Peugeot 2008 vs Citroen C4 Cactus vs Ford EcoSport

Peugeot has revised its 2008 to keep it standing tall with the small crossovers. Can it see off the Ford EcoSport and Citroen C4 Cactus?

Peugeot embraced the small crossover boom when it launched the 2008 in 2013. At the time, it marked a new direction for the brand’s practical small cars, because it essentially replaced the 207 SW small estate.

And it turned out to be a smart move, as the 2008 has proven very popular over the years. However, seeing as the 208 was given a recent facelift, Peugeot has also updated the 2008 with a new family look and revised trim line-up. Is it enough to keep the 2008 near the top of the small crossover pile?

Best crossovers

Is it enough to keep the 2008 near the top of the small crossover pile? To find out, we’ve lined up a pair of very different rivals.

First up is the Ford EcoSport. This car got off to a rough start when it was originally launched, but Ford has given its small crossover a makeover to boost its appeal. Has it done enough to keep up with the latest Peugeot, though?

At the other end of the scale is the Citroen C4 Cactus. It shares some of its running gear with the 2008, but is very different in concept, with clever design touches inside and out, and more hatchback-like dimensions.

Head to head

Practicality

Despite their different dimensions, the Peugeot and Citroen offer similar luggage space, at 360 and 358 litres respectively. Both cars are ahead of the Ford, which provides 355 litres and is harder to access thanks to the side-hinged boot door. Back seat space is tight in the EcoSport, while the C4 has more rear room than the 2008.

Standard kit

The C4 Cactus is £405 cheaper to buy than the 2008, but comes with nav and a reversing camera as standard. While the Ford is cheaper still, adding nav, DAB radio, rear parking sensors and a camera all but eliminates the saving over its rivals here. Plus, it will cost more to run.

Emissions

With CO2 emissions of 95g/km, the Citroen is the cleanest car here, but the 2008 isn’t far behind, at 97g/km. The C4’s lower list price makes it the cheaper company car, while both models are well ahead of the relatively dirty 115g/km Ford.

Verdict

First place: Citroen C4 Cactus

The C4 Cactus manages to inject a shot of quirkiness into the crossover class. The looks won't be to all tastes, but there are no arguments about its efficiency and interior space - which are narrowly better than the 2008's - plus it's fast enough and has plenty of family friendly features on board. Add in a long kit list and a great-value price, and the Citroen is even more appealing.

Second place: Peugeot 2008

While the 2008's looks have been revised, not a lot else has changed. That's no bad thing, as this is one of the better small crossovers on the market thanks to its classy cabin finish, spacious boot and decent kit list. The Grip Control system is a reasonable compromise in place of four-wheel drive, but the higher price tag means the Peugeot comes second here.

Third place: Ford EcoSport

There's no doubt that the EcoSport has been improved, but it's not enough to make it a contender against such accomplished rivals as the Citroen and Peugeot. While the 1.5 TDCi is smooth and the gearbox is good, the car lags behind for driving dynamics, plus the low price can't make up for the shorter kit list and higher running costs you'll have to put up with.

Rivals

Other options in this category...

Renault Captur 1.5 dCi Dynamique S Nav

Price: £18,775 Engine: 1.5-litre 4cyl, 89bhp

Renault Captur - front static

The Captur is well worth a look, as although it can't match the 2008 for quality or performance, it has personalisation on its side, while low running costs are guaranteed. Factor in Renault's strong dealer service and four-year warranty, and it's a genuine contender.

Nissan Juke 1.5 dCi 110 N-Connecta

Price: £19,025 Engine: 1.5-litre 4cyl, 109bhp

Nissan Juke - front static

Nissan's Juke shares its running gear with the Capturm, but it only comes with the higher-powered version of the 1.5 dCi diesel. N-Connecta trim features plenty of kit to justify its higher price, but its looks are divisive and it's not as spacious as the Captur, let alone the 2008.

Facts and figures

 Citroen C4 Cactus BlueHDi 100 FlairPeugeot 2008 BlueHDi 100 AllureFord EcoSport 1.5 TDCi 95 Titanium
On the road price/total as tested£18,460/£19,460£18,865/£20,760£17,595/£19,330
Residual value (after 3yrs/36,000)£8,196/44.4%£8,470/44.9%£8,129/46.2%
Depreciation£10,264£10,395£9,466
Annual tax liability std/higher rate£699/£1,399£715/£1,430£807/£1,614
Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)£1,072/£1,787£1,098/£1,830£1,457/£2,428
Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost18/£785/A/£018/£655/A/£010/£519/C/£30
Servicing costs£400 (3yrs/35k)£13p/m (3y/35k)£340 (2yrs)
    
Length/wheelbase4,157/2,595mm4,159/2,538mm4,017/2,520mm
Height/width1,530/1,729mm1,556/1,739mm1,648/1,765mm
Engine4cyl in-line/1,560cc4cyl in-line/1,560cc4cyl in-line/1,498cc
Peak power/revs99/3,750 bhp/rpm99/3,750 bhp/rpm94/3,750 bhp/rpm
Peak torque/revs254/1,750 Nm/rpm254/1,750 Nm/rpm215/2,000 Nm/rpm
Transmission5-spd man/fwd5-spd man/fwd5-spd man/fwd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel45 litres/£7545 litres/space-saver52 litres/repair kit
Boot capacity (seats up/down)358/1,170 litres360/1,172 litres355/1,238 litres
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight1,068/440/825kg1,160/540/1,270kg1,297/536/690kg
Turning circle10.9 metres10.0 metres10.6 metres
Basic warranty (miles)/recovery3yrs (60,000)/1yr3yrs (unltd)/1yr3yrs (60,000)/1yr
Service intervals/UK dealers16k miles (1yr)/19616k miles (1yr)/30012.5k miles (1yr)/781
Driver Power manufacturer/dealer26th/9th*17th/5th*27th/26th*
Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./stars82/79/80/4 (2014)88/77/72/5 (2013)93/77/58/4 (2013)
    
0-60/30-70mph11.0/10.6 secs10.9/11.0 secs11.9/12.5 secs
30-50mph in 3rd/4th5.1/10.6 secs4.4/7.8 secs5.0/7.2 secs
50-70mph in 5th13.3 secs10.7 secs11.3 secs
Top speed/rpm at 70mph114mph/N/A112mph/2,000rpm99mph/2,500rpm
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph49.6/34.0/8.8m57.1/37.5/10.7m56.0/34.4/8.4m
Noise outside/idle/30/70mph66/48/64/68dB71/46/64/71dB66/50/61/70dB
Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range55.7/12.3/551 miles54.4/12.0/538 miles41.0/9.0/469 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined67.3/85.6/78.5mpg64.2/85.6/76.3mpg58.9/65.7/64.2mpg
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined14.8/18.8/17.3mpl14.1/18.8/16.8mpl13.0/14.5/14.1mpl
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket136/95g/km/19%139/97g/km/19%185/115g/km/23%
    
Airbags/Isofix/park sensors/cameraSix/yes/rear/yesSix/yes/rear/£200Seven/y/£210/£250
Auto gearbox/stability/cruise controlNo/yes/yesNo/yes/yesNo/yes/yes
Climate control/leather/heated seatsYes/£695 (part)/noYes/£750/£150Yes/part/£230
Met paint/panoramic roof/keyless go£495/£425/no£495/£400/no£495/no/yes
Sat-nav/USB/DAB radio/BluetoothYes/yes/yes/yes£450/yes/yes/yes£550/yes/£100/yes

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