Peugeot 2008 review

The small crossover market has boomed since Nissan launched its Juke and this is Peugeot’s take on the mock SUV genre. It's supermini-sized, apparently, but the 2008 feels and looks bigger than that. It’s a good looking thing too, with more conventional styling than the Nissan Juke it competes with.

What is it?
A small crossover, so the Peugeot 2008 is hot property, as this market is booming as buyers look for a chunky, tall alternative to regular superminis and family hatchbacks. Everyone’s at it and while the Nissan Juke arguably kick-started the frenzy, Renault offers its Captur, Mazda the CX-3, Opel the Mokka and Ford its disappointing EcoSport. All the diesel 2008s offer tax-friendly sub-100g/km CO2 output, as does the 1.2 petrol with the automatic transmission, making it inexpensive to run. A five-year warranty and good equipment levels also appeal. 

What is it like?
Peugeot’s a bit resurgent at the moment, and the 2008 is a big part of that. The interior quality is up there with the best of its rivals, though the touchscreen is a touch fiddly. It comes with Active spec upwards, though the Access entry-level trim doesn’t scrimp too much on kit, coming with air conditioning - Active is the best compromise, however. The diesel engines are a bit noisy and the suspension gets a bit busy, too, but it's no worse than its rivals and offers plenty of interior space.

Carzone verdict: 4/5
No four-wheel drive option here, which is to the benefit of economy, though if you need greater traction Peugeot offers a Grip Control system with mud and snow tyres, increased ride height and an advanced traction control system. Most, if not all, buyers won’t bother, as the 2008 sells on looks, space and equipment, all of which it does well. It’s less divisively styled than its key Nissan Juke rival too. While it's an okay drive, inexpensive running costs (think supermini-like along the lines of its relative, the Peugeot 208) make it a certain hit.

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