The baby brother of the 2017 European car of the year

Introduction

The crossover cousin to the 208 supermini, the Peugeot 2008 is yet another pseudo-SUV success. It offers a higher seating position and tougher looks within a roughly supermini-sized footprint, for prices that, while they're creeping up, are not so far removed from the small car arena. A recent facelift has ensured it is ageing gracefully.

 

Body Style: Crossover         Seats: 5            MRP from £15,765 - £21,635 

 

Did you know? There are several different pronunciations of 2008: the favoured is ‘two double-oh eight’ as other variants sound awkward.

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Verdict: ★★★★★★★★☆☆(7.6/10)

Clever Peugeot replaced the old-shape 208 estate not with another load-lugger, but with a stylish crossover car called the 2008. Still derived from the popular supermini, it was launched back in 2013 as the firm’s entry into the fledgling small crossover sector, and has gone on to be a really strong-seller. It’s easy to see why: it looks good, has an interesting and good-quality interior, drives sweetly and offers some nice engines. Practicality could be better and prices are not as affordable as they once were, but it’s still worth a look.

Design & Exterior

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Interior & Comfort

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Technology & Connectivity

★★★★★★★★★☆ (9/10)

Performance & Handling

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

Safety Features

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Spec & Trim Levels

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Running Costs & Fuel Economy

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

Pricing

★★★★★★☆☆☆ (6/10)

 

2017 Peugeot 2008

We Like

Pretty outside and in

Sweet and cheery to drive

Very well equipped, even in base guise

We Don't Like

Cheapest car now tops £15,000, and prices rise quickly beyond that

Rear space is poor

Insurance groups seem high

 

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Design & Exterior: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

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Peugeot got the balance spot-on when penning the 2008. It’s not too boxy and SUV-like, but not too strait-laced and plain like a normal supermini. It’s a bit higher off the ground, a bit chunkier and beefier, with some sweet 4x4-like styling cues such as a step in the roof, a tough-looking front bumper and black plastic wheelarches to shrug off green-lane brambles (or, more likely, supermarket trolleys).

All models have roof bars and alloy wheels, and all but the basic versions have front and rear scuff plates, LED running lights and LED rear ‘claw’ effect tail lamps. It’s well-proportioned and elegant in that typically Peugeot way – a little more feminine than some other crossover SUVs and all the better for it.

 

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Interior & Comfort: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

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Modern Peugeot builds good interiors, and the 2008 is a decent showcase of this, despite not being in the first flush of youth. When you first step in, two things define it: the tiny steering wheel sitting in your lap and the instrument pack that’s viewed above it – not through it. Peugeot calls this ‘i-Cockpit’, and the low-arm driving position it produces is different to most other crossovers. It takes a bit of getting used to, as does the speed of the steering itself, but settle in and it’s quite a novel detail.

The elegant dash is nicely shaped, with a prominent centre touchscreen on all models. Move up from the base version and you get a smart-looking climate control panel to add further sophistication, while those dash-top instruments themselves look beautiful, particularly at night. Even the rings around them glow.

Practicality

The driving position isn’t ideal. The pedals are a bit close and cramped, and it feels tight for taller drivers unless they slide the seat right back. This swallows up nearly all of the legroom behind, and the rear seat itself isn’t so roomy anyway unless those in the front compromise.

The front seats are comfortable, while the rear benth is a bit flat and shapeless. Headroom is OK, although the panoramic roof of top-spec GT Line trim does reduce it slightly.

Boot space

The 2008 fares well on boot space. With the seats up, 360 litres is only 20 litres shy of a larger Volkswagen Golf. Fold them – a two-thirds/one-third-split rear seat is standard across the range – and it extends to 1,172 litres, which is much more than the supermini norm. The one-touch seat fold system is rather clever, too.

Boot space

Min: 360 litres
Max: 1,172 litres  

 

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Technology & Connectivity: ★★★★★★★★★☆ (9/10)

2017 Peugeot 2008

The 2008 impresses here, particularly since its mid-life upgrade. All models get the seven-inch touchscreen, meaning none is left looking cheap. Even better, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across the range, so even a basic 2008 will hook into your smartphone to bring navigation, audio and a multitude of apps into the car. Needless to say, a USB socket is standard, as is Bluetooth and DAB. Peugeot’s six-speaker stereo is better than the entry-level norm as well.

Sat nav and Peugeot Connect SOS assistance are optional on the two core models and standard on the range-topper, but you don’t really need them if you have an Apple or Android smartphone. Saying that, it’s an affordable £500 option, and perhaps worth it if you want the security of an SOS call button for emergencies.

Another interesting piece of technology is Grip Control, an advanced electronic traction control system that offers five driving modes, accessed via a Land Rover-style ‘terrain response’ dial. It helps the off-road-look 2008 perform better off-road, with settings for snow, mud and sand amongst the options. Combined with grippier tyres, it helps progress when other front-wheel-drive cars may struggle.

 

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Performance & Handling: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

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The 2008 is a light and straightforward car to drive, with low-effort controls and a unique feeling of easy alacrity thanks to its fast steering and small wheel. It’s darty and nimble in town, an effect heightened by the high seating position, which adds to your confidence. The extra travel from its suspension means it rides bumps well, although the advantage is pared back once you start choosing bigger alloy wheel options.

This is no sports car, but it’s stable and confident enough for most, even if the steering lacks feel and feedback. Small Peugeots are usually fun and, despite this being a higher-up crossover-style model, there’s still evidence of good tuning within its chassis.

