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Peugeot 2008 SUV - Interior & comfort

Arguably the real highlight, the Peugeot 2008's interior beats most rivals

Carbuyer Rating

4.1 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

4.5 out of 5

If buyers aren't entirely sold on the 2008's looks, the interior could well seal the deal. Its sharp design and quality make most rivals feel dated, especially the i-Cockpit instruments. These create a 3D effect by using two screens, with the speed appearing to float above the other information. Quality is class-leading, with only the Mazda CX-30 offering a similar quality and finish for the money.

Refinement is strong overall, except for a small amount of whistling from the door mirrors at high speeds, while the suspension does a good job of coping with bumps, even if it's a notch firmer than the Renault Captur.

Peugeot 2008 dashboard

As before, the quirky interior of the 2008 sees the instruments sit above the dashboard, with a small steering wheel beneath them. Some drivers may find their seating and steering wheel position partially blocks this display, so it's a good idea to take a test drive and see if it suits you.

Elsewhere, the interior impresses with neat touches like the piano key buttons for frequently used features, contrasting stitching (depending on trim) and plenty of soft materials instead of hard, scratchy plastics. The graphics for the central infotainment screen aren't bad, but it's a shame functions are hidden in occasionally bewildering menus and that the sat-nav is somewhat confusing. Even normally straightforward tasks like adjusting the climate control can seem a bit fiddly.

Equipment

Just like the smaller 208, the 2008 is offered in Active, Allure, GT Line and GT trim levels. Equipment is very generous, with even the basic version getting 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, LED headlights and a basic version of i-Cockpit including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Allure adds bigger wheels and gloss black exterior trim, part leather-effect seats, climate control and parking sensors. Buyers can also upgrade to Active Premium, adding folding door mirrors, LED fog lights, an anti-dazzle rear-view mirror and navigation, or Allure Premium that brings sat-nav and the latest 3D i-Cockpit instruments.

GT Line versions get a style upgrade in the form of 18-inch wheels, more aggressive bodywork and a black roof. Lime green stitching contrasts with the rest of the interior, while ambient lighting with eight colours illuminates the interior at night. There's also some impressive technology, including a 180-degree rear-view camera, heated front seats, 10-inch infotainment display, sat nav, full-LED headlights and wireless smartphone charging.

The range-topping GT trim is exclusive to the top petrol and electric versions and adds twin-exhaust tailpipes, a panoramic roof, adaptive cruise control and extra safety features. Costing over £31,000, GT models are likely to be a rare sight.

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