Peugeot 2008 Review 2024

Peugeot 2008 At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
If you are looking for a sharply-styled small SUV with low fuel costs and a comfortable interior then the Peugeot 2008 will be for you. Cheap to run and good to drive, the 2008 stands out in the highly competitive SUV market.

+Stylish good looks. Excellent 1.2 PureTech petrol engine. Upmarket and comfortable interior.

-Peugeot's i-Cockpit layout won't be for everyone. GT models are popular but pricey. EAT8 automatic gearbox is cumbersome at low speeds.

On average it achieves 0% of the official MPG figure

The 2008 is the face of Peugeot's relaunch as a serious contender in the SUV market. Smartly styled, good to drive and offered with the excellent 1.2 PureTech petrol engine, the 2008 is one of Peugeot's best-selling cars in the UK and a key rival to the Ford Puma. We'll cover everything you need to know in our Peugeot 2008 review. 

The Peugeot 2008 is the SUV version of the 208. This means it shares its engines, mechanical platform and much of its in-car tech with Peugeot's popular small car.

That said, being an SUV, the 2008 is taller, wider and longer than the 208. Most versions measure 4.3 metres in length and 1.8 metres in width, which means the 2008 will fit in most garages. 

The small SUV market is highly competitive and the Peugeot 2008 rivals some impressive machinery, which includes the Nissan Juke, Ford Puma and Renault Captur. For us, the well-equipped and sharp handling Puma is the class leader but the 2008 isn't far behind the Ford when it comes to road handling and value. 

The interior of the 2008 takes a similar approach to the 3008, with lots of soft-touch materials and cutting edge tech that includes Peugeot's fancy 3D i-Cockpit system that combines a small steering wheel with a low-slung digital display, which you'll either love or loathe. 

The 2008 is offered in four trim levels. Most versions are well-equipped as standard; the mid-spec Allure Premium model gets 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a reversing camera and the aforementioned digital dashboard with a 3D instrument display.

If you want the ultimate 2008 then you can get the desirable GT spec which adds a sporty body pack, 10-inch navigation and leather effect seats. 

The 2008 isn't as practical as the Puma with its 'MegaBox' but you do get a 434-litre boot with an adjustable load floor. You also get a load space that measures 1800mm from the boot lip to the back of the front seats when you lower the second row. 

The engine line up includes the 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine and Peugeot's familiar 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel. Most buyers opt for the turbocharged petrol; it's one of the best three-cylinder engines out there, blending affordable running costs with punchy performance. You get the choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed torque converter gearbox on most versions of the PureTech. 

The 2008 is one of the best small SUVs for comfort on 17-inch wheels, with its supple suspension and plush cabin doing a pretty good job of insulating its occupants from harsh road surfaces and outside noise. However, despite its soft set-up, the 2008 is pretty good to drive with its nicely weighted steering and responsive chassis providing genuine involvement on a twisty A road. 

Peugeot's small SUV isn't the cheapest option, with prices in 2022 starting close to £23,000. If you choose a GT model, with a few options, you'll easily exceed £30,000. That said, the 2008 is a likeable and upmarket small SUV that backs up its chic style with lots of substance.

We lived with a 2008 for six months - find out how we got on with it in our Peugeot 2008 long term test. Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's Peugeot 2008 review.

Ask Honest John

What is a suitable car for a retired couple?

"We have a Citroen C3 Picasso which we now wish to change. It has been a great success for a 6ft 1in man and 5ft 2ins wife. Motoring is local, South Somerset lanes, plus main and motorway driving in UK and Europe. We wish to change for a similar but petrol-engined type and size vehicle with high seating. Is there any such model in the Peugeot range? Other makes and models you can recommend will be sought out and considered seriously."
We would suggest looking at the Peugeot 2008 or 3008, both of which offer a raised seating position and are available with petrol engines suitable for both town driving and longer journeys. You could also look at the Ford Puma, Citroen C3 Aircross and Toyota C-HR as alternatives.
Answered by David Ross

Whats the best SUV on a £16,000 budget?

"I bought a Peugeot 3008 and a 2006 Hyundai Getz 1.1 I use for work. It's not the most comfortable car and as I'm not using the Peugeot as much as I've decided to sell both and get something down the middle. I do like SUVs but it would need to be comfortable and good on fuel whether petrol or diesel .My budget is £16,000, what vehicles should I be looking at?"
It sounds to us like you already have the ideal car in your garage. If you're only using your Peugeot 3008 at weekends and not longer journeys, you're probably not seeing the best from it in terms of fuel consumption. We would suggest trying it for your commuting, and you should find that the fuel consumption is good - our Real MPG figures show that manual versions of the Peugeot 3008 are achieving over 40mpg, which is close to what you're getting from your Hyundai. This would also save you the hassle of selling two cars and buying something else. However, if you do want to swap for something between the two, you might want to consider the Peugeot 2008. It's a little smaller than the 3008 but still has that SUV feel, and you could go for a version with the same 1.2-litre petrol engine and likely get even better fuel consumption than your 3008.
Answered by David Ross

What's the best car for a passenger with arthritis?

"My husband has arthritis of the spine and our Renault Scenic is very suitable for his needs, with the raised seating position making it easy to get in and out. However, it is costing us too much in repairs and we need another car. I need some advice on a reliable small car which will be cheaper to run and maintain but still have the height my husband needs."
Without knowing your budget I can't be very specific, but have you looked at the Kia Venga, Nissan Note or the Hyundai iX20? These are smaller in size than the Scenic but have taller bodies and higher seating positions than normal small cars. It would also be worth looking at small SUVs (again these have higher seating positions for ease of getting in and out) such as the Vauxhall Mokka, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur.
Answered by Lawrence Allan

Most fuel efficient petrol small SUV?

"What's the best petrol small SUV for mpg?"
The best small SUV for real-world MPG is the Toyota Yaris Cross hybrid, which will easily return upwards of 60mpg. If you want a pure petrol model though, check out the 1.0-litre TSI engine in the Skoda Kamiq or the 1.2-litre Puretech 130 in the Peugeot 2008/Vauxhall Mokka. These are all capable of up to 50mpg, or more if you're gentle on a long run.
Answered by Lawrence Allan
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