A couple of weeks ago we spent a week in the Lincolnshire countryside for our annual camping holiday with the family. We love camping but it commands a lot of stuff; tent and poles, chairs, cool box, ready beds etc. Luckily, to help transport us and all our camping stuff, we borrowed a new sporty Peugeot 2008 GT Line for the week and was able to see how this car would fit into family life.
As I’ve said previously about car reviews, I can’t really go into depth Top Gear style but what I can do is tell you how we used the car during our week away and how we think it would fit into family life.
The new Peugeot 2008 GT Line is a pretty smart motor. It’s classed as a family compact SUV and can seat 5 people (a driver and a passenger in the front and 3 passengers in the back) I really liked the look of the car, it looked sporty with its alloy wheels, panoramic glass roof with electric blind (for when it gets a bit sunny) and leather (easy wipe clean) interior.
The model we had borrowed was a 1.2 turbo engine so when you put your foot down, it really did move quickly. It has six gears and whilst driving the car, it had clever sensors telling you when to change gear. This was displayed on a panel in the front dashboard (above the steering wheel) along with a digital speedometer and any visual guides from the satellite navigation system. The car also had tyre pressure sensors which I think is a brilliant feature.
In the centre of the dashboard was the 7″ multifunctional colour touchscreen which had various options to help you whilst driving the car. We really loved this gadget in the car, it was so helpful. It had a satellite navigation system, DAB digital radio, Apple CarPlay, MirrorScreen, Telephone and Bluetooth.
We found the satellite navigation system really useful and it was invaluable during our week in the countryside. You could key in the street destination or town and it would give you a list of options to choose from. It didn’t recognise postal codes but that wasn’t really an issue.
One of our favourite features was the speed indicator on the map as it told you what the speed limit of the road was. This was really useful on some of the B roads in Lincolnshire as there are literally no signs at all telling you what the limit is. The sat nav also told you the height above sea level and indications in full colour.
You could even connect to your phone’s internet connection in the car using Bluetooth and can browse the net (this is obviously a great feature for front seat passengers but not sure how this would benefit the driver in all honesty!)
Our favourite family-friendly features
The Peugeot 2008 is packed with lots of helpful features which make it a really lovely family car. Our favourites were
- Automatic door locks feature when the car is moving
- Ability to turn on the child locks for the passenger doors simply by pressing a button, it was so easy.
- The travelling speed was indicated on the small panel in the dashboard above the steering wheel
- Automatic headlights when it gets dark (no faffing with indicators, buttons or levers)
- Heads up sat nav in the dashboard above the steering wheel which kept your eyes on the road and not towards the touchscreen in the middle of the car.
- Ability to turn off the airbag on the front passenger seat. We kept this on during our week but there may be occasions where this is needed by families and it is so simple to activate.
- Active City Brake – the car is super clever and can stop/ reduce the car’s movement when it thinks there’s potential for an accident in front. The camera mounted high on the windscreen can sense if the car is rolling into the back of another car when driving in traffic and will automatically apply the brakes for you. Luckily, we didn’t need this feature but it gives peace of mind knowing it’s there.
- ISOFIX compatibility – you can easily fit a child’s car seat into the ISOFIX points in the car
- Cruise control – easy to use and can be set using the steering wheel mounted indication bars.
- Reversing camera – when the car is put into reversing gear, the rear view camera picture is shown on the touchscreen. This is such a clever feature and one we are already missing. It’s ideal for parking in tight spaces, parallel parking and to check no children are behind the car.
One of the features we really appreciated during our week away was the panoramic glass roof which enabled me to take this photograph with my camera phone. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight was flying about above and without the glass roof we probably would have missed it.
Overall the car served us well. It was a beautiful car to drive, really easy with swift gear changes and sensitive brakes meant you only needed to brush the brake slowly before slowing down.
We really loved all the features in the Peugeot 2008. It was clever, very smart looking and was a dream to drive. However for us there were a few things that we weren’t too keen on.
- The boot and general space in the car is relatively small and we couldn’t fit everything we needed for our trip into the car.
- I don’t think you’d be able to fit 3 children’s car seats in the back of the car. Two definitely but three would be a definite struggle.
- I felt quite claustraphobic in the car and was glad of the glass roof. I’d definitely recommend a glass roof option if you’re considering this car.
We had a fantastic week using the Peugeot 2008 and now we really do have some thinking to do when comparing the Peugeot 2008 with the Vauxhall Mokka for our next family car.
Disclosure: We borrowed the Peugeot 2008 car to review for the purpose of this blog post. All words and images are my own.