4.4 out of 5 4.4
Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Second-gen 2008 turns on the style and tech

Peugeot 2008 (20 on) - rated 4.4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £20,590 - £32,035
Used price £14,745 - £24,035
Used monthly cost £368 - £600
Fuel Economy 41.7 - 62.7 mpg
Road tax cost £150
Insurance group 13 - 23 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Eye-catching design inside and out
  • Broad range of engine options
  • Cabin is spacious, plus big boot

CONS

  • Top-spec models can be pricey
  • 3D digital dials take some getting used to
  • Driving position still won’t suit all

Peugeot 2008 rivals

Written by Tom Goodlad on

There’s a bewildering array of compact SUVs out there, but the Peugeot 2008 still manages to stand out from the crowd. That’s primarily down to its design, which distils everything that we love about the 3008 SUV and 508 Fastback into a small but super-sharp package.

There’s lots more to like about the 2008. It’s available with a wide range of engines, including perky petrols, an efficient diesel and even the all-electric e-2008. This underlines the company’s strategy of ‘choose your Peugeot, choose your powertrain’, offering all of its newest models with the full gamut of engine options.

The interior’s another high point, throwing just about every other compact SUV into shade with a really stylish design and superb build quality.

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It's entering a crowded market for small family cars, packed with some interesting rivals, many of which are also into their second generation and are much improved over the original. Key competition comes from the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, as well as the Mazda CX-3 and Volkswagen T-Cross. Despite being more compact than a Volkswagen T-Roc, the 2008 is offering impressive interior space and the price to match pricier VW models.

The good news for Peugeot is that although the old 2008 didn’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.

Large engine range key to its appeal

The 2008 comes with a choice of several powertrains – including familiar PureTech petrol and BlueHDi diesels, as well as an all-electric e-2008 which is covered in a separate review. It follows the 208’s formula of offering all three options across all available trim levels too.

Power ranges from 100hp to 155hp for the regular selection of models, with manual and automatic gearboxes making up the mix. Most popular among UK buyers is the PureTech 130 petrol, in combination with a manual gearbox, although automatic options aren’t far behind in terms of popularity.

Trim-wise, the 2008 comes in Active, Allure, GT Line and GT choices. GT Line and GT-badged cars have a sportier look and feel, something that seems to resonate with us in the UK, as Peugeot reckons it’ll be the most popular trim to choose.

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, we can't help but conclude that it's a bit too upright in comparison with the tight lines of the rear of the car. What we can confirm is that it’s much more cohesive and interesting in real life than pictures.

Depending on the trim you choose, the 2008 comes with a contrasting roof and mirror caps, with plenty of interesting wheel designs to differentiate the models.

Eye-catching interior matched inside

The four-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 and GT models get a darker style. To give that some more visual interest, adjustable mood lighting (with eight different colours) allows you to change the way it looks at night.

These details finish off what’s a very modern interior for a small family car. The heavily-sculpted dashboard is much easier to get used than you’d expect, with a large touchscreen angled towards the driver working well with the firm’s latest digital dial setup. On higher-spec models it has a 3D effect that can be quite odd to get used to at first, but it all lends the 2008 a very modern and techy vibe.

The good news is that the basics are all very good – the seats are comfy across the range, visibility is pretty good and it’s fairly easy to get settled for most people. As ever, Peugeot’s i-Cockpit arrangement may not suit all drivers because of the small steering wheel and high-set dials, but we’d urge you to check this is okay for you before you commit to buying.

Keep reading to see what we think of the Peugeot 2008's practicality, interior, running costs or driving experience - or click here to skip straight to our verdict.

Peugeot 2008 rivals