The base 1.2 PureTech 82 petrol engine doesn't have a turbo and struggles. Much better is the turbocharged 1.2 PureTech 110, which has almost double the engine pulling power at almost half the engine revs. It lugs more like a diesel if you’re lazy with the gears, making it much easier to drive. A 0-62mph time of 9.9 seconds instead of 13.5 seconds shows how much faster it is.

The PureTech 110 petrol is so good, you don’t really need to spend extra on a diesel. If you want even more easy-access shove, avoid the 1.6 BlueHDi 75 and go for the BlueHDi 100, which is economical and punchy. The 1.6 BlueHDi 120 is pricier, but performs as well as you’d expect for an engine normally seen in vehicles from the class above.

Recommended engine: 1.2 PureTech 110 S&S

0-62mph

9.9 seconds

Fuel economy

64.2mpg

Emissions

103g/km

 

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Safety Features: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

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The Peugeot 2008 was assessed by Euro NCAP in 2013. It scored a full five-star rating, with 88% for adult occupant protection and 77% for child protection. By this point, Euro NCAP was becoming more strict with safety assist kit. The 2008 scored 70% here, with standard seatbelt reminder, a speed-limiter device, stability control and rear Isofix mounting points for child car seats.

More recent 2008s have optional active emergency braking, which auto-applies the brakes when it detects an impending low-speed impact. It’s £430 on the standard car and £250 on other models, making it an affordable and invaluable safety aid. Pity it’s not standard on any 2008s, though.

 

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Specs and Trim Levels: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

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Colours

Glance at the colour chart of the 2008 and you may have to rub your eyes: it seems a sea of grey and white. Choices include Bianco White, Pearlescent White, Hurricane Grey, Spriti Grey, Cumulus Grey, Nimbus Grey or Nera Black.

Relief comes from pretty Emerald Blue and Ultimate Red – they’re the two standout colours in an otherwise generic range of hues.

Trim Levels

It’s a line-up of Active, Allure and newer GT Line, and all are well equipped. Even Active has air-con, colour touchscreen infotainment, a leather steering wheel, alloy wheels, cruise control and remote locking. Active adds bigger 17-inch alloys, wheelarch extensions, climate control, rear parking sensors, electric rear windows, auto headlights and wipers, smarter interior trim and the Grip Control traction-enhancing device.

GT Line looks superb. It has black alloy wheels, a black chrome radiator grille and gloss black detailing throughout. Inside, there’s a panoramic glass roof, ambient lighting, aluminium sills and pedals, contrast-stitched GT Line trim and a fancy built-in 3D TomTom sat nav. You also get a reversing camera.

Size and Dimensions

The 2008 is a little longer than the supermini norm, and naturally that bit taller. It’s still manageably narrow, though, and the higher seating position might actually make it easier to drive in town, despite its extra length.

Length

4,159 mm

Width

1,739 mm

Height

1,556 mm

Max towing weight without brake

N/A

 

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Running Costs & Fuel Economy: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

2017 Peugeot 2008

Fuel economy is decent. The non-turbo 1.2 82 engine does 57.6mpg combined, which improves to 64.2mpg for the far more appealing 1.2 110. The 1.6 BlueHDi 100 diesel, meanwhile, can average 80.7mpg and emit 90g/km CO2 – even the sprightly BlueHDi 120 manages 76.3mpg.

You need to watch insurance costs, though. They’re surprisingly high as soon as you add on a more powerful engine: the 1.2 Puretech 82 Allure is insurance group 10, which rockets to group 17 for the 1.2 PureTech 110. Choose carefully if you’re a younger or higher-risk driver.

Reliability and servicing

Servicing is required every 18,000 miles and Peugeot offers an all-inclusive Optiway service plan for £12.99 a month over three years and 35,000 miles. This covers all servicing costs and also inflation-proofs you against price rises. Plan to cover more miles? Take up to five years’ cover for 55,000 miles at £13.99 a month.

 

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Pricing: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)

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Prices represent a bit of a step-up over a regular supermini. The entry point is not far shy of £16,000, which is enough to get you into some larger family hatchbacks. The desirable PureTech 110 engine in best-all-round Allure trim is another significant jump up, to more than £18,500. An Allure diesel costs from £19,500.

The GT Line looks good, but costs from almost £20,000 – even with an entry-level PureTech 110 engine. Take a top-spec diesel and the price is north of  £21,500. And you could get the larger Peugeot 3008 for that. The 2008 is able and well-equipped, but it does look rather expensive.

 

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Recommendations

Cost Conscious

1.2 PureTech 82 Active – if you’re not so fussed about engine power, Active trim is well-stocked and significantly cheaper than any other 2008.

Trend Setter

GT Line – this new spec level looks really good, particularly if you take it in rich, Ultimate Red paint.

Tech Junkie

Allure – smartphone-compatible infotainment and lots of electronic goodies, plus an ingenious laser-cut headlining with ambient lighting.

Rivals

Renault Captur

Renault’s ultra-popular Captur is Europe’s best-selling crossover. It’s a top all-rounder that has recently been facelifted.

Vauxhall Mokka X

The Vauxhall isn’t the most inspiring car to drive, but it looks good, particularly in facelifted X guise – and sells well as a result.

Nissan Juke

The trend-setter that started the small crossover craze, the Juke still looks unlike any other car and remains very popular.

Mini Countryman

The 2008 isn’t cheap – you might be surprised to discover how close the trendier Mini Countryman is on price.

Honda HR-V

Classy and upstanding crossover with all the reassurance of Honda engineering and the marque’s superb dealers. 

What others say

Auto Express

“The updated Peugeot 2008 is a supermini-based compact crossover that has a premium feel.”

Car Buyer

“The Peugeot 2008 crossover is a practical small family car, with an innovative interior design and low running costs.”

 

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