Peugeot 2008

Peugeot 2008 Review

The Peugeot 2008 delivers on style and that all-important raised driving position, but there are more practical small SUVs available

6/10
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This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car

What's good

  • Stylish cabin
  • Reasonably big boot
  • Good Standard equipment

What's not so good

  • Cramped for rear passengers
  • Dated infotainment system
  • Odd driving position

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Overall verdict

The Peugeot 2008 delivers on style and that all-important raised driving position, but there are more practical small SUVs available

The Peugeot 2008 will appeal to anybody on the hunt for a higher driving position and increased practicality over the traditional small hatchbacks. Compared with alternatives such as the Suzuki Vitara and Honda HR-V the 2008 is more comfortable and comes with a more stylish interior design.

The Peugeot 2008 went on sale in 2013, but got a refresh in 2017, where its bumpers were redesigned and its grille was made black. Peugeot also added an automatic gearbox option to the 1.2 petrol model.

Unfortunately Peugeot’s uniquely tiny steering wheel remains, however, and so do the 2008s quirky dials located up near the windscreen. As such, the dials are quite hard to see through the steering wheel, but at least everything is more interesting to look at than in an HR-V or Vitara.

That said, the Peugeot 2008’s seats aren’t as supportive as those in an HR-V or Vitara and they don’t come with lumbar support (even as an option) to keep lower back pain at bay on long journeys.

There isn’t any better news in back seats. Because the rear doors don’t open particularly wide so hauling bulky child seats in and out becomes a chore, while head room in the back for tall adults isn’t great. That’s made worse on models with a panoramic sunroof, because it eats into the space.

With 410 litres of space, the 2008’s boot is more positive. Ok so a Honda HR-V’s boot has slightly more litres of space on paper, but the 2008 with happily swallow a pushchair and some large soft bags, although a week away will require more tetris-like packing.

It’s best to think of the Peugeot 2008 as a Peugeot 208 small car that’s been jacked up and given a bit more practicality, but also a higher price

Mat Watson
carwow expert

The range of engines for the 2008 is large and all are reasonably clean and economical. Pick the 110hp petrol model if you spend lots of time driving around town, or the 110hp diesel if you spend more time on the motorway. You can get an automatic gearbox instead of the standard manual but only with 110hp petrol cars.

In all its guises the Peugeot 2008 is easy and comfortable to drive. It’s modest dimensions and light controls make it easy to thread through traffic in urban environments and it deals with lumps and bumps in town pretty well for a small SUV. It’s definitely worth considering if you want a small SUV that’ll help your kids nod off in the back.

It’ll keep you and your family safe too: it earned an impressive five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP back in 2013.The tests have been made stricter recently so newer five-star-rated cars such as the Vitara and HR-V will provide a little extra protection, but the Peugeot 2008’s funky interior and cheap-to-run engines mean it’s still worth putting on your shopping list.

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What's it like inside?

Plenty of soft plastics make the Peugeot 2008’s cabin feel more upmarket than its price would suggest, but its odd instrument layout and small steering wheel can take some getting used to

Peugeot calls the 2008’s combination of raised dials and small steering wheel its i-Cockpit design, but If you’re very tall It might as well be called the i-can’t-see-the-speedo

Mat Watson
carwow expert

How practical is it?

You won’t have any complaints about the boot space, but it’s not hard to find alternatives that have more room for your passengers

Who on earth thought it was a good idea to have no adjustable lumbar support available in a 2008? What a pain!

Mat Watson
carwow expert
Boot (seats up)
360 litres
Boot (seats down)
1,194 litres

It’s easy to get comfortable in the Peugeot 2008 thanks to its height-adjustable driver’s seat and moveable steering wheel but you may find its rim obscures the lower edge of the dials. This will depend on how you prefer to sit and won’t necessarily be a problem for everyone.

More annoying is the fact that you can’t get adjustable lumbar support on any 2008. You may find you get a bit of back ache on long drives as a result.

The panoramic glass roof in top-spec GT Line cars cuts into front headroom slightly but you’ll only notice the difference if you’re very tall. It’s much more of a problem in the back seats – anyone over six-foot tall will struggle for headroom in these range-topping models.

Try to carry three adults side-by-side in the back and things get even more cramped. There’s just about enough space for your passengers’ knees but there’s very little shoulder room and the large lump in the rear floor leaves your middle passenger without much space for their feet. If you plan to carry three adults in the back you’ll want to consider the roomier Suzuki Vitara instead.

Sadly, things don’t really improve when it comes to fitting a child seat. The Peugeot 2008‘s rather narrow rear doors make it difficult to lift in a seat base and the Isofix anchor points are hidden under the thick seat padding.

The Peugeot 2008 dimensions might not be the best for carrying passengers, but at least you get a few handy storage pockets to keep its cabin looking tidy. Both front door bins are big enough to hold a 1.5 and a two-litre bottle each and there’s space behind the handbrake for a fifth large bottle and room to keep your phone tucked safely out of sight.

The rear door bins aren’t quite as big as those in the front but there’s still room for a one-litre bottle on each side. Unfortunately, a folding front armrest will set you back an extra £110 – even in top-spec GT Line versions – and you can’t get a folding rear armrest on any model in the 2008 range.

With all five seats in place, the Peugeot 2008’s 410-litre boot can’t quite match the HR-V’s 448-litre load bay but it’s still significantly larger than the Vitara’s 375-litre boot.

It’s easily big enough to carry a baby buggy and some soft bags or four suitcases without removing the parcel shelf. The load height is quite low and there’s no annoying boot lip to worry about so it’s easy to slide in heavy boxes.

The standard-fit spare wheel means there isn’t any space under the floor to hide valuables out of sight but you do get a few elasticated straps and a netted cubby to stop small items rolling around.

The back seats fold down separately in a two-way (60:40) split so you can carry some long luggage and a rear-seat passenger at once. With both seats folded flat the Peugeot 2008’s boot grows to 1,400 litres – that’s some 133 litres shy of the HR-V but a massive 240 litres more than the Vitara.

The Peugeot 2008‘s boot floor is completely flat so it’s easy to slide heavy luggage right up behind the front seats. There’s even enough space to carry a bike without having to remove its wheels and there’s a metal scuff plate above the rear bumper so you won’t scratch the paintwork during trips to the tip.

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What's it like to drive?

Comfortable and mostly quiet

The Peugeot 2008 is more comfortable over rutted roads than most small SUVs but its entry-level petrol and diesel engines feel wheezy at best and struggle to keep up with motorway traffic

Unlike some SUVs, the 2008 doesn’t try to be sporty – instead it focuses on being as comfortable and relaxing as a high-riding small family car can be

Mat Watson
carwow expert

Pick the 110hp petrol if you plan to spend most of the time pottering in your Peugeot 2008 around town. It’s perkier than the rather weedy 83hp model, cheaper than the more powerful 130hp version and much smoother than any of the diesels. Peugeot claims it’ll return 58.9mpg but you can expect to see a figure in the low fifties in normal driving conditions.

If you do lots of motorway miles you’ll want to consider one of the two 1.5-litre diesel models instead. These come in 102hp and 120hp outputs and both return a claimed 70.6mpg – although you’ll probably manage around 60mpg in normal driving conditions. The 102hp version is a little sluggish at motorway speeds, but the 120hp model cruises along quite happily.

Spend lots of time stuck in traffic? You’ll want to consider a Peugeot 2008 automatic instead of the standard manual. It only comes with a 110hp petrol engine and will set you back an extra £1,000 but it’ll really help take the stress out of long drives.

Unlike the Suzuki Vitara, the Peugeot 2008 isn’t available with four-wheel drive. You do get a nifty controller down on the centre console in Allure and GT Line models that adjusts the car’s traction-control settings to help it deal with anything from muddy lanes to snow-covered roads. Sure, it won’t turn the 2008 into a rock-crawling off-road monster but it’s very effective on sand and muddy tracks.

The Peugeot 2008 is taller than most conventional small family cars, so you sit a little higher and get a better view out over the road ahead. The pillars between its doors and windscreen aren’t particularly large so they don’t create many awkward blindspots but the small rear windscreen can make parking a bit tricky.

Fortunately, all but entry-level Peugeot 2008 Active models come with rear parking sensors as standard and you get a reversing camera in top-spec GT Line cars to help make three-point turns a doddle. You can even get a neat system that’ll steer you into parallel parking spaces automatically for £300.

The Peugeot 2008 does a better job of softening bumps and potholes around town than either the Honda or Suzuki and its light steering makes manoeuvring through tight streets a breeze.

It’s a little more roly-poly on twisty country roads than the Vitara but not so much that your passengers will feel car sick. Head out onto a motorway and it’s happy to cruise along comfortably and all models come with cruise control as standard to help make long drives as relaxing as possible. Unfortunately, you’ll hear a little more wind noise in the Peugeot than in the Honda on the motorway.

The Peugeot 2008 earned a five-star safety rating when it was assessed by Euro NCAP back in 2013 but the tests have been made much stricter since then. Fortunately, you can get automatic emergency braking – a system that’ll try to stop the car as quickly as possible if it senses an obstacle ahead – across the range for a little extra peace of mind. It’ll set you back £430 on entry-level Active models and £250 on Allure and GT Line versions but it’s well worth paying for.

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