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Peugeot 2008 review 2020

Find out more about the Peugeot 2008 in the latest Motors.co.uk Review

£10,894
Average Price
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3
Out of 5

Pros

  • Fantastic range of engines
  • Cheap running costs
  • Spacious cabin

Cons

  • Unpolished ride
  • Hit rather hard by depreciation
  • Rivals are more practical
  • MPG

    0 - 0

  • CO2

    0 - 113 g/km

Model review

The Peugeot 2008 is the French firm’s replacement for the 207 SW. It began production in 2013, with the model essentially acting as an SUV version of the 208 supermini. In fact, the two cars share the same platform as well as numerous mechanical components. 

 

The advantage of the 2008 over the 208, however, is added space. The crossover market is an extremely popular one that seemingly keeps growing – both in the number of cars that occupy the segment and how many are now out on UK roads.  

 

Plus, the compact SUV Peugeot is a fairly affordable small family car. It’s focused on being capable of delivering a well-rounded experience to buyers and beating out the tough competition in doing so. It’s rather funky too, meaning it brings some character and charisma to the table. 

 

In 2016 though, the 2008 was revised and updatedThe model benefitted from refreshed styling, featuring a new vertical front grille among other tweaks and additions 

Current model

As previously mentioned, the 2008 was facelifted in 2016. At the time of writing, the model’s still in this state – first generation but updated – with Peugeot is set to launch the second iteration of the crossover in early 2020.  

 

However, sticking in the present, let’s talk the current 2008. It’s still essentially the same car that came out in 2013, just with some added appeal thanks to what the manufacturer did with its revisions.  

 

Speaking of which, apart from the altered styling, the 2008 gained a new ‘Ultimate Red’ colour, ‘GT Line’ model, optional automatic transmission, upgraded front and rear LED lights and increased storage space – these are the highlights.  

 

Inside, the car remains pretty much the same, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The cabin is a nice space to spend time and is interesting enough in its design – most notably there’s Peugeot’s raised ‘i-Cockpit’ dials – to not seem bland and boring.  

 

Out on the road, the 2008 is nothing special – rather average for the class. Quite surprisingly, it feels reasonably nippy thanks to peppy engines and a relatively light weight. Still, it’s no sports car and doesn’t provide a very engaging and well-polished driving experience. Also, the ride isn’t as refined as rivals – it tends to feel unsettled and at lower speeds the car doesn’t absorb imperfections in the road that well.  

  

Value for money

New Peugeot 2008 models are priced from £18,820. Compared to others in the class, it’s a little higher than most – for example, the £15,520 Nissan Juke and the £17,580 Seat Arona. As long as you stick to the lower/middle trim levels, the model fares well when it comes to value for money. Start venturing into the higher trims and racking up the optional extras, however, and things start to get pricey. Be clever with your purchase and the 2008 shouldn’t break the bank.   

 

For a bargain, however, it’s best to have a scroll through the classifieds, because there’s no shortage of models that can be picked up on a tight budget. The cheapest ones start at around £4,500 – and that’s for a 2014 car with under 70,000 miles-on-the-clock. Prices for facelift cars start at a bit more – around £7,000. 

Looks and image

The current 2008 doesn’t make use of such radical design as the new generation car looks to. It’s still quite a cool looking car nonetheless, and it certainly has presence thanks to a raised ride height (over the 208) and SUV styling. The vehicle appears rather rugged, although doesn’t quite possess the imposing figure of a true off-roader. 

 

If you are after a more eye-catching and frankly attractive design, it’s best to wait for the new model because it brings a bigger sense of theatre and striking design compared to today’s car. 

Space and practicality

Families needn’t worry when it comes to space in the 2008. Both front and rear passenger space is plentiful. Even the tallest of passengers should be able to get comfortable easily and remain that way over long journeys.  

