- High-class interior
- Impressive standard kit
- Efficient engines
- Not much fun to drive
- Unrefined at higher speeds
- Not as spacious as some rivals
Compact SUV is classy, but not a class-leader
The Peugeot 2008, first introduced in 2013 to replace the outgoing 207 SW, is the French manufacturers compact SUV offering. Increasingly popular amongst small family buyers, compact SUVs offer great practicality, safety, and flexibility. The 2008 finds itself in competition with some pretty impressive competitors- the Renault Captur, Citroen C3 Cactus, and Nissan Juke are all hugely popular in the UK. Nevertheless, the 2008 offers decent space, an impressive interior, good levels of standard equipment, and efficient engines, all of which make it a solid family package.
Impressive interior and good storage space
One area in which the 2008 really stands apart from its rivals is in its interior. No other car in its class can match the impeccable design of the 2008, nor the quality. There’s also a good sized boot, and impressive standard equipment.
The dashboard of the 2008 is not only one of the finest designs currently available in a production car, it’s also incredibly well built. Few cars offer a cabin quite as contemporary as the 2008, and there’s plenty of high-class soft-touch plastics to compliment it. Chrome flashes across the dash finish things off, whilst controls are well-damped and simple. It really is an impressive package, and it’s hard to imagine that any buyer would be disappointed.
Space wise, the 2008 isn’t quite so impressive, but there’s still plenty of practical, useable space. With a 360 litre boot capacity, it’s bigger than the Nissan Juke (354 litres), the Kia Soul (354 litres), but smaller than the Renault Captur (377 litres). There’s enough room for most small family needs, and you can fit in a good sized family shop, a pram, or a couple of medium suitcases in without too much of a fuss.
Spec levels in the 2008 are equally impressive. The entry-level Active trim comes with a lot of kit. You’ll get air-con, cruise control, alloy wheels, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a touchscreen infotainment centre, that features USB connectivity, Bluetooth, and a DAB digital radio. Most families won’t need more kit than this, so it offers great value for money.
Overall the inside of the 2008 is an incredibly well thought out, well-designed package. Interior quality and design is class-leading, there’s a solid amount of storage space, and equipment levels are generous.
Solid around town, but not much else
The Peugeot 2008 is not a fun car to drive. It’s pretty good around town, and the light steering makes easy work of tight parking spaces and weaving in and out of traffic. Get it on a country road though and things start to fall apart. There’s very little in the way of steering feedback at high speeds, which makes it not the most comfortable car to throw into a corner. It’s not a car that inspires much confidence, so it’s better to take things steady.
Ride refinement in the 2008 is also quite disappointing. There’s a lot of body roll going into the corners, this is despite the stiffness of the suspension. What the stiff suspension does do though is make the 2008 jumpy over rough surfaces and potholes, particularly on higher spec models with big wheels. Road and wind noise are thankfully not too bad, but it’s not a car that you’d want to drive on regular long-distance motorway journeys.
Gearbox options in the 2008 come in three guises. Entry-level models come with a 5-speed manual, that’s decent around town, but not much use on motorway journeys. The most common transmission in the range is the six-speed manual, which is more flexible, and makes long motorway journeys more bearable. An automatic gearbox is optional throughout the range, but isn’t particularly impressive.
Good range of eco-friendly, efficient engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your 2008, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. Fuel efficiency and CO2 levels are impressive throughout the range, and whilst there’s no performance-orientated version, it’d be unnecessary in a family car.
If it is power that you want from your 2008, the fastest engine in the range is the petrol-powered 1.2 litre PureTech 130. This engine produces 128bhp, and will get you from 0-62mph in just over 9 seconds. That might not look impressive on paper, but it’s more than enough power for it to feel quick in the real world, especially for a family SUV.
Peugeot is a brand that really values environmental issues. Throughout the Peugeot lineup, emissions are kept down to a minimum, and the 2008 is no different. The most eco-friendly engine in the range is the 1.6 BlueHDi 100, which produces just 95g/km of CO2. That’s enough to achieve free road tax, so it’s also an attractive option for money savers. This rings especially true when you consider that this model can achieve up to 78.5mpg. There’s few engines in this class that are quite so economical.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your 2008, you’re going to get an efficient, green engine, that’s at the forefront of engine technology. Entry-level engines don’t quite have the versatility of the higher powered models, but they are more economical.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, decent safety kit
Like nearly every car in its class, the 2008 easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 88% in adult protection, 77% in child protection, and 72% in pedestrian safety, the 2008 isn’t quite up there with the best in the class, but it’s still safe enough to leave your mind at ease. There’s also plenty of standard safety kit, with six airbags, and stability control both featuring.
Good value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Peugeot 2008 represents excellent value for money for family buyers. This obviously varies from model to model, but relatively speaking C02 emissions are low throughout the range, and even the most thirsty petrol engines still return nearly 60mpg. You’re certainly not going to be paying too much to run the 2008 day-to-day.
Insurance cost are also pretty reasonable. This again depends upon which trim and engine size you go for, but you won’t be paying any more than you would do for an equivalent rival. The cheapest model in the range is the Active 1.2 PureTech 82 ECG auto, which is in group 8, whilst the most expensive is the range-topping GT Line 1.6 BlueHDi 120 S&S, which is in group 22.
Depreciation is a factor with the 2008, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Peugeot 2008 is one of many offerings in the compact family SUV market, and it’s a pretty impressive option. It’s far from class-leading, but it still offers safety, a fantastic interior, and efficient engines. It’s not the finest car to drive, especially once you get it out of the city, but it does represent excellent value for money.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.