Peugeot 2008 review - Interior, design and technology
The 2008’s fantastic design and build quality are let down by the Marmite driving position and fiddly infotainment.
Like its smaller 208 sibling, the Peugeot 2008 sits on the PSA-group’s new CMP platform. There’s an increase in length of 141mm over the previous 2008 model and Peugeot has ensured that, despite an increase in rigidity, there is barely any increase in overall weight.
Drawing on design cues from the 208 and bigger 3008, Peugeot’s small SUV offers a more stylish look than its predecessor, with lots of flaring angles and a substantial front grille.
The 2008’s interior design, although a little quirky, offers superb levels of quality for the class and, in fact, puts most of its rivals in the shade. Individual touches such as the gloss black piano keys on the dash and bright contrast stitching, add to the sense of style.
Other highlights include Peugeot’s i-Cockpit system, which is standard across the range, LED rear lights and the funky, compact steering wheel, which definitely takes some getting used to. The base Active trim also has 16-inch alloy wheels, colour-coded exterior trim and rear parking sensors.
Progressing through the range to the Allure and Premium trim-levels, brings bigger wheels, sat-nav and a 10-inch colour touchscreen, while the top-spec GT Line and GT models offer 18-inch alloys, black exterior trim, improved seat upholstery, a panoramic sunroof and increased safety kit.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
All cars come with Peugeot’s second generation i-Cockpit system, although the set-up isn’t the most intuitive or easy to use while on the move. The high-set digital dash is at odds with the small, low-set steering wheel, and many will find the familiar ergonomic approach of rivals more appealing.
Standard kit includes Bluetooth, a DAB radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity and a smartphone docking station - although you have to step up to Active Premium trim in order to gain sat-nav.
GT Line models include a reversing camera, wireless smartphone charging and a useful three-year live updates subscription for the navigation system.
Allure-trim variants and above feature a 3D version of the i-Cockpit, which is effectively a configurable head-up display, enabling the driver to access key information more safely while on the move.
In this review
- 1VerdictIt’s stylish and well-built, but the Peugeot 2008 falls down on price.
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe 2008’s petrol, diesel and electric lineup is among the class best, and it’s decent to drive, too.
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsEngines for the 2008 are frugal and cheap to run, but the purchase price and insurance are higher than the competition.
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe 2008’s fantastic design and build quality are let down by the Marmite driving position and fiddly infotainment.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceSome rivals top the 2008 for interior and boot space, though it’ll still be fine for most.
- 6Reliability and safetyPeugeot’s strong showing in recent Driver Power surveys promises plenty for the 2008.