Peugeot 2008 (2013-2020) review - Reliability and Safety

As it’s based on the 208 supermini, the 2008 is tried and tested, and it scores well for safety, too

The 2008’s running gear and technology are carried over from the 208 supermini. That car has had its fair share of electrical niggles, especially with the touchscreen infotainment system.

However, 2008 owners have praised the general reliability of their cars in our Driver Power satisfaction survey, so it looks as though these glitches have been ironed out.

The car ranked 33rd in the 2019 survey out of 100 cars; owners praised its looks, cabin build quality and practicality, as well its reasonable running costs. Peugeot itself finished in a strong 12th place overall out of 30 manufacturers, with a relatively low 14 per cent of owners reporting issues with their cars.

One area the 2008 could improve on is safety. While the car earned a five-star Euro NCAP rating when it was launched in 2013, it wouldn’t get the same score in today’s more stringent crash tests. Still, the 2008 is equipped with six airbags, plus the switchable traction control improves the car’s ability in slippery conditions. It’s also available with autonomous emergency braking for £250.

Models with the Grip Control system tailor the front-wheel-drive transmission to suit different road types and weather conditions; this is a useful safety feature on slippery surfaces.

Warranty

Peugeot’s warranty applies for five years and 100,000 miles, which is strong amongst rivals. However, some rival brands do offer more generous cover, including Hyundai (five years) and Kia (seven years).

That said, it is possible to extend the standard warranty on the 2008 at extra cost. 

Servicing

Most models in the 2008 range have service intervals of 12,500 miles, which is about average for this type of car. But you’ll still need to have a check-up carried out at least once a year to keep the warranty intact. Servicing plans are available to spread the cost on a month-by-month basis.

If you’re financing your car through Peugeot, it offers a popular programme called ‘Just Add Fuel’, which is a single monthly payment that covers all motoring costs such as routine servicing (but not wear parts, like brakes and tyres), road tax, breakdown cover and even comprehensive insurance (provided you’re over a certain age, have held a licence for at least two years and already have two years’ no claims discount). This runs over three years, and means you don’t have to think about any of the above items.

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