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New Peugeot 2008 majors on style, tech, and electric power

  • New 2008 will be available as an EV, petrol or diesel
  • i-Cockpit displays, more tech, and personalisation
  • Sharp new styling in line with the 3008 and 5008 SUVs

The Peugeot 2008 enters its second generation with a sharp new look that scales down the best bits of the 3008 SUV and 508 Fastback. It takes over from the existing model with a new suite of driver tech, interior features, and personalisation options. But the big news is that it will also be available in all-electric e-2008 form, underlining the company's strategy of offering all its models in petrol, diesel and electric forms.

It's entering a crowded market for small family cars, packed with some interesting rivals. it goes up against everything from the aging Nissan Juke, the popular Renault Captur and Vauxhall Mokka X to the excellent Mazda CX-3, and will need to be very good to make cut-through. The good news for Peugeot is that although the existing 2008 hasn't exactly set the world alight, the larger 3008 and 5008 have done very well – and the company hopes that buyers will find their revitalised smaller sister car just as appealing.

Styling and personalisation

The new 2008 certainly has more visual impact than before. Peugeot says that its strong-looking front end gives the car a tougher stance, but in the first pictures, we can't help but conclude that it's a bulky-looking thing. The bonnet and grille are heavily sculpted in the Peugeot style, while the side sculpting will take some time to get used to. The LED daytime running continue the cat's claws theme front and rear to help make it easily identifiable.

The 18-inch wheels (remember, this is a family car) have inserts that can be colour coded to your choice – and continuing that theme, the roof and C-pillars are also available in contrasting colours. All models get LED headlights, too.

The three-model range gets differing treatments inside, too. You get orange detailing inside on the Active version, blue on the Allure, while the more sporting GT Line models get a darker style as seen in the image below. To give that some more visual interest, adjustable mood lighting (with eight different colours) allows you to change the way it looks at night.

What tech do you get?

The all-digital i-Cockpit gets its first airing in the 2008 along with an upgrade to i-Cockpit 3D spec. This system replaces traditional dials with a laptop-style TFT screen, giving the driver a choice of displays. It's a system that's already proved popular in larger Peugeots, and its arrival in the 2008 will bring this technology to more drivers. The main instruments are in a cluster above the small steering wheel, and work in tandem with the large (up-to 10-inch) central touchscreen.

It's a development over the existing i-Cockpit, which introduces more animation, and displays information more prominently depending on its importance. Peugeot says that this system improves driver reaction times by up to half a second.

It gets all the other tech expected from buyers. So it's fully Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. You get four USB sockets to keep passengers happy, and an integrated sat0nav system that's connected and gives real-time traffic updates. The high-quality audio system also has 10 speakers and up to 515 Watts of power.

Is it suitable for families?

Peugeot claims that the five-seater 2008 is roomier than before, with particular attention paid to the rear-seat room. It's about the same size as a Vauxhall Mokka X, but should be roomier inside. The boot, which comes in at 434 litres is larger than its immediate rivals – and should be able to swallow the weekly shop without too much trouble. It has a split floor, which when it's in its higher boot-floor configuration, should leave a flat floor with the rear seats folded.

As you'd expect from an SUV-shaped family car, there are lots of storage cubbies inside. So, you get decent door pockets, space under the front centre armrest and more in centre console. You get another cubby hole below the switch panel, and an induction pad to wirelessly charge your mobile phone.

Peugeot's interiors have improved hugely with the most recent models, and the 2008 is set to continue this trend. Quality is lifted thanks to more use of soft-feel plastics, while the trim materials include (depending on the model) suede-llike Alcantara or Nappa leather, and 508-like carbonfibre-style trim elsewhere. Very modern. Very Peugeot.

Safety and crash avoidance tech

Peugeot 2008 (2020) i-Cockpit interior

As you'd expect, there's a plethora of safety tech to keep you out of trouble. The fitment of its Drive Assist (lane-keeping tech, plus adaptive cruise control) takes the strain out of boring motorway driving, as well as taking care of stopping and starting in queuing traffic (on automatic models). You also get Park Assist, which can automatically park the car for you.

More importantly, there's Automatic Emergency Braking, which also detects pedestrians and cyclists, Driver warning alert (which tells you when you need to take a break on long journeys), automatic headlights, wipers, traffic sign recognition, and blind-spot monitoring, to help you avoid missing people overtaking you.

Details of the e-2008 all-electric version

The electric e-2008 joins the e-208 in swelling the ranks of battery-powered Peugeots. The only version available from launch will have 136hp of power, and all the advantages of instant and effortless pulling power from a standing start. According to Peugeot, it will have a range of 190 miles (WLTP standard), which shoud equate to around 180 miles in the real world.

For anyone worried about the longevity of the power pack, it comes with a 100,000-mile eight-year warranty for 70% of its charging capacity. You get a selection of drive modes, which alter the level of energy recovery when braking. Like the Volkswagen e-Golf, that means a standard D-mode for normal driving or B-mode when you want to maximise energy charging when slowing.

In terms of charging times, expect five and eight hours for a complete charge with a domestic wallbox, and as little as 30 minutes for an 80% top up on the fastest public chargers. You can remotely control charging, and even set it up to heat-up the car before you set off (like the e-Golf or Nissan Leaf).

And the petrol and diesel options…

For those who still want to pump their fuel in, there are three petrols and two diesels to choose from, all which meet the latest emissions standards. All have stop-start and a particle filter included.

All petrol models are based on the same basic - and brilliant - PureTech 1.2-litre three-cylinder unit. Options are 100hp manual, 130hp manual or eight-speed auto or 155hp auto only. Our experience of this engine in other Peugeots is that it's smooth, refined and capable (when driven gently) of some excellent fuel consumption figures.

Like the petrol models, both diesel versions are different power outputs for the same engine. It's a 1.5-litre four-cylinder BlueHDI that comes in 100hp six-speed manual form or 130hp eight-speed auto. Fuller details of the model range will be announced closer to its on-sale date in the UK.

When does it go on sale, and how much?

Peugeot says the new 2008 is due to go into production at the end of 2019, which would suggest it will go on sale in the UK early in 2020. There's no word on pricing yet, but we'd fully expect it to cost only marginally more than the outgoing 2008 (excluding discounts you might get on that car).

We'll keep you posted as we find out more.

Peugeot 2008 (2020) rear tracking photo