In previous tests, my colleague mentioned the ‘grip control’ function on our 2008 long-termer.
This chunky dial, located near the unusually-shaped handbrake, allows the driver to select one of five modes depending on the type of surface being accessed.
You can choose from normal road mode, mud mode, snow mode, sand mode and ESP off.
It’s not a true four-wheel drive system, instead making use of clever ESP technology, cutting down cost and increasing fuel economy for the 95% of journeys during which you stick to the roads.
While visiting an event in the countryside, I spotted a large muddy puddle and made a beeline for it. The 2008 coped admirably, getting me out of it with ease.
And although this shouldn’t be a reason to go through a puddle, the burnt orange paint job still looks rather good when caked in mud and dirt.
Paired with factory-fit Goodyear Four Seasons all-weather tyres on our Allure trim model, and an increased ride height over its 208 cousin, this all makes the 2008 a very capable car, and a handy companion through the winter months.