Peugeot 2008 SUV
Price £13,615 - £20,565
- Spacious, high-quality cabin
- Economical engines
- Comfortable ride
- Dull petrol engines
- Not much fun to drive
- No four-wheel-drive option
At a glance
"The Peugeot 2008 SUV is a practical rugged looking crossover with a classy interior and supermini-like running costs."
The Peugeot 2008 Crossover is a compact SUV that blends low running costs with an elevated driving position and great practicality. It goes up against cars like the Nissan Juke, Citroen C4 Cactus and Ford EcoSport, but Peugeot has deliberately designed the 2008 to look more like a high-riding estate than an SUV. The Peugeot also has a classier and more luxurious-feeling interior than its rivals.
Continuing this theme of doing things slightly differently, Peugeot doesn’t offer the 2008 with four-wheel drive, but there is the option of a system called ‘Grip Control’. This detects and prevents the front wheels from losing grip on slippery surfaces, including snow, sand and mud. While it's not quite as effective as a full four-wheel-drive setup, most crossover customers use their cars predominantly on the road and Grip Control should provide enough ‘go-anywhere’ ability for the majority of drivers.
Peugeot offers the 2008 with a 1.2-litre petrol engine or a 1.6-litre diesel, both of which are available with three different power outputs. They’re all efficient, becoming even more so when fitted with Peugeot's optional ‘S&S’ stop-start system. The 2008 comes with either a five or six-speed manual gearbox, although the entry-level 1.2-litre PureTech 82 petrol is also available with the brand's ETG automatic transmission.
As might be expected, the diesels offer greater fuel economy – although they’re about £1,500 more expensive to buy than a similarly equipped petrol model. The 74, 98 and 116bhp 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesels all return 76.3mpg and are road-tax-exempt thanks to their low CO2 emissions. The 13.8-second 0-62mph time of the 74bhp model may leave you wanting a little more oomph when overtaking on the motorway, though, so the 98bhp diesel is a little easier to live with. It's by no means rapid, though with a 0-62mph time of 12.5 seconds.
If you can stretch to it, we recommend the 116bhp diesel. That extra power means it’ll go from 0-62mph in a sprightly 9.6 seconds, while it shares the excellent economy figures and road-tax exemption as the other diesels.
If you don’t cover that many miles, or mainly use your car for short trips, a petrol engine should suit you better, and the 2008 is well served in this area. All of its 1.2-litre petrol engines are efficient and smooth, but we recommend the 107bhp 1.2-litre PureTech 110 S&S model. This blends strong 60.1mpg fuel economy with useable performance, going from 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds, while costing just £20 a year in road tax.
On the road, the 2008 feels safe and secure, with predictable handling – although it's not the last word in driver involvement and some may feel the small steering wheel was a curious decision on Peugeot's part, Nonetheless, the suspension is soft, body lean is well controlled in corners and this is overall a comfortable car to drive.
Despite being based on the 208 hatchback, the 2008 has enough room inside for five adults, with plenty of headroom. The boot is a reasonable if not remarkable size, though its low floor means loading heavy items is easy.
There are four trim levels. The entry-level 2008 Access is reasonably well equipped, coming with air-conditioning, driver's seat height adjustment and cruise control, while Active trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels and a seven-inch infotainment system, complete with Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a DAB radio.
We recommend the mid-range Allure model, though. This includes Grip Control (although not with the 1.2-litre PureTech 82 engine), 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, dual-zone air-conditioning and dark-tinted rear windows, which combine to make the 2008 feel very luxurious and well equipped.
The top-spec GT Line trim includes 17-inch alloy wheels, sat nav, a reversing camera and various interior upgrades, including aluminium pedals, some black gloss trim and red stitching around the seats. At around £2,500 more than Allure trim, though, GT Line is expensive.
2008 owners are generally a happy lot, something attested to by the car's 33rd-place finish out of 200 cars in our 2015 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. Peugeot's 10th-place finish out of 32 manufacturers also suggest build quality and reliability have improved significantly in recent years. Safety is similarly reassuring: when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP, the Peugeot 2008 scored the full five stars.
The Peugeot 2008 achieves impressive fuel economy and emissions
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