Peugeot 2008 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.
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.
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.
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.
In this review
- 1Peugeot 2008 review (2013 - 2020)The 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 space - currently readingIt’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