- 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 little slow compared to slicker systems used in Volkswagens, Skodas and SEATs. During the 2023 facelift, the bigger 10-inch screen was made standard across all trim levels.
Space and practicality: Peugeot 2008 boot space
The Peugeot 2008 is quite a practical choice. At 434-litres the Peugeot 2008's boot space is a good size, and with little in the way of a lip, it makes loading bulky items easy. If you need more space, the rear seats drop to provide 1467 litres of room – pretty good for a SUV crossover of this size, and slightly better than the latest Nissan Juke and Skoda Kamiq. And sticking with size for a moment, the Peugeot 2008 measures 4.3m long and is just under 1.8m wide. That makes it a touch longer than the likes of the Skoda Kamiq, but the width is about the same.
With the seats left up, there’s a generous amount of room for rear passengers, including ISOFIX points for two child seats. Access to the rear is good, too, thanks to wide-opening rear doors. Our only complaint is that taller passengers will want for more knee room if someone tall is sitting in front of them.
Up front and there's loads of room in the Peugeot 2008. Two adults will get comfortable very easily, without any awkward elbow bashing or head-hitting on bumpy roads. There's plenty of storage space for your odds and ends – including fairly big door pockets, generous cup holders and a deep cubby box in the middle of the cabin.
In terms of exterior dimensions, the Peugeot 2008 measures 4300mm long, 1987mm wide and 1530mm in height.
Around town, light steering and excellent visibility make the Peugeot 2008 an easy car to manoeuvre into tight spaces. All models get some kind of parking assistance – from rear parking sensors on the most affordable trim levels to a reversing camera on higher-spec cars. There's an optional semi-automatic park assist feature, which will control the steering when reversing into a space – ideal if the idea of a multi-storey car park fills you with dread.
The small steering wheel means the Peugeot 2008 feels surprisingly agile on the open road, too, although – like with other Peugeot models – it can make the car feel slightly too darty on the motorway. It's not as fun to drive as a Ford Puma but it feels safe enough, and it doesn't lean too much in corners. While the ride quality isn't quite as compliant as a Skoda Kamiq, it generally copes well with bumpy roads. Avoid the high-spec GT Premium model with large 18-inch alloy wheels if you're concerned about ride comfort.
What engines and gearboxes are available in the Peugeot 2008?
The 2008 shares a platform with the 208 and it's available with the same 100, 130 and 155PS PureTech petrol engines, as well as a 1.5 diesel with 100PS or 110PS. There's also an all-electric version in the form of the e-2008.
The mid-range PureTech 130 is the most popular. Like all the petrol engines in the range, it’s a 1.2-litre three-cylinder unit, and it’s very good – quieter than most small-capacity turbocharged engines and punchy enough for the majority of drivers. It almost makes the more powerful PureTech 155 seem redundant (and you can only buy that in top-spec trim, anyway).
Buyers can choose from a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox. The manual isn’t the slickest gearbox on the market – a long throw means it feels quite stodgy to use. As such, we’d recommend the EAT8 automatic gearbox. This is a torque-converter gearbox that responds quickly and adds to the premium feel of the Peugeot 2008.
Refinement and noise levels
The Peugeot 2008's refinement levels are just as impressive as a much bigger or more expensive SUV. You won't notice a great deal of engine noise in the cabin, even less in the all-electric e-2008, while road noise is well-hushed (even with the bigger 18-inch alloy wheels and rubber band tyres).
Like most crossover SUVs, you will notice a bit more wind noise in the 2008 than the equivalent hatchback. It's not too annoying, though – it soon turns into background noise that can easily be drowned out by the radio.
Safety equipment: How safe is the Peugeot 2008?
The Peugeot 2008 scored four stars when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP in 2019, although it’s worth noting that the Nissan Juke scored five stars in the same test thanks to its superior pedestrian protection.
The Peugeot’s safety can be boosted by finding one with the optional Drive Assist Pack, which means the 2008 can accelerate, brake and steer itself on the motorway.
The diesel Peugeot 2008 is the most frugal, capable of up to 65.7mpg in combined WLTP fuel economy tests (they're the official source of all MPG figures).
If you don't cover a huge amount of miles, you'd be better off with one of the petrol models of the Peugeot 2008. With the six-speed manual gearbox, both the PureTech 100 and PureTech 130 petrol engines return up to 52.6mpg, while this drops to 48.3mpg if you spec the later with the auto transmission. The PureTech 155 is officially good for up to 46.6mpg.
As is always the case, whether you'll actually see these figures in the real world will depend on anything from your driving style to the weather conditions and the roads you're driving on.
Obviously, the e-2008 will cost even less to run, purely because filling up with electricity is usually cheaper than paying for petrol or diesel. We say 'usually', because some public rapid chargers are just as expensive as using fossil fuel, so for the lowest costs, do most of your charging at home, and on cheaper overnight tariffs.
How reliable is the Peugeot 2008?
It's fair to say that Peugeot does not have the best reputation for reliability and the brand is working hard to rectify this. It has its work cut out, in the 2020 HonestJohn.co.uk Satisfaction Index, Peugeot finished near the bottom for reliability, behind the likes of Fiat. Th