- Peugeot’s pushed the boat out with the exterior styling
- It looks great on the inside, too
- It’s still a sensible family car that’s spacious and cheap to run
- The eye-catching design won’t be for everyone
- Basic models miss out on the fancy digital dashboard
- The long-throw manual gearbox feels imprecise
The Peugeot 2008 is a great small SUV that competes with the likes of the SEAT Arona, Skoda Kamiq, Renault Captur and Volkswagen T-Cross, while it also shares many of the same underpinnings as the Vauxhall Mokka. What the Peugeot can claim as a USP is its striking design that really does make the Peugeot 2008 standout from the crowd. But it has plenty of other things going for it other than its looks. It's very practical, has great handling and a decent range of engines. Read on for our in-depth 2024 Peugeot 2008 review.
Let's start with those looks. The Peugeot 2008's combination of piercing LED headlights, huge grille and pointy daytime running lights give it the toothy grin of a lion – Peugeot’s badge mascot. Around the sides, there are plenty of creases and angles, while at the back you get tail lights that look like scratches caused by a big cat’s claws. It's nothing like any other small SUV. Even in its basic Active Premium trim level it looks good, but the 2008 really looks the business when in GT Line trim. In 2023, Peugeot facelifted the car. The general styling themes remained the same, but the new face introced sharper edges for a slightly cleaner look.
And the striking design of the Peugeot 2008 continues on the inside with a sculpted dashboard that’s split into two layers. You get a central infotainment screen and digital instrument binnacle up top, and a strip of metal buttons below. Depending on what model you go for, you can also have dashboard stitching and carbon fibre like trims.
The real talking point of the Peugeot 2008, however, is the digital instrument binnacle that’s brimmed with cool animations and slick graphics that make the analogue dials in other small SUVs look archaic. That’s in addition to a seven-inch central infotainment screen that’s fitted with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can mirror your phone’s functions on the car’s big screen. Higher-spec cars got a bigger ten-inch screen, and during the 2023 facelift, this bigger screen was made standard across the range.
What’s great about the Peugeot 2008 is that its cool design doesn’t come at the expense of practicality. This is one stylish car that'll fit into family life with no issues. There’s plenty of adjustment to get comfortable in your driver’s seat and the rear seats will accommodate two adults, although tall passengers might be short of knee room if the driver is also tall. The boot, meanwhile, is about average for the class. It’ll swallow a few suitcases and the adjustable floor means there’s no load lip to lift heavy items over.
It’s a well-rounded package that gets better when you hit the road. The Peugeot 2008’s light controls make it an easy car to drive slowly in town and the raised ride height gives you a clear view of the road ahead. It’s a quiet cruiser for a small car and it even handles corners well: it doesn’t lean too much and there’s plenty of grip.
The PureTech petrol engine offered with the Peugeot 2008 – with either 100, 130 or 155PS – offers nippy performance and sounds sporty under acceleration. Want more economy? Then consider the 100PS diesel model. Looking for a car that produces zero emissions, is exempt from paying the London ULEZ and Congestion Charge? Then you’ll want the all-electric e-2008, which offers instant performance and almost-silent thrust.
In other words, the Peugeot 2008 has all the bases covered if you’re looking for a small SUV that’ll fit easily into your life. But perhaps what’s most impressive is that Peugeot's managed to package these talents in a car that’s also truly desirable.
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Is the Peugeot 2008 right for you?
If you're looking for a relatively small but practical family car that'll cost buttons to run, but will also stand out in a car park full of Volkswagen, Skoda and SEAT SUV crossovers, the Peugeot 2008 is a great choice for you.
What other cars are similar to the Peugeot 2008?
The Peugeot 2008 has plenty of competitors including the Volkswagen T-Cross, Skoda Kamiq and SEAT Arona, all of which are well designed and spacious. The Renault Captur is another stylish option, while the Ford Puma looks great and is nice to drive, too. Also worth considering are the Nissan Juke and the Citroen C3 Aircross.
Peugeot 2008 Allure models and above get a clever 3D virtual instrument panel as part of Peugeot's iCockpit setup. This takes a little getting used to, projecting information in hologram from within the driver's eyeline, but Peugeot claims it cuts reaction times. While we're not entirely convinced of its practical benefits, it's certainly funky and modern to look at.
You get a higher seating position than you'll find in a Skoda Kamiq or Volkswagen T-Cross, but not everyone will get on with the iCockpit layout. The intention is that you'll position the seat to see the dials over the steering wheel rather than through it, but some drivers will find they don't 'fit' this seating position.
It's also a shame that no Peugeot 2008 features adjustable lumbar support as standard.
Quality and finish
It's easy to mistake the Peugeot 2008's cabin with one of a much more expensive SUV. Its two-layer dashboard design is made of soft-touch plastics and you get classy stitching and carbon-fibre look trim. Sure, there are harder plastics lower down in the cabin but nothing that feels out of place in a car at this price point. We expect it'll wear well, too.
Infotainment: Touchscreen, USB, nav and stereo in the Peugeot 2008
In early 2008s, you got a 7.0-inch touchscreen display as standard with most trims including the entry-level car, while the screen increased in size to a 10-inch item on GT Line models. The systems featured TomTom-based navigation on some models as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which mirror your phone’s display and allows you to use many of its features on the car’s big screen. The infotainment is easy enough to use, although responses can be a