Peugeot 2008 (2013-2020) review
The Peugeot 2008 is a small SUV that offers upmarket practicality and good value for money
The Peugeot 2008 is a fairly conventional model in the booming small crossover market. With its blend of style, equipment and low running costs, the 2008 is a desirable alternative to conventional hatchback models. It also delivers a comfortable driving experience, is practical and offers more than enough versatility for growing families.
It looks and feels less adventurous than 4x4-themed rivals like the Nissan Juke, but it does offer strong practicality and a generally plush-feeling interior. As it’s based on the Peugeot 208 supermini, it's comfortable, refined and has proven mechanicals and technology. Unlike some rivals, the 2008 isn’t available with four-wheel drive, although Peugeot’s Grip Control system is very effective at boosting traction on slippery surfaces. Overall the 2008 is a sensible, great-value option in a very crowded market.
The Peugeot 2008 was launched in 2013, and was one of the first small crossovers to go on sale after the Nissan Juke established the template in 2010. Where the 2008 differs from the Juke is that it comes with an upright and practical five-door body that features chunky styling and a reasonable amount of space inside for up to five people.
Since the 2008's arrival, more manufacturers have dipped into the sector, and Peugeot updated the 2008 in 2016 to help keep it competitive. The update saw the 2008 gain a new nose that is similar in design to the one seen on the 3008 and 5008, while more kit was added inside. Another minor update in 2018 saw a more efficient diesel engine added to the range, too.
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That means there's a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel (which replaced the 1.6 BlueHDi that was available from launch) and a 1.2 PureTech three-cylinder petrol is also offered. The diesel comes in 100 and 120 guises with 99 and 118bhp respectively, while the PureTech motor has 82, 110 and 130 variants that weigh in at 81, 108 and 128bhp. Lower-spec petrols come with a five-speed manual, more powerful offerings get a six-speed manual as standard and a six-speed automatic is offered as an option with all but the least powerful petrol and diesel engines.
All cars are front-wheel drive and there is no option of 4WD offered. Instead, you can specify Peugeot's Grip Control system – standard on Allure Premium models. This adds mud and snow tyres and a switchable traction control system that is designed to optimise traction on different surfaces - think of it as a ‘lite’ version of Land Rover's Terrain Response system.
Four trim levels are offered, although not all trims are available with every engine choice. The entry point to the range is Active, which gives the 2008 a starting price of just over £18,000. Even this version gets a seven-inch touchscreen and 16-inch alloys, manual air-con and cruise control, while Signature adds automatic headlights, wipers, parking sensors and extra styling touches. Move up to Allure Premium and sat-nav is added, as is climate control, a reversing camera and a panoramic sunroof. GT Line offers similar kit, but with a sportier appearance.
The 2008 was one of the first small SUVs to arrive but has now been joined by the Renault Captur, Vauxhall Mokka X, while newer arrivals include the Vauxhall Crossland X and Citroen C3 Aircross (both of which share running gear with the 2008), plus the SEAT Arona, Hyundai Kona, Kia Stonic and Ford EcoSport.
In this review
- 1Verdict - currently readingThe Peugeot 2008 is a small SUV that offers upmarket practicality and good value for money
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe 2008 offers a comfortable drive, but is far from the sportiest or most agile choice in the class
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe 2008 is keenly priced, keeping costs down, and is very economical if you choose the right engine
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe 2008 got a more muscular look for 2016, while the interior remains classy with a layout that won't suit all tastes
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceIt’s small on the outside, but there’s a decent amount of space for passengers and luggage inside the 2008
- 6Reliability and SafetyAs it’s based on the 208 supermini, the 2008 is tried and tested, and it scores well for safety, too