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Peugeot 2008 buying guide

About the Peugeot 2008

The Peugeot 2008 is a compact SUV that now has the confidence to strut its stuff thanks to crisp styling and a plush interior. There's substantially more cabin space than its compact 208 hatchback sibling, which makes it large enough for a small family or drivers with regular rear-seat passengers. It's not quite as sporty as the Ford Puma, for example, but the 2008's 1.2-litre turbo engines feel punchier in the real world.

What versions of the Peugeot 2008 are there?

All Peugeot 2008s come as a five-door SUV with a hatchback-style boot lid. Used-car 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 can be easily told apart because Peugeot changed the styling substantially for the current generation, with angular styling, a more bluff front end and a pair of eye-catching LED strakes under the headlights.

The 2008 trim lineup kicks off with Active and the slightly upgraded Active Premium. Allure is the mid-range specification and also comes in a boosted Allure Premium versions. GT Line is Peugeot’s sporty trim, similar to BMW’s M Sport or Audi’s S Line. This spec was renamed simply to GT partway through 2020. GT Premium is right at the top of the range with all the luxury features added.

What features does the Peugeot 2008 have?

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 1.2-litre turbo petrol. This completes the 0-62mph run in a hair under 11 seconds, so will feel a little more relaxed at higher speeds. PureTech 130 versions use the same 1.2-litre petrol engine but turned up to 130hp, bringing the 0-62mph dash down to 8.9 seconds. The most powerful version is the PureTech 155 which, as the name suggests, makes 155hp, 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

Pre-2020 2008s also offered a 1.2-litre non-turbo petrol engine with 82hp. This is fine at town speeds but will feel strained at overtaking speeds on the motorway. Above it is a turbocharged version with 110hp that's better 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.

Is the Peugeot 2008 a good car?

Yes, the Peugeot 2008 is one of the best small SUVs on the market right now. It has economical engines, a posh interior, secure handling and better 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. Find out what it's like to live with in our full Peugeot 2008 review.

Peugeot 2008 FAQs

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.