Peugeot 2008 review
The Peugeot 2008 is a stylish rival to the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur - but it's not that fun to drive
The Peugeot 2008 is one of the newer additions to the compact crossover class that now includes models like the Nissan Juke and Vauxhall Mokka. It takes the 208 supermini as its base, sharing engines and many of the interior components. It's front-wheel drive only and all variants weigh just over a tonne, so as a result fuel economy is as high as 74.3mpg in the 1.6-litre e-HDi 92 model. There's a hint of 208 in the styling, but the 2008 is both wider and longer, as well as riding 96mm higher. Peugeot is hoping to draw buyers away from cars like the Juke, but it's also worth looking at the 2008 if you're thinking about buying a 208 – Peugeot says the price gap between the two models is only about £800.
Our choice: 2008 1.6 e-HDi 92 Allure
The Peugeot 2008 is clearly inspired by the 208, featuring the same stylish swept-back headlights, bold chome grille and defined creases. A set of roof rails come as standard, while the slightly squared off wheelarches and rugged cladding help lend the 2008 a bit of an SUV look. Entry-level Access+ models don't get alloy wheels, nor do they get some of the chrome additions that more expensive models get. Inside it's best to go for Allure trim because then you get stylish blue LED surrounds to the dials and a laser-cut LED pattern in the rooflining. Nevertheless, even cheaper models look classy, with gloss black and satin chrome inserts throughout.
There's a range of eight different engines for buyers to choose from but we'd recommend the 1.6-litre e-HDi diesel – either with 91bhp or 113bhp. Both provide more than enough punch and both are incredibly refined on the motorway – even more so than the 1.6-litre petrol engine, which can sound a little strained. As of early 2014 a three-cylinder turbocharged petrol will replace the 1.6 petrol, improving refinement, performance and emissions. The 2008 rides comfortably, despite a hint of firmness at slow speeds, and handles with a little more verve than you'd expect of a high-riding car. The steering is quick but a little lifeless, meaning the 2008 manages to corner well but lacks a bit of the fun factor.
All Peugeot 2008 models come with six airbags as standard, and the car scored the full five stars in the Euro NCAP crash safety tests, just like the 208 hatchback. It’s a bit early to discuss reliability but the 208 has stood the test of time remarkably well and it’s more than likely the 2008 will perform just as well. Certainly, the interior feels solid enough, with no flimsy stalks or buttons.
Measuring in at 200mm longer than the 208 supermini, the 2008 is a whole lot more practical. The boot is 75 litres larger, at 360 litres, and the back seats are more than spacious enough to seat tall adults. Peugeot has concentrated on making the boot loading lip nice and low, and you really notice it when you’re putting heavy bags in to the back.
The 1.6-litre e-HDi diesel is the most efficient engine in the range, with CO2 emissions of 98g/km and fuel economy of 74.3mpg when combined with the EGC gearbox. Going for the manual pushes fuel economy down to 70.6mpg, no matter whether you pick the 115bhp or 92bhp version. The entry-level 1.4 HDi diesel performs just as well, with an official fuel economy of 70.6mpg. The petrols aren't quite as good, with the 120bhp 1.6 VTi managing 47.9mpg and the 82bhp 1.2 VTi claiming 57.6mpg. Expect the three-cylinder turbo engine, arriving in early 2014 to better both of these figures, while boasting as much as 130bhp.