Peugeot 2008 SUV
Price £13,195 - £20,295
- Comfortable ride
- Economical engines
- Lots of passenger space and a big boot
- Not much fun to drive
- Two-wheel drive only
- Slow petrol engines
At a glance
"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.
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.
The Peugeot 2008 achieves impressive fuel economy and emissions – just avoid the 1.6-litre petrol
While some versions of the Peugeot 2008 are sluggish, the 1.6-litre diesel offers good all-round performance
The Peugeot 2008 boasts a classy interior, which is more business-like than the funky Nissan Juke or Citroen C4 Cactus
There's lots of space inside the Peugeot 2008, which, added to the practical boot, makes it an ideal car for families
Unlike older Peugeots, the Peugeot 2008 benefits from excellent reliability, and safety is top-notch, too