Independent review by Peter Hayward from Driving Force
- Good looks
- Multiple engine choices
- Decent to drive
- Lots of competition
- Back seats a little cramped
- Driving position may not be for everyone
What's the Peugeot 2008 like?
The Peugeot 2008 is based on the French brand's 208 supermini but with added SUV looks, including increased ride height and a wider, longer body.
To all intents and purposes though it’s the 208 estate, since it carries the same range of engines and gearboxes and only comes in front-wheel drive form – like so many other SUVs these days.
It does have chunky good looks and a large engine range so that there’s something to suit all needs.
The engine range actually comprises of just five different sizes, but in a vast array of power outputs, with or without start/stop and with either 5 or 6-speed manual gearboxes and 5 or 6-speed EAT automatics.
The main petrol unit is the well-known and excellent 1.2-litre PureTech 3-cylinder, which is available with 82bhp, 110bhp and 130bhp depending on that state of tune.
The mid-range 110bhp models cover the 0 to 60mph sprint in around 9.5 seconds and are capable of 51mpg so they’re quick and economical – but of course, won’t do both at the same time.
The other petrol is the 1.6-litre VTi in older models, which come with 120bhp and covers the 0 to 60mph sprint in around 9.2 seconds. But it loses out on economy, only managing an average of about 36mpg.
The diesel range starts with a 1.4-litre that has just 69bhp and takes around 14.4 seconds to get from 0 to 60mph. It will do 57mpg, but this is not as good as the venerable 1.6-litre that comes next, which has either 75bhp, 90bhp, 100bhp or 115bhp, and should better 60mpg easily enough.
The mid-range 100bhp version is good for 0 to 60mph in 10.9 seconds, but later models were also available with Peugeot’s latest 1.5-litre turbo diesel in 100bhp and 120bhp forms.
The lower powered model gets from 0 to 60mph in 10.3 seconds and can return 67mpg while the 120bhp manages the same in around 9.2 seconds and should return 58mpg.
Safety is excellent, with a 5-star rating, and every model has stability control plus loads of airbags.
As has become the norm with most Peugeots, the ride comfort is excellent for all occupants.
It soaks up the worst surfaces at slow speed with great ease and continues to insulate well from rougher surfaces at speed.
Yet like the rest of the 208 range, it also handles well and safely through the corners, gripping strongly and feeling well balanced.
The power steering is full of feel and reasonably direct, but the small steering wheel has to be carefully placed so the instruments are in view and this doesn’t suits some drivers.
A six-footer could just about get a comfortable driving position while still being able to see the instruments.
Practicality and Equipment
There’s good space for four adults inside, although five would be a squeeze, and the boot is very impressive with all the seats occupied, growing to huge with the rears down, which leaves a completely flat load area.
Upper models have the company’s Grip Control, which uses the ABS braking system to send power to the front wheel with the most grip in slippery conditions – a sort of halfway house to four-wheel drive that works pretty well.
Mid-range Allure models have cruise control, steering wheel rake and reach adjustment, height adjustable driver’s seat, heated mirrors, alloy wheels, parking sensors, and part leather trim.
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