Plenty of soft plastics make the 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
The Peugeot 2008’s cabin feels much more upmarket than what you’ll find in a Suzuki Vitara or Renault Captur. Even entry-level models come with plenty of soft plastics dotted around the interior and the metal door handles look like they’ve been lifted straight from a premium SUV.
Sadly, it’s not all good news. The steering wheel can obscure your view of the dials and there’s a huge slab of brittle, scratchy plastic across the dashboard. The Honda HR-V’s interior feels like it’ll stand up to a few more years of abuse, too.
Fortunately, even entry-level 2008 Active models come with a seven-inch touchscreen display and a leather-trimmed steering wheel to make things feel a bit posher. Step up to a 2008 Allure model and you get all this plus some glossy black trims and LED ambient lighting. There’s also a 2008 Allure Premium model which comes with height adjustment for both front seats, tinted windows and a panoramic glass roof that makes the 2008’s cabin feel even roomier inside.
Really push the boat out for a top-spec 2008 GT Line car and you’ll get the same specs as Allure Premium models, with some extra aluminium trims on the pedals and doors.
You can’t get leather seats in entry-level cars and they’ll set you back £750 and £500 on Allure and GT Line models respectively.
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
All 2008s come with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system mounted high up on the dashboard, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard so you can mirror your smartphone’s satellite-navigation and media streaming apps on the car’s big screen. The display isn’t the sharpest around and it takes a little while to respond to your inputs but its menus are much more logically laid out than in the Honda HR-V.
Besides a physical volume knob for the stereo, almost all the system’s features are controlled through the touchscreen. This can make it a pain to use on the move because you’ll have to take your eyes off the road to make sure you’re prodding the right part of the screen.
Thankfully there’s a set of physical buttons that you can feel for down on the centre console for the heating and air conditioning so at least it’s a doddle to adjust the cabin temperature as you drive along.
Only top-spec 2008 GT Line and Allure Premium models come with satellite navigation as standard – it’s a £500 option on Allure, and Active models. It’s reasonably easy to input a postcode using the on-screen keyboard but you can’t pinch to zoom in on the maps to preview your route.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto let you use your phone’s sat-nav app on the 2008’s screen instead, and you can also easily stream music from your phone through the stereo. If you’re serious about sound quality you might be disappointed to hear you can’t upgrade the Peugeot’s rather basic six-speaker system to a big-name brand like in the Renault Captur.