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2021 Peugeot 2008 pricing and specs detailed: Kia Seltos, Hyundai Kona and Mazda MX-30 rival goes upmarket

The all-new Peugeot 2008 range is over the odds when it comes to pricing, but does it deliver on any other front?

The all-new 2021 Peugeot 2008 has arrived in Australia, and it has set itself up as something of a premium European player in the market, asking considerably more than competitor small SUVs in the class.

The two-strong model range from launch consists of the entry-level Allure model, which is $34,990 (MSRP / before on-road costs), while the top-spec GT Sport version is $43,990 (MSRP). A middle grade GT variant will arrive in 2021.

The pair both run a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, but there are some differences between them. The Allure grade has 96kW of power and 230Nm of torque, and has a six-speed auto and is front-wheel drive (2WD). The GT Sport's retuned engine gets a bigger turbo and better breathing, allowing it 114kW/240Nm, plus it has an eight-speed auto. It's also FWD.

Let's look at the inclusions offered in both grades.

Standard equipment for the Allure includes 17-inch alloy wheels with Bridgestone Dueler tyres, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, cloth trim seats with “leather effects”, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the brand’s new 3D i-cockpit digital dashboard, a 7.0-inch touchscreen media system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB digital radio, a six-speaker stereo, four USB ports (3x USB 2.0, 1x USB C), climate control air-conditioning, push-button start (but not keyless entry), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, auto headlights, auto wipers, a “180-degree” reversing camera and rear parking sensors.

Allure models have hill descent control and a drive mode system with mud, sand, snow and normal driving settings that operate through the brand’s GripControl traction control management system.

The Allure has  cruise control with speed sign recognition, “Active Lane Departure Warning”, and auto emergency braking (AEB) with daytime pedestrian and cyclist detection. No blind-spot or rear cross-traffic alert. 

The more powerful GT Sport variant steps up to 18-inch black alloy wheels, has the ‘lion claw’ signature LED daytime running lights and adaptive LED headlights with auto high beam lights, keyless entry, a two-tone black roof and black mirror caps, and gets distinct drive modes - Eco, Normal and Sport - and paddle shifters.

The GT Sport has Nappa leather-appointed seats, electric driver’s seat adjustment, heated front seats, driver’s massage seat, 3D sat nav, wireless phone charging, a 10.0-inch media screen, ambient lighting, wireless smartphone charging, black headlining, a perforated leather steering wheel, aluminium pedals, stainless steel sill scuff plates, and a few other differentiators. There's an optional electric sunroof at $1990.

The brand’s i-Cockpit is either going to be fine by you, or completely unacceptable. (GT Sport model shown) The brand’s i-Cockpit is either going to be fine by you, or completely unacceptable. (GT Sport model shown)

Safety tech takes a step up in the GT Sport, which has a more advanced AEB system with day/night pedestrian and cyclist detection, active lane keeping assistance, blind-spot monitoring and front and rear parking sensors.

If you're wondering what the competitor small SUV models start at price-wise, here's a run-down: Kia Seltos - $25,990; Toyota Yaris Cross - $26,990; Skoda Kamiq - $26,990; VW T-Cross - $27,990; Nissan Juke - $27,990; Mazda CX-30 - $28,990; Ford Puma - $29,990; Toyota C-HR - $30,915. 

The GT Sport could be considered a competitor to: Audi Q2 35 TFSI - $41,950; Mini Countryman Cooper - $42,200; the VW T-Roc 140TSI Sport - $40,490; and the Kia Seltos GT Line - $41,400.

The Peugeot 2008 is expected to arrive in stock in early December 2020. Stay tuned for more.

2021 Peugeot 2008 pricing (MSRP):

Allure 1.2 turbo 6-spd auto FWD$35,990
GT Sport 1.2 turbo 8-spd auto FWD$43,990