Peugeot 2008 (2013-2020) review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

It’s small on the outside, but there’s a decent amount of space for passengers and luggage inside the 2008

The Peugeot 2008 is offered in one bodystyle only: an SUV-style five-door with five seats. It combines compact exterior dimensions with a reasonably practical cabin.

Size

The high ground clearance makes the 2008 look chunky, but it’s actually quite compact. Still, it’s slightly larger than some rivals, measuring 4,159mm long and 1,829mm wide. By comparison, the Nissan Juke is 4,135mm long and 1,765mm wide, while the Renault Captur is 4,122mm long and 1,778mm wide.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

The 2008’s cabin feels bright and airy, and up front there’s plenty of room for even very tall adults – although if you have a panoramic roof, that can eat into headroom. The raised ride height is a definite bonus in terms of the sense of space.

Cabin storage up front is limited to a small bin behind the gear lever, while the glovebox on right-hand drive cars is smaller than left-hand drive models as the fuse box is located behind it; Peugeot hasn’t switched it over in swapping the steering wheel from one side to the other.

While rear headroom is acceptable, it’s not as generous as the rise in the 2008’s roofline would suggest. Still, the seats are comfortable, and the car’s raised ride height means occupants get an elevated seating position.

Boot

At 360 litres with all the seats in place and 1,172 litres when the rear seats are folded, the 2008’s boot is on a par with rivals like the Nissan Juke, but the Renault Captur leaves it trailing, offering 377 litres and 1,235 litres respectively. 

The back seats in the Peugeot fold in a 60:40 split and leave a completely flat load area. It’s easy to access the boot, too, as the load lip is lower to the ground than in many rivals. There’s also space under the boot floor, which offers extra, hidden storage room.

We’re pleased to see that a space-saver spare wheel is standard across the 2008 range, unlike in most rivals where it costs extra, or now only have a puncture repair kit available.

The Peugeot offers respectable towing abilities for the class. The maximum braked towing weight depends on the model you have, and ranges from 940kg for the lower-powered models up to 1,300kg for the most powerful diesel, so even this supermini-sized SUV has a fair towing capacity to boost its practicality.

Towing

The Peugeot 2008 has a tight range of towing capacities. Starting at 903kg, it then moves up to 1,100kg, 1,250kg, 1,270kg and finally 1,300kg. If you need the 1,300kg, then you should opt for the 118bhp 1.5 BlueHDi. However, there are less powerful diesels on offer and petrols, but you will need to sacrifice some towing capability.

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