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Is the Peugeot 2008 the best small SUV you can buy?

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Total cash price £16,599. Borrowing £13,279 with a £3,320 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

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Peugeot 2008 buying guide

Peugeot 2008 models come in a selection of different trims, with several different engine choices – along with an electric model. Keep reading to find out which is the best choice for you.

What Peugeot 2008 trim levels are there?

The 2008 trim lineup kicks off with Active. Specification includes alloy wheels, air conditioning, rear parking sensors, automatic emergency braking, and an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Active Premium adds a modular boot floor and climate control along with a small handful of visual changes.

Allure is the mid-range specification. This trim includes larger alloy wheels, gloss black roof rails, part-faux-leather upholstery, tinted rear windows and a reversing camera.

Allure Premium trim adds LED front fog lights and a digital dashboard in place of the traditional dials.

GT Line is Peugeot’s sporty trim, similar to BMW’s M Sport or Audi’s S Line. GT Line 2008 cars get dark-coloured styling details, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, multi-colour interior ambient lighting, eye-catching LED headlights, and a larger infotainment screen with built-in sat nav. Range-topping models were renamed simply to GT partway through 2020.

GT Premium adds even larger alloy wheels to GT Line specification along with part-Alcantara seats, keyless go and a panoramic sunroof.

Peugeot 2008 interior and technology

Like other models in the Peugeot lineup, the 2008 has the brand’s so-called i-Cockpit. This means you get an unusually small steering wheel and look at the dials above it rather than through it, like you do in almost all other cars. This might take a little getting used to but, once you do, you appreciate how easy it is to spin the smaller wheel quickly when pulling into a tight parallel parking spot. The rest of the 2008’s interior is attractive with an angular dashboard and a minimalist layout. It’s disappointing that climate controls are hidden in the touchscreen rather than physical knobs and switches.

Peugeot’s infotainment system includes all the functions you’d hope for, with DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto being standard across the range. The layout isn’t as clear as rivals from Mini or Ford, nor is the screen as responsive, but it won’t give you too many headaches once you get used to it.

Space in the 2008 is an improvement on the 208 with which it shares most of its parts, and about average for this class. Four adults will sit comfortably in the 2008 with only the very tallest likely to brush their heads in the back seats. Squeezing three adults across the back row is possible for short hops, but there’s not enough elbow room for anyone to get comfortable. Boot space is, similarly, about average for the class, able to just about take two large suitcases if you load them carefully.

Peugeot 2008 engine range explained

(Most popular!) Peugeot 2008 1.2 PureTech petrol

For 2020-and-newer 2008s, the entry-level engine is a 100hp turbocharged version of the 1.2-litre petrol engine. This completes the 0-62mph run in a hair under 11 seconds, so will feel a little more relaxed at higher speeds.

PureTech-130-powered 2008s use the same 1.2-litre petrol engine but turned up to 130hp. This brings the 0-62mph dash down to 8.9 seconds, which helps this model feel much calmer when overtaking on the motorway.

The most powerful petrol engine you can get for the 2008 is the PureTech 155 which, as the name suggests, makes 155hp. This engine is usually paired with Peugeot’s eight-speed automatic gearbox. The 0-62mph time drops to 8.2 seconds, helping this version feel impressively sprightly.

Peugeot 2008 1.2 PureTech 82 petrol

Entry-level pre-2020 2008s use a 1.2-litre non-turbo petrol engine with 82hp. This is fine for use at town speeds but will feel strained at overtaking speeds on the motorway. Above it is a turbocharged version with 110hp that's a bit more suited to long journeys.

Peugeot 2008 1.5 BlueHDi diesel

Peugeot also offers a diesel option for the 2008 for buyers that regularly cover long distances. Entry-level versions come with a 100hp 1.5-litre turbodiesel. If you drive carefully, this version can return around 63mpg.

Peugeot e-2008 50kWh electric

If you can stretch to its higher price tag, the battery-powered e-2008 is a great option for driving down your fuel bills. This version comes with a 100kW (134hp) electric motor, which helps the e-2008 hit 62mph from rest in nine seconds – helping it feel responsive and nippy around town without running out of puff on the motorway. The 50kWh battery pack gives a range of up to 206 miles on a full charge, with recharge times as low as 30 minutes to get from 0-80% if you can find a 100kW charger.

Your Peugeot 2008 questions answered

All Peugeot 2008s come in one style only and it’s a five-door hatchback SUV. Nearly new buyers are likely to come across both first and second-generation models for sale. First-generation models were sold until the end of 2019, while second-generation 2008s began arriving in 2020.

The two models can be quite easily told apart because Peugeot changed the styling substantially for the current generation. Pre-2020 models have more rounded styling and a distinctive contrasting trim panel above the rear doors that attempts to disguise the car’s taller height. 2020-and-newer 2008s have more angular styling, a more bluff front end and a pair of eye-catching LED strakes that runs from the underside of the headlights to the bottom of the front bumper.

The current-generation 2008 is exactly 4.3 metres long, which puts it roughly in line with other compact SUVs in this segment. It’s a few millimetres longer than the Renault Captur, Ford Puma and the Vauxhall Mokka – the latter of which shares parts and engines with the 2008 – but a fraction shorter than the Citroen C4, which is also based on the 2008’s platform.

Those modest dimensions make the 2008 easy to live with in the city, despite its SUV billing. Cabin space is noticeably improved over the 208 hatchback, with more legroom and headroom for rear-seat passengers in particular. However, if you need regular access to the rear to seat kids or install child seats, you might find there’s not a lot of room to manoeuvre about.

All engine-powered 2008s use the company’s smooth petrol engines. These units probably won’t be winning any races but all return strong mpg figures. Buyers looking to drop their monthly fuel bills might want to take a look at the e-2008 electric car, which can cover more than 200 miles on a full charge.

In the past, Peugeot had a pretty flaky reputation for reliability. Thankfully, its latest cars – including the 2008 – seem to be very reliable, and we haven’t heard of any common faults. If problems do occur, they’re likely to be annoying infotainment glitches rather than any major faults with the powertrains, suspension or bodywork.

The new Peugeot 2008 seems to be a reliable car, so you should be able to rely on the car for tens of thousands of miles. The key is to keep up with maintenance and routine servicing.

Yes, the Peugeot 2008 is one of the best small SUVs on the market right now. It has economical engines, a posh-feeling interior, decent handling and greater practicality than many of its nearest rivals. If you’re looking at cars like the Renault Captur and Ford Puma, you should take a look at the 2008 as well.