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The Top Gear car review:Peugeot 2008
What is it like on the road?
Perhaps the biggest surprise is the way it goes down a road. The VTI version weighs just 1,080kg – a little more than the 208 on which it’s based, but still much less plump than the old 207 – and it’s not particularly tall, so there’s not much slop and sway. The 1.6-litre petrol engine (a less powerful, non-turbo version of the 208 GTi’s) feels lively enough, but go for a 115bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine and things aren’t quite as sweet. It’s 100kg heavier than the petrol and, while it’s stronger, you really do feel the extra mass over the front wheels – whether it’s over speed bumps or through the exciting part of a corner, where it has a tendency to wander wide.
The 2008 is FWD only, though pricier versions come with Grip Control, which uses electronics to divvy up power across the front axle. Even so, it’ll never fully defeat the landscape, and feels like an unnecessary gesture towards its SUV aspirations.