Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Should you buy a Peugeot 2008?

Yes, but it depends on the spec of the car you’re choosing. Trim levels higher up the range are pricey, so stick to the middle of the range for a more valuable mix of equipment and price. Most popular GT Line trim is what we’d aim for (especially as it’ll be popular when you come to sell it on), but an Allure-spec car comes with most of the kit you’d really need, but without some of the more stylistic touches that make the 2008 stand out.

That interior really boosts the Peugeot’s appeal as well. It may look a bit wacky compared with a Volkswagen or Skoda’s more traditional offerings, but quality is excellent (and goes a long way to justifying its price) and boosts the feel inside. It feels different and modern and complements the exterior design very well indeed. It’s an added bonus that it all works well once you learn where some of the controls are. We still wish there were separate air-con controls not accessed via the touchscreen though.

Space-wise there’s ample for a small family, but note that GT Line trim does come with a darker cabin that other specs. We’d urge you towards the PureTech 130. It’s plenty powerful and impressively refined, with manageable running costs too. A manual will suit most, but it’s a little too jerky, and so we’d recommend the automatic for a smoother drive.

If this isn’t for you, Peugeot offers the all-electric 2008, or the Renault Captur may be worth a look for a stylish alternative. If you prioritise usability and space, take a look at the Skoda Kamiq.

Further reading:

> Peugeot e-2008 review

> Mazda CX-30 vs Toyota C-HR vs Honda HR-V

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