Compact SUVs are popular because they give you a high driving position to help see over other cars, and they’re often roomier inside than their lower-riding hatchback counterparts.
They still drive much like hatchbacks and are just as easy on the wallet too. Two of the most popular compact SUVs on sale are the Renault Captur and the Peugeot 2008, so we’ve put them head-to-head to show you how they compare in all the key areas.
There’s no denying that the Clio and 2008 are both good-looking vehicles, but the Renault Captur is more like a bigger version of the Clio – which it is – keeping all the Clio’s distinctive styling cues while only adding black plastic cladding to give it a bit more of an off-road feel. The Peugeot 2008, on the other hand, has gone for the more rugged SUV look with the addition of chrome roof-rails and black body cladding around the entire bottom of the car.
This difference in approaches reflects the way in which you can personalise your car too; the Captur can be customised with a whole host of different colour combinations for the roof, body and door mirrors plus you can buy special packs which add many stickers and strips.
The Peugeot, on the other hand can be ordered with a few customisation kits, but there aren’t as many visual options as the Captur. What the 2008 does offer is nice contrast of the chrome trim dotted around the car with the body colours available which the Captur cannot match.
The Captur is the more traditionally styled of the two, with a normal-sized steering wheel, the dials mounted inside the dashboard in front of the driver and it even comes with a colour touchscreen housed in exactly the place is should be – in the centre of the dashboard.
The 2008 is a little different. It may have the all the controls lined in the centre of the dashboard but the steering wheel is a lot smaller than what most people will be used to, and the dials are mounted on top of the dashboard quite far away from the driver. This might not be a problem for some but many reviews have criticised the fact that the dials become obscured by the top of the steering wheel. The Peugeot’s interior does have a certain charm, however, and isn’t run of the mill by any standards.
The Captur boasts the best range of standard equipment of the two, which includes Bluetooth, air-conditioning, hill-start assist and cruise control. The Peugeot only comes with cruise control and air-conditioning as standard.
Both the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 have a great range of economical engines which are also punchy enough to be entertaining when on the move. The Renault Captur has the slightly more economical units with the cleanest being the 1.5-litre dCI 90 diesel, which emits just 95g/km of CO2 and achieves 76.4mpg on the combined cycle. The cleanest engine in the Peugeot’s line-up isn’t far away, producing 74.3mpg and 98g/km of CO2 – that’s the 92hp 1.6-litre diesel with stop/start technology which comes with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Petrol engines are also extremely good in both cars. The Captur’s greenest petrol engine can achieve 56.5 mpg on the combined cycle but the Peugeot’s can achieve upwards of 10mpg more.
Because the Captur and 2008 are spawned from regular superminis, they aren’t as agile or as entertaining to drive as their smaller compatriots due to the taller bodies and increased weight which leads to increased levels of body roll. However, for what these two cars are, they’re very good to drive: their steering is light, so too are all the controls and they’re both very refined and quiet making them ideal for use on long journeys. Also, because of their raised driving position, they both have excellent levels of visibility.
It must be said that even though they’re both classed as compact SUVs, they’re only available in two-wheel drive only.
Both the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 are practical machines and easily capable of handling the needs of family life. Both cars offer very good levels of space for passengers but the Captur has more interior storage cubbies to put small items in.
The Captur also has the larger boot of the two – 377 litres with the seats in place and 1,235 litres with the seats folded flat. The Peugoet 2008 measures at 350 litres and 1,194 litres respectively. If the 377 litres in the Captur doesn’t sound enough, then you can slide the second row of seats forward a little to boost space to 455 litres.
The Peugeot, however, does have a net covering the boot floor to stop your luggage getting knocked around when on the move.
Which one should I buy?
Tricky one this; at the end of the day it all comes down to your own personal preference. They’re both compact SUVs that combine practicality with memorable French style.
If you look at the aggregated review wowscores we have calculated for them, the Captur scores 7.2/10 compared to the 6.6/10 achieved by the Peugeot – it outscores the 2008 because its slightly more economical slightly more practical choice. However, the Captur is £1,100 more expensive more expensive to buy in the first place and it’s up to you to decide whether the car warrants that extra price premium.
Save money on the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008
To save money on the Renault, just use our Captur configurator to get the UK’s best dealers sending you their offers. Alternatively, built your ideal 2008 with our Peugeot configurator and see if you could save money on the 2008’s list price.