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Peugeot 2008 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

Some rivals top the 2008 for interior and boot space, though it’ll still be fine for most.

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.5 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

3.5 out of 5

  • Great combustion and electric powertrains
  • Smart ride and handling balance
  • Build quality
  • Expensive
  • Driving position won't suit everyone
  • Some rivals are more spacious

One of the key downsides to the 2008’s styling is that access to the rear is difficult. The sills are high, so you have to climb in over them and, to compound things further, you then find the roofline is quite low, so you have to stoop a little more. Buyers should bear this in mind if they’ll be frequently using the rear seats - strapping children into car seats, for example, could prove more problematic than you might otherwise expect.

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Peugeot hasn’t forgotten basic practicalities, though. There’s still a good level of storage, with cubbies, trays and bins dotted around to hold gadgets and various other items.

Find a comfortable driving position and you’ll discover the 2008 is really quite good to drive. It feels stable and precise through corners, and the ride does a good job of filtering out nasty bumps. It’s not quite as forgiving as a Renault Captur, but despite a little door mirror-induced wind whistle at motorway speeds, refinement is really impressive overall.

Size

The 2008 is 4,300mm in length, 1,770mm wide and 1,550mm in height, making it slightly longer than the Ford Puma (4,207mm), but not quite so wide. The Renault Captur, at 4,227mm in length, sits between the two.

Leg room, head room and passenger space

The 2008 has increased in length by 141mm over its predecessor. It offers decent room inside and, with a wheelbase that’s 65mm up on the 208 hatch’s, the legroom has increased, too. Rear occupants benefit from plenty of foot room under the front seats, and there’s enough headroom for all but the very tallest passengers.

Boot

With 434 litres of boot space, the 2008 offers decent load capacity, but is again beaten by its close rivals on overall practicality. The Renault Captur actually has 12 litres less than the 2008, but features a sliding rear bench seat to maximise either boot space or passenger room in the rear. Utilise this function by sliding the bench all the way forward and there are 536 litres on offer, which puts the 2008 at a distinct disadvantage.

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