 

Cubby spaces, on the other hand, aren’t as generous, although the car earns those lost points back due to its practical boot. It boasts 360 litres of room which, while isn’t the best in class, is respectable. The load space is a nice shape and folding the rear seats is a doddle, meaning you can really make use of the space.  

  

Engines

There are some good petrol and diesel engines on offer with the 2008. Starting with the petrol engines, there’s a 1.2-litre offered in a choice three power outputs – 80bhp, 108bhp and 129bhp. All of these are perfectly capable of driving around town, but it’s the higher output versions that’ll provide the best punch. 

 

On the diesel front, there’s a 1.5-litre that comes in two power outputs – 98bhp and 118bhp. The latter is definitely one of the better engine choices, as it provides ample performance as well as affordability. 

Running costs

All engines are relatively affordable to run. Even the 129bhp petrol can achieve 49.9mpg, which is pretty great. But for the best running costs, it’s the 1.5-litre diesel that’s the pick of the bunch. The lower powered version can do 67mpg, while only emitting 94g/km of CO2 emissions. And the higher powered one can still get 58.2mpg, which is impressive to say the least.  

Things to look out for

The 2008 should serve buyers well when it comes to reliability. In surveys, very few reports of faults with the car come up, with the majority of owners happy with it. Not many have a bad word to say about the vehicle, and the fit and finish of it is far better than Peugeots of old. That’s not to say it’s indestructible, but the 2008 is unlikely to cause you massive issues in the foreseeable future. 

 

Rivals

As said before, the 2008 sits in an extremely popular and highly completive segment. Compact crossovers are all the rage these days, meaning almost every manufacturer wants a model in it. One of the long-standing class leaders, the Nissan Juke, proves to be a continuously tough competitor, especially now that it’s about to go into its second generation. Other rivals such as the Seat Arona, Mazda CX-3, Renault Captur and Ford EcoSport are also out there.  

 

Depreciation

With the next generation 2008 on its way fairly soon, the current model is unlikely to remain valuable. Considering used 2017 models can be had for as little as £7,000, buying a new model doesn’t look promising when it comes to depreciation.  Even 2019 cars are going for around £12,000. Though the upside is, of course, that they’re a bargain when buying used.  

Which 2008 to Pick

Cheapest to Buy When New

1.2 PureTech Active 5dr

Most MPG

1.2 PureTech Active 5dr

Fastest Model (0-60)

100kW Active 50kWh 5dr Auto E-2008 Electric

Trims Explained

There are five trim levels to choose from – Signature, Active, Allure, Allure Premium and GT Line.

'Signature'

Signature is equipped with rear parking sensors, a ‘visibility pack’, dark tinted rear side and tailgate windows, wheel arch extensions and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Priced from £18,820

'Active'

Active comes with a seven-inch colour touchscreen with DAB digital radio, Bluetooth and Mirror Screen connectivity and front fog lights.

Priced from £19,170

'Allure'

Next up, there’s the Allure trim, which adds automatic dual zone air conditioning, Grip Control, wheel arch extensions and scuff plates, rear parking aid and 17-inch alloy wheels on some engine choices.

Priced from £21,030

'Allure Premium'

Allure Premium includes a panoramic glass roof with electric blind, colour reversing camera and rear parking aid, connected 3D navigation, Peugeot Connect SOS and Assistance, and cornering assist fog lights.

Starts at £21,525

'GT Line'

At the top of the range is the GT Line model. It gets some sporty goodies, such as a black chrome radiator grille, 17-inch ‘Brilliant Black’ alloy wheels and a panoramic glass roof.

Priced from £21,870

Summary

  1. The Peugeot 2008 has been in production since 2013
  2. The model was revised in 2016
  3. Great range of engines
  4. Running costs are low
  5. Tends to feel unsettled out on the road
  6. Spacious cabin and easy-to-use boot
  7. New 2008s start at £18,820, but used ones can be had for as little as £4,500
  8. Hit rather hard by depreciation
  9. The second-generation car arrives soon in early 2020
  10. Tough competition from rivals

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