Video: Peugeot 2008 review – the alluring French alternative

French cars have a penchant of being… weird. They don’t usually do things the “normal way”, and the all-new Peugeot 2008 is really no different. But in a world dominated by bland, cookie-cutter SUVs, being a little weird is maybe not a bad thing, after all.

Even on its appearance, the Peugeot 2008 is unlike any other compact crossover out in the market. It’s looks angry with the unique lion’s fangs daytime-running lights, yet on a car this size, we can’t help but think of it as an adorable bulldog. At the rear, the intricate Lion’s Claw 3D tail-light design takes the exterior styling up several notches compared to its rivals.

But the most interesting aspect of the Peugeot 2008 is most definitely its interior, thanks to the unique i-Cockpit. The 3D digital instrument cluster is placed visually above the steering wheel, contributing to the latter’s joystick-like feel. Uniqueness aside, though, it’s also well appointed, with everything you’d expect from a car of its class, including automatic climate controls, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, alongside a decent set of advanced driver assist features.

Underneath the bonnet of the Peugeot 2008 is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine, putting out 130 hp and 230 Nm. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox. For those weary of Peugeot’s infamous reputation of being “unreliable”, the French carmaker assures that the new 2008 has endured over 200,000 kilometres of testing in Malaysia’s climate and landscape.

But with all that being said, what did we think of the Peugeot 2008? Watch on to find out.

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