The Peugeot 2008 is a chunky looking small family SUV with a high driving position, but it’s not quite as practical as some alternatives
If you want a small, practical SUV with a high driving position that helps you see over other cars then it’s worth checking out the all-new Peugeot 2008. It’s more comfortable than the likes of the Honda HR-V and Suzuki Vitara and comes with a funky interior.
The new Peugeot 2008 first went on sale in 2013 and was updated in early 2017 with some redesigned bumpers and a new black grille. You can also now get a 2008 automatic, paired with a 1.2-litre petrol engine.
Its small steering wheel and high-mounted instruments tucked right up by the windscreen remain however – and you may find the wheel obscures your view of the instrument binnacle. That said, this funky layout certainly makes the Peugeot’s cabin look smarter than either the HR-V or Vitara.
Unfortunately, the Peugeot’s front seats aren’t quite as roomy as the Vitara and you can’t get adjustable lumbar support to help stave off back ache on long drives like in the HR-V.
Things don’t get much better in the back. The narrow rear doors make fitting a bulky child seat a pain and headroom is uncomfortably tight for anyone over six-foot tall – especially in top-spec GT Line cars with their panoramic glass roofs.
Thankfully, the Peugeot’s 410-litre boot helps it claw back some points. Sure, it’s not quite as spacious as the Honda’s 448-litre load bay, but with five seats in place the 2008’s bootspace is generous enough to carry a baby stroller and some large soft bags, although you may have to get inventive with your packing for a week away.
You can almost think of the 2008 as a plus-size small family car – it comes with an eye-catching interior, a decent-sized boot and an all-important raised driving position
Wherever you plan to take your 2008, you’ll appreciate its economical engine choices. Pick the 110hp petrol model if you spend lots of time driving around town, or the 110hp diesel if you do lots of motorway miles. You can get a £1,000 automatic gearbox instead of the standard manual but only with 110hp petrol cars.
Even with the manual gearbox, the Peugeot is comfortable and easy to drive. Its controls are light so it’s easy to manoeuvre around town and its suspension helps iron out large bumps and potholes better than the Suzuki or Honda. 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 2008’s funky interior and cheap-to-run engines mean it’s still worth putting on your shopping list.