Customers in the compact SUV segment are, according to Peugeot, after one main characteristic, that is appearance. If this is the case, then the second generation Peugeot 2008 will be just what they are after. But thankfully, it is not only about style, it runs much deeper, offering space, practicality and a load of spec.
This new Peugeot 2008 takes its cues from the larger 3008 as well as the compact hatchback, the 208. And it is a head turner. Driving this around for a week, especially in the Vertigo Blue my test unit was in, meant I garnered a lot of attention. Well, the attention wasn’t on me, obviously, but certainly on this car.
As I mentioned, as much as these customers are in to looks, there also needs to be substance to back it up. And the 2008 comes with all of that. It is noticeably spacious, even though the exterior might portray otherwise. The interior is really modern and very much Peugeot. If you are a Peugeot fan, you will know exactly what I mean and you will feel right at home in this cabin.
The dash now incorporates Peugeot’s 3rd-generation i-Cockpit, which features a new 3D instrument cluster and a seven- or ten-inch touchscreen infotainment system, model dependant. It has integrated navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The range-topping GT model even has a wireless charging pad which is nicely hidden away from prying eyes.
The boot is at a claimed 434-and has a two-position boot floor which also helps hide a few things if needed. The 60:40 split rear bench can be folded completely flat which is rather handy, especially if you need to load bulky items. Something to note, even with a rear-facing baby seat clipped in to the back seat, the front passenger still has ample leg room.
There is a host of standard safety features with six airbags, ABS with EBD, and electronic stability control with traction control. There is also lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, traffic-sign recognition and park assist, to name but a few.
There is one engine in two guises available. It is the 1.2-litre turbopetrol engine mated to the manual gearbox producing 74 kW and 205 Nm of torque, or when mated to the automatic as in the GT model, it boasts 96 kW and 230 Nm of torque. It is a punchy engine and overall, the Peugeot 2008 has to be one of my favourite cars to drive. It is incredibly smooth and easy to drive. The small steering wheel makes it feel like such an easy car to maneuver and I love that. Some people dislike the size of the steering wheel, but I say try it before you dis it.
This car is not only a great family car due to the practical side of things, but it is also super stylish and a fantastic car to drive. If you’re in the market for a compact SUV and don’t want to follow the crowds to the Volkswagen T-Cross, for example, take this 2008 for a test drive.
PEUGEOT 2008 PRICING
Active 1.2T 74 kW MT6 R359 900
Active 1.2T 96 kW AT6 R399 900
Allure 1.2T 96 kW AT6 R429 900
GT 1.2T 96 kW AT6 R479 900