Review: Peugeot 2008 (2013)

Rating:

Decent space for adults in the back. Low load sill. Significantly improved by 1.2 PureTech engine. EGC replaced by excellent EAT6 torque converter auto.

Original EGC automatic gearbox jerky and unpleasant. Four reports of faulty spark plugs during 2018.

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26 August 2019

Made aware of report on Peugeot forum of crumbling 'belt in oil' timing belt in 2015 1.2 puretech 110bhp at 107,000km. Mechanic reported that the timing belt has started to crumble and the debris from... Read more

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Peugeot 2008 (2013): At A Glance

With an upmarket cabin and neat SUV-like styling, the Peugeot 2008 is a small crossover that competes with the likes of the Nissan Juke. As a family car it's usefully practical, despite its small size, with a decent boot and good interior room, especially in the back. Thanks to a raised driving position it's also easy to drive in town while all the engines are economical, making the 2008 cheap to run.

It originally shared its engine range with the 208, with two petrol and three diesel options. Fuel economy and emissions are impressive across the board with the 1.4 and 1.6 HDi engines capable of more than 70mpg according to the official figures. It’s a similar story with CO2 emissions – most models come in with below 110g/km, which means cheap VED and low overall running costs - helped even further by the affordable Just Add Fuel leasing scheme. 

The cabin is neat and classy, with well-finished materials giving a quality feel. The unusually small steering wheel - a Peugeot trademark - can take some getting used to because it feels almost toy-like, plus it means you look over rather than through it, to see the instruments.  Interior space is reasonable, with enough rear leg and headroom to seat adults, which is more than can be said for rivals like the Nissan Juke.

The huge advantage for anyone living in a country area was and is the availability of 'Grip Control', a trick electronic differential that, along with Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons tyres, enables a 2008 to ascent a snow and ice covered 1:3 bank with astonishing ease. For that job it's better than most 4x4 systems with standard summer tyres. 

Unfortunately the original 2008 wasn't the best small crossover to drive. Easy around town thanks to light steering and good visibility, but the 5-speed gear change was sloppy and the automated manual 'auto' was not up to standard.

This all changed with the mid 2016 facelift that brought with it the 1.2 PureTech engines. The 6-speed that comes with the 1.2 Puretech 130 engine is fine and the lower powered PureTech 110 is available with the EAT6 compact 6-speed torque converter automatic. These cars now ride and handle very well and PureTechs come with Grip Control that gives them better than 4x4 capability in snow.

The 2008 is a good looking both inside and out, plus it offers more or less all the practicality you could need from a smaller family car. Add in low running costs and some impressive engines, especially the 1.2 VTi petrol Puretech units, and it makes for an appealing choice.

Peugeot 2008 Road Test and video of Grip Control

Peugeot 2008 1.2 PureTech 110 Road Test

What does a Peugeot 2008 (2013) cost?

List Price from £18,265
Buy new from £21,785
Contract hire from £164.66 per month
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Peugeot 2008 (2013): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4159 mm
Width 2004 mm
Height 1556 mm
Wheelbase 2538 mm

Full specifications

The cabin of the 2008 is classy and neatly laid out, with an uncluttered centre stack and a good choice of upmarket materials. The steering wheel arrangement is novel – the wheel itself is very small, so instead of looking through it you look over it at the instrument dials. It works well for most driving positions but some will find that the rim of the wheel will obscure the speedometer and rev counter.

There’s a good amount of space in both the front and rear rows. In fact it’s even possible to carry adults in the back row, plus the boot is a decent size at 360 litres, although that's lightly smaller than a Renault Captur. However it has a low load lip which is handy when getting things in and out.

Most models come with a touchscreen system that sits at the on top of the centre stack. It’s big and bright, so looks good, but it’s not the most intuitive system on the market and can take some getting used to. It does offer all the functionality you’d expect of a modern car though and all models apart from the entry-level Access+ come with DAB radio, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth.

Equipment levels are reasonable, with all cars getting air conditioning, electric windows and cruise control. You need to move up to Active trim to get alloy wheels, plus you’ll gain the touchscreen system. Higher trim levels gain luxuries like leather upholstery, navigation and Grip Control enhanced traction control.

Standard equipment:

Access+ models come with steel wheels, LED running lights, LED tail lights, roof rails, 2/3 split folding rear seats, electric front windows, remote central locking, cruise control, speed limiter, electrically operated door mirrors, aux-in audio connectivity and manual air conditioning.

Active trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, leather steering wheel, touchscreen system with USB, DAB radio and Bluetooth.

Allure trim adds chrome door mirrors, rear parking aid, dark tinted rear windows, stainless steel scuff plates, LED instrument surround, leather gearknob, automatic headlights and wipers, electric rear windows, dual zone automatic climate control and grip control.

Feline adds 17-inch alloy wheels, panoramic glass roof, satellite navigation, black leather upholstery. 

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What's the Peugeot 2008 (2013) like to drive?

There’s a fairly broad range of engines on offer for the 2008, starting with a 1.2-litre VTi petrol with 82PS. It’s more than adequate for an entry-level engine with plenty of go for town driving and official economy of 57.6mpg. Peugeot also offers a 1.6 VTi petrol engine with 120PS which is noticeably quicker helped by more torque, yet still capable of a claimed 47.9mpg.

For those who tend to drive out of town or who cover long distances, the HDi diesels will more likely fit the bill. There are three to choose from, starting with a 1.4-litre HDi with 70PS. More important than its power output is the peak torque figure of 160Nm at 1750rpm, which makes it fine for motorway cruising. It’s efficient too, with claimed economy of 70.6mpg and emissions of just 104g/km.

The other diesel choices are both 1.6-litre HDi engines with either 92PS or 115PS. There’s little between them in the real world – both offer useful overtaking power, low emissions and impressive economy – the same as the 1.4-litre diesel, in fact, at 70.6mpg. EGC automated manual transmissions are offered with the 1.2 VTi and 1.6 HDi, but this automated manual is best avoided as it's jerky when changing gear. A traditional automatic gear box can be specified with the 120PS 1.6 VTi petrol

The engine range might impress but unfortunately other aspects of the 2008 disappoint when out on the road. The steering isn't as precise or accurate as that on rivals like the Nissan Juke and the ride quality is far from perfect, jiggling and wobbling over broken road surfaces and speed bumps.

Body roll can be a problem at higher speeds, plus the gear change isn't the most slick or precise. None of this is a major problem in and around town though, where compact dimensions and a fairly high-up seating position come in useful, giving a decent view of potential hazards.

Top trim levels and all 1.2 PureTechs (manual and auto) come with a system called Grip Control, which is designed to improve traction on slippery surfaces. The car remains front-wheel drive, but sensors detect and then prevent slip on the front wheels. It has selectable modes for snow and all-terrain and it’s a useful touch if you don't need a full blown 4x4. Paired with Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons tyres it transforms the 2008 from a 'me too' small crossover into a very capable all year round SUV.

 

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.2 Puretech 58 mpg 13.5 s 114 g/km
1.2 Puretech 110 - 9.8 s 113 g/km
1.2 Puretech 110 EAT6 - 10.5 s 133 g/km
1.2 Puretech 130 EAT6 - 9.0–9.3 s 117–119 g/km
1.2 Puretech 82 - 13.6 s 115 g/km
1.2 VTi 110 50–64 mpg 9.9–10.3 s 103–129 g/km
1.2 VTi 110 Automatic 50–59 mpg 10.3 s 110 g/km
1.2 VTi 130 55–59 mpg 9.3 s 110 g/km
1.2 VTi 82 57–58 mpg 13.5–13.6 s 114 g/km
1.2 VTi 82 Automatic 64 mpg 15.4 s 102 g/km
1.2 VTi 92 Automatic 64 mpg 15.4 s 102 g/km
1.4 HDi 71 mpg 14.9 s 104 g/km
1.5 BlueHDi 100 71 mpg 10.6 s 94–102 g/km
1.5 BlueHDi 100 EAT6 - 9.5 s 107 g/km
1.5 BlueHDi 120 EAT6 71 mpg 9.5 s 105 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 81 mpg - 90 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 100 76–81 mpg 11.3 s 90–97 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 120 76 mpg 9.6 s 96 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 75 76 mpg 13.8 s 97 g/km
1.6 e-HDi 115 71–76 mpg 9.6–10.4 s 96–105 g/km
1.6 e-HDi 92 71 mpg 12.8 s 103 g/km
1.6 e-HDi 92 Automatic 74 mpg 13.3 s 98 g/km
1.6 VTi 48 mpg 9.5 s 135 g/km
1.6 VTi Automatic 44 mpg 11.2 s 150 g/km

Real MPG average for a Peugeot 2008 (2013)

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Average performance

79%

Real MPG

33–75 mpg

MPGs submitted

338

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What small crossover would you recommend?

I'm considering buying a small SUV and have narrowed it down to three options, all petrol automatics: Peugeot 2008, Mazda CX3 or Suzuki Vitara. Which would you recommend? Or am I missing an obvious alternative?
The Peugeot 2008 is about to be replaced so, if you're buying new, it might be worth waiting for the new model. Alternatively, I'd want a good deal on the outgoing car. Out of your shortlist, my money would probably go on the Vitara. It's a reliable little SUV that represents excellent value for money. I'd also consider alternatives from Volkswagen Group such as the Skoda Kamiq and SEAT Arona.
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