When this pesky Coronavirus finally goes away and we get a bit of normality back in our lives, we will look back and remember special times, interesting times, irritating times and probably how your car performed during that time.

Was it good? Was it reliable? Was it helpful? And was it even good fun to just drive?

And the answers to all these questions to me was a resounding yes. Because the car I was driving was the Peugeot 2008 SUV.

Ironically Peugeot had brought me their 2008 for a test on a Monday morning. That evening the government brought in the lockdown and Peugeot asked me to keep their car until the flap was over.

So I am now a proud temporary owner of a new French car and I’m enjoying every minute of it. And of course I’m not too sure when it’s going back.

In 2019 Peugeot was named as J.D Power’s most reliable brand and earlier this year their all-new 208 was named European Car of the Year 2020. So all in all things are looking good on the Peugeot front.

Like all Peugeot models the 2008 SUV comes in petrol, diesel and all-electric versions – and they reckon that the electric version might even outsell the diesel model.

Prices start around £20,000 going through to £37,000 for the top model.

I’ve got the 2008 petrol engine with a 1.2-litre three-cylinder unit which is available with 99bhp, 129bhp and 153bhp outputs.

It was launched in February 2020 and was praised highly by Fleet News for its modern and distinctive styling, high-quality interior and the spacious model measures 4.3m long, 1.77m wide and 1.55m high, with a maximum boot capacity of 1,467 litres.

Like the 208 and 2008 SUV feature the latest-generation 3D PEUGEOT i-Cockpit with a compact multifunction steering wheel, a configurable 3D head-up display panel and either a 7” or 10” HD capacitive colour touchscreen. Further aids include Connect SOS and Assistance, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function (depending on trim), Lane Positioning Assist and Mirror Screen® offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There are USB sockets and a USB-C port as well.

Irrespective of your model you will get around 50 miles to the gallon, obviously better with the diesel, and generally about 103g/km CO2. There are four different trims and the car performs pretty well even though I can’t do a long journey because of the government restrictions.

But with all the problems of the Coronavirus new car buyers can buy a new vehicle and access all the latest consumer offers through Peugeot online.

A virtual showroom allows customers to purchase any new vehicle from the comfort of their home using a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Established in 2017, customers using Peugeot’s Buy Online can configure their chosen model, get a competitive part exchange valuation on their current car, personalise their finance and then place an order, which will be delivered as soon as UK Government guidelines allow.

Customers using the Buy Online portal can fully configure their preferred model, choosing: version, powertrain, gearbox, colour and interior, as well as any optional extras to meet their requirements.

After configuring their preferred vehicle, customers can then select and edit their finance, including the deposit, annual mileage and contract length, and see the monthly price update in real time. 

The range of finance options include: Passport; Just Add Fuel – an innovative package which incorporates three years’ insurance, car tax, warranty, roadside assistance & routine servicing in one monthly payment; and outright purchase. 

For further information visit www.peugeot.co.uk/buy-online/

Operating in around 160 countries with more than 10,000 points of sale, Peugeot sold more than 1,450,000 vehicles in 2019. The UK is the third largest market with its UK HQ in Coventry. 

The UK car line-up includes the 108, all-new 208, 308, 508, all-new 2008 SUV, 3008 SUV and 5008 SUV supplemented by people-carriers and a van range that includes the Partner, Expert and Boxer.