Peugeot 2008 SUV
Price £13,195 - £20,345
- 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."
The Peugeot 2008 Crossover is a compact SUV that, on paper, rivals the Nissan Juke, Ford EcoSport and Citroen Cactus. In reality, though, it's quite different from them. For a start, it looks more like a high-riding estate and certainly feels more luxurious than them.
Another point of difference concerns its transmission. While some rivals offer the option of four-wheel drive, some versions of the 2008 have what Peugeot calls ‘Grip Control’. This is a system that works to prevent the front wheels spinning in a variety of conditions, including snow, sand and mud. Ultimately, it's not as effective as the latest four-wheel-drive systems, but for everyday driving it's perfectly acceptable.
There's a choice of very efficient 1.2-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines, each offered in three power outputs. Most of them have engine stop-start technology (called S&S by Peugeot) for better fuel economy. Most also have either a five or six-speed manual gearbox, the exception being the 1.2-litre PureTech 82, which is also offered with Peugeot's ETG automatic transmission.
Inevitably, the diesel engines are the most economical, with the mid-range 98bhp 1.6-litre BlueHDi 100 S&S managing 78.5mpg and costing nothing in road tax. However, the petrols are frugal, too – our pick being the 107bhp 1.2-litre PureTech 110 S&S. This model does 60.1mpg fuel economy and 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds. Road tax is just £20 a year.
The diesel version is only around £1,000 more expensive, so deciding whether to buy it or the petrol comes down to the type of driving you do and how many miles you’re likely to cover each year.
All versions are easy to drive, with secure and predictable handling. They’re also very comfortable and, thanks to a high seating position, easy to see out of. Although it's based on the 208 hatchback, the 2008 is larger inside, with enough room for five adults. The boot is a reasonable size and has a low floor to make the most of what space there is.
There are four core versions, as well as a top-spec one called the Urban Cross, which comes loaded with equipment. Basic Access A/C is reasonably well equipped with features such as air-conditioning, driver's seat height adjustment and cruise control. However, our pick of the line-up is the mid-range Allure, which feels that little more special. Its features include Grip Control (although not with the 1.2-litre Pure Tech 82 engine), alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, dual-zone air-conditioning and dark-tinted rear windows.
Owners appeared to be satisfied with the reliability of their 2008s, while Euro NCAP was sufficiently impressed with the car's crash safety to award it the top five-star rating.
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