the inclusion of the new i-Cockpit infotainment system with a 17.8cm full colour touch screen, Bluetooth, USB and aux connectivity (Peugeot has done away with the CD player).

We haven’t driven the car yet but it looks like the flat-bottomed, multifunction steering wheel still blocks a significant part of the instrument panel, giving the driver a limited view of information. Peugeot has introduced the sporty GT Line trim level to augment the Active and Allure packages. This model becomes the new flagship of the range.

The two engines available are the turbo diesel and the turbo petrol. The petrol is a 1.2-litre motor with 81kW of power, running on a 6-speed automatic transmission. The diesel model is powered by a 1.6-litre HDI that produces 68kW while being paired with a 6-speed manual ‘box.

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