Test Ford Puma, Peugeot 2008, Volkswagen T-Cross: why French comfort isn’t always better

Before leaving, we check the ergonomics of the test trio. In the Ford Puma we see logically placed controls and a generously sized touchscreen with fairly large icons. The tested Volkswagen T-Cross and the Peugeot 2008 are not inferior to this. However, the legibility of the high-placed i-Cockpit in the Peugeot is strongly related to the driver’s posture. If you are unlucky, the instruments are partly hidden behind the wheel. That is not only inconvenient, but also a great pity, because the 3D instruments of the 2008 (extra) provide a true viewing feast.

Ease of entry Peugeot 2008 is disappointing

Many, especially older drivers, want an SUV because of the comfortable entry. Now the ease of entry of the Peugeot 2008 is disappointing. Especially for those who used to be insufficient for gym and who have not become more flexible over the years. The sills of the Peugeot 2008 are so high that you have to lift your legs over them. There goes the typical ease of entry that SUVs are known for. Once you are seated, the button for the backrest adjustment is difficult to reach. But when you have conquered all thresholds, you are finally seated like a king. The Peugeot seats are excellently shaped and feel quite soft.

Nice seats Ford Puma

The sports furniture in the Ford Puma is a lot firmer than that in the Peugeot 2008. The Ford seats offer good support in all directions. In the T-Cross, the sports comfort seats look strict like penalty benches, but they offer a pleasantly firm seating comfort. Especially the good support at shoulder height stands out.

Spring and sound comfort

Once on the road, it is the Peugeot 2008 that pampers its occupants the most. That starts with a pleasantly low noise level. What you do get from engine noises does not sound unpleasant.

Compared to the Ford Puma and Volkswagen T-Cross, the Peugeot 2008 processes unevenness so sensitively that it seems as if the chassis has scanned the road surface beforehand. In addition, the Peugeot hardly matters how fast you drive. With the two German competitors it is a lot less quiet on board. Everyone is shaking their stomachs on short bumps, but not with laughter. With a full load, the Peugeot 2008 shows itself from a completely different side. Then he also hands out heavy blows on ledges and railway crossings. Under those specific conditions, the Puma and T-Cross bounce even more comfortably.

The full test – including all measurement data for consumption, performance and interior dimensions – can be found in Auto Review 6.

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