Peugeot 2008 (2013 – 2019) Review

Peugeot 2008 (2013 – 2019) At A Glance

4/5
Honest John Overall Rating
The Peugeot 2008 scores well for its efficient engines, comfortable interior and smart styling. In other words, it’s a terrific all-rounder.

+Excellent 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine, more spacious and practical than the 208, post-facelift version looks smart.

-Pre-facelift cars are best avoided, not exactly memorable to drive, unusual driving position.

Insurance Groups are between 10–23
On average it achieves 79% of the official MPG figure

The Peugeot 2008 is to the Nissan Juke what the 3008 is to the Qashqai. While the Nissan models were pioneers of the modern breed of crossovers, carmakers like Peugeot were left fighting to keep up. Launched in 2013, the 2008 is based on the 208 supermini, but a chunkier body, raised ride height and slightly roomier interior makes it a better overall package than the car it is based on.

The compact crossover is one of the world’s most popular body styles, so it will come as no surprise to discover that the Peugeot 2008 was a hugely successful car. Launched in 2013, the 2008 rode on the coat-tails of the Nissan Juke, offering a compelling blend of space, practicality, low running costs and low-rate finance.

Production stopped in 2019, when it made way for the all-new Peugeot 2008, but it makes a cracking used buy. Indeed, prices have dropped as low as £4500, while even the more desirable post-facelift model could cost as little as £7,000. There are too many rivals to mention, but the list includes the SEAT Arona, Renault Captur, Citroen C3 Aircross, Ford Ecosport and Vauxhall Mokka X.

The 2008 doesn’t really stand out in a crowded market, because it doesn’t really excel at anything. It’s certainly more spacious and practical than the 208 supermini, but the styling of the pre-facelift car hasn’t aged well, while the driving experience is nothing to write home about. So why should the Peugeot 2008 be on your shortlist?

The 1.2-litre PureTech engine is a real positive, offering an excellent blend of punchy performance and diesel-like efficiency. It’s available in a choice of outputs, including a 130PS version, which gives the 2008 a surprising turn of pace. Unfortunately, the chassis doesn’t have what it takes to harness the power, with the car feeling unsettled and unwieldy when driven with any degree of enthusiasm.

This engine was introduced as part of the 2016 facelift, which also ushered in a new look for the popular crossover. It worked well, with the new car boasting a more premium and upmarket appearance. It still looks fresh today, four years later.

Inside, the i-Cockpit uses a small steering wheel and a raised instrument panel to deliver a look and feel that’s unique to Peugeot. It’s a bit ‘Marmite’, but if you can find a good driving position, you’ll probably love it. The level of quality is good, but some parts of the interior feel hollow and plasticky.

It’s just a shame the 2008 is so uninspiring to drive. We could forgive the general feeling of detachment if the ride quality was good, but the Arona and C3 Aircross are more comfortable. It doesn’t help that the steering is so darty, which takes a while to get used to. To almost borrow a phrase from a margarine brand, we can’t believe it’s not better.

We’d recommend a car with Grip Control. It works like an all-wheel-drive system to provide greater traction in slippery conditions, with modes for snow, mud and sand. It does this without the drop in fuel economy you’d experience in cars with a ‘proper’ all-wheel-drive system.

A jack of all trades and a master of none, then? This might seem a little unfair, but it’s hard to think of a single reason why you should choose a 2008 over any of its immediate rivals. Then again, we can’t think of many reasons why you shouldn't choose it. How’s that for the least conclusive conclusion of 2020?

If you're looking for the newer version, you need our Peugeot 2008 review

Ask Honest John

Should I choose winter tyres or a car with 4WD?
"I travel a snowy/icy route to work over the Pennines. I am debating between a Peugeot 2008 with Grip Control with all season tyres or winter tyres or a Dacia Duster with selectable 4WD mode I'm considering buying a petrol 2019 2008 for £15,000 or purchasing a new Duster diesel 4x4 for £20,500."
Winter tyres trump the lot and will be all you need, especially on a car with Grip Control. That said, they'll not perform well in summer so you'll need space to store another set of wheels or tyres. A 2008 with all-season tyres will still be better than a four-wheel Duster on summer rubber.
Answered by Russell Campbell
Can you recommend an automatic car up to £13,000?
"I'm looking to buy an automatic car. My criteria in order of importance is: safety, reliability, air con, boot space, and sat-nav and connectivity to phone. The Peugeot 2008/3008 has peaked my interest, but am interested in other SUV/non-SUV options. I'm used to driving a Nissan Almera 2005 SX, but it's on its last legs."
The Peugeot 3008 would get my vote over the 2008. The 3008 has a smart design inside and out and has a more comfortable ride than the 2008. It's also a good dealer roomier, although both models have plenty of space for their size. Peugeot's PureTech petrol engine is excellent, way punchier than you would imagine given is diminutive 1.2-litre capacity and the 3008's eight-speed automatic gearbox changes gear very smoothly, and makes the Peugeot a relaxed cruiser. In terms of safety, the 3008 gets a five-star rating from Euro NCAP, plus you get air conditioning,Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, so it is easy to mirror the display of your phone on the car's big screen. In terms of reliability, you can find out about the issues we've encountered following the link to the review below, however, Peugeot scored second from bottom in our user satisfaction survey for reliability: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/peugeot/3008-2017/good For rock-solid reliability it's worth looking out the Toyota Corolla, which is safe and has all the equipment you need but doesn't have a huge boot. Also take a look at the Honda Civic, it also has all the kit you need, has a big boot and scores well for reliability. Reviews for both, below. https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/corolla-2019/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/honda/civic-2017/
Answered by Russell Campbell
Should I buy an older car for cheaper VED?
"I am looking to buy a used Peugeot 2008 petrol auto 1.2 engine. My online research has shown that prior to 2017 the VED payable is £20 but after that date is £155. Looking at the CO2 emissions it seems the older cars emitted less which seems at odds with progressive engine design which usually dictates that engines are more efficient. Do these figures suggest that the later engines are less efficient or are the newer engines quicker (from 0-62)? I would be much happier paying £20 per annum than the larger amount and at my age (80+). The age of the car is not as important as a low mileage, well-looked after model."
It's not that the older car emitted less CO2, it's that the testing regime was changed, it got tougher and cars scored more poorly in it. At around about the same time, the taxing regime also changed so that cars that previously cost little to tax started costing a lot more. I'd agree with you, condition, mileage and how are car has been maintained is more important than the age, I would get an older version in good condition that won't pay the vastly inflated tax.
Answered by Russell Campbell
Should I fit winter tyres or all-season tyres?
"I drive for a few miles in what can be very poor conditions in the winter due to snow, so looking for a car that isn't a 4x4 but still good in snow (part of the journey includes a very steep hill with nothing to stop you driving off the edge!). Should I get: a. a car with winter tyres b. a car with grip control and all season tyres (my current car's set up - it's a Peugeot 2008) c. a car with grip control and winter tyres"
The answer to this question will depend on what you mean by 'poor conditions'. If you are talking about icy roads, for example, a good quality set of all-season tyres will be fine. However, if you live in a rural area that's affected by snow in the winter then I'd recommend a car with grip control and winter tyres.
Answered by Dan Powell
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