Review

Peugeot 2008 SUV

Price  £13,195 - £20,295

Peugeot 2008 SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Comfortable ride
  • Economical engines
  • Lots of passenger space and a big boot
Cons
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Two-wheel drive only
  • Slow petrol engines

At a glance

The greenest
1.6L BlueHDi 100 S&S Urban Cross 5dr £17,645
The cheapest
1.2L PureTech 82 Access A/C 5dr £13,195
The fastest
1.2L PureTech 130 Allure 5dr £15,595
Top of the range
Feline Mistral Amb 1.6 BlueHDi 120 S/S 5dr £20,295

"The Peugeot 2008 SUV is a classy crossover that offers practicality and rugged looks with the low running costs of a supermini."

Peugeot calls its 2008 a ‘crossover’. That suggests something less extreme than the SUV-style models such as the Nissan Juke, Ford EcoSport and Citroen Cactus that it competes with. In fact, it looks more like a rugged, high-riding estate than those vehicles and has a more luxurious feel, too. As a result, it's popular with people who like a high driving position and a helping of luxury without the upright, off-roader looks.

Unlike some versions of the Juke and Vauxhall Mokka, the Peugeot 2008 is not available with four-wheel drive. Instead, high-spec models have a feature called Grip Control that offers some degree of off-road capability by limiting wheelspin in slippery conditions. Otherwise, the 2008 Crossover is strictly front-wheel drive, with the accent firmly on safe and predictable handling, excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.

The engine range manages to be simple and complicated at the same time. There's a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol with a choice of three different power outputs, five or six-speed manual gearboxes, or Peugeot's so-called ETG automatic gearbox. There's also a 1.6-litre petrol automatic. They’re all very efficient, with the most frugal being the 1.2-litre PureTech 82. This returns an impressive 64.2mpg for £20 annual road tax, which is not far off many diesel engines.

Talking of which, the 2008 offers just one diesel engine: a 1.6-litre. However, it comes in four different power outputs. And, unlike the petrol version, there's only one automatic gearbox available here, called EGC by Peugeot. Naturally, the diesel engines are even more efficient than the petrols, with the best being the 1.6-litre BlueHDi 100. It returns 78.5mpg and costs nothing to tax.

The 2008 is an easy car to drive thanks to its high seating position and good visibility. Although it's based on the Peugeot 208 hatchback, it's much bigger inside, with enough room for four adults or a young family of five. The boot is on par with a Nissan Juke's, but it's lower and so easier to load.

The 2008 range starts with the basic Access A/C (for air-conditioning) trim, rising through the Active and Allure versions to the top-spec Feline. All but Feline have ‘+’ versions that add a few extra features from the trim level above. All 2008s have roof bars, cruise control and anti-lock brakes. There's also a special edition, the Urban Cross model, which has unique features.

For its balance of price, specification and styling, our pick is the Allure model. Among other things, it comes with dual-zone air-conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear parking aid and Grip Control.

The 2008's strong reliability and upmarket interior helped it achieve a good position in our Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. It's a safe car, too, with a maximum five-star score from Euro NCAP crash tests to prove it.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.7 / 5

The Peugeot 2008 achieves impressive fuel economy and emissions – just avoid the 1.6-litre petrol

Engines, drive & performance

2.7 / 5

While some versions of the Peugeot 2008 are sluggish, the 1.6-litre diesel offers good all-round performance

Interior & comfort

3.2 / 5

The Peugeot 2008 boasts a classy interior, which is more business-like than the funky Nissan Juke or Citroen C4 Cactus

Practicality & boot space

3.2 / 5

There's lots of space inside the Peugeot 2008, which, added to the practical boot, makes it an ideal car for families

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

Unlike older Peugeots, the Peugeot 2008 benefits from excellent reliability, and safety is top-notch, too

What the others say

3.2 / 5
based on 3 reviews
4 / 5
“The Peugeot 2008 is a stylish rival to the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur – but it's not that fun to drive.”
2 / 5
“The Peugeot 2008 has all the strengths of the 208 supermini, but a lot of its weaknesses, too.”
7 / 10
"Interesting inside, slightly disappointing outside. The 2008 is a proper little mashup, which just about works."
What owners say 
3.6
3.6 /5 based on 10 reviews
70%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
30 Jun 2015
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