Peugeot 2008 (2013 – 2019) Review
Peugeot 2008 (2013 – 2019) At A Glance
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?